In a galaxy very very near

I have thing for fireworks. I love watching them and in the past few years I've been very keen on photographing them as well. This has not always been the case. There was a time when fireworks made me incredibly tense as the sound reminded me of bombs. It took a while but eventually I was able to go outside and enjoy the explosion of colours. As for photographing fireworks, it started with my previous camera that had a fireworks setting. I don't think I was using that setting properly but I loved the messy abstract images I got. Now that I've gotten better acquainted with my dslr I know I should use a tripod to get the proper shots. I however find that it is the random experimental images that speak to me. You know the ones, that look like someone put a laser in a blender or nebulas and galaxies far far away. I do plan to buy a tripod and then I'll try the more professional way of photographing fireworks. After I watched the fireworks marking the beginning of Finland's centenary anniversary and the euphoria of that experience had worn off, I started thinking how I'd just basically watched tens of thousands (maybe even hundreds…

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Of Monsters and Fries

After the first week in Tokyo I started to wonder where all the really over the top Kawaii people were. I was told that it's a common misconception, the over the top street style we often see in magazines and blogs are actually not as widespread as you would think. Sure, you'll see people with individual sense style and you'll find some uniquely dressed groups posing on Sunday afternoons in Harajuku but those "I look like I'm going to a costume party everyday" individuals seemed kind of rare. Maybe I was just not in the right place but maybe that's why I really wanted to visit the Kawaii Monster Café, I needed a proper dose of kawaii while in Tokyo. To call the place a theme restaurant is a bit of understatement. I would describe it as sugar overdose colour explosion extravaganza, if that makes any sense. It's not just the interior and the clothes of the staff that are colourful but the food too. Just when you think it can't get even more kawaii, it's time to sing for one of the customers (the place is very popular for birthdays) and that is done of course on a huge revolving cake meets merry-go-round. Most of the…

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Bring it on 2017

I think we can call 2016 a difficult year for the human race! It's easy to get stuck on the horrible things that have happened (and are still happening) but it's in these difficult times that finding the good becomes even more important. The later half of 2016 was challenging on a personal level. I've was feeling very frustrated and struggled to find energy. Too often  last fall I found myself operating survival mode. The good news is that it's up to me to change things, I have to reprioritise and change the things that are dragging me down. So I'll start 2017 with reminding myself of the great things that happened this past year. During easter I went to London, Pre-Brexit London! Sometimes it's really fun to travel somewhere without any major plans. And having friends who can show you around and offer you a place to stay is priceless. The highlight of my year was definitely the trip to Tokyo. It was a life altering journey that was so much fun! I was so scared when I left, scared of flying such a long distance by myself, scared of getting lost in such a huge city and a whole list of other things. Guess what? Everything went…

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