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Time Out Sunday / Sideways

Whoosh! Mixed weather summer like substance is just whooooshing by. It is hard to believe that a week has passed since Sidways festival in Helsinki took place and at the same time it seems like light years away.

It was my first time there and dare I say I am hooked - the perfect size city music festival. The kind with clean bathrooms, free water and no camera bans (yay!). Isn't it odd how next to music all those other details play a role in a good festival experience. Not to mention cool merchandise at reasonable price (hey-hello, new pillow!).

For those of you who have been to Dia de la Musica in Madrid - this is the closest thing to that (what it used to be in 2012 and 2013). That's a crazy ass compliment on my behalf.

Summer, music, friends and white nights. Sometimes Nordic life is pretty sweet.


Summer Decay

On this rainy June day I am thinking about a sunny June day in Geneva, Switzerland, 2016. No wonder flamingos are in fashion. 

Time Out Sunday

Brooklyn, NY, USA, March 2017
This week I have been updating my virtual presence a bit. I have finally made the "effort" (oh, please) to have www.kaisaphoto.com working again. Plus I have created couple of pages to give a quick overview of what I really like shooting the most: concerts, cityscapes and streets. Such an urbanist I am. (so I will probably post nature photos next ;)) Or to put it more deeply and meaningfully:

Kaisa (Tallinn, Estonia) is an artist who mainly works with photography. By studying sign processes, signification and communication, Kaisa makes work that generates diverse meanings. Associations and meanings collide. Space becomes time and language becomes image.
Her photos are often about contact with architecture and basic living elements. Energy (heat, light, water), space and landscape are examined in less obvious ways and sometimes developed in absurd ways. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, she focuses on the idea of ‘public space’ and more specifically on spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment: the non-private space, the non-privately owned space, space that is economically uninteresting.
Her works are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. In a search for new methods to ‘read the city’, she often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.
Her works question the conditions of appearance of an image in the context of contemporary visual culture in which images, representations and ideas normally function.
Curtesy of 500 Letters Artist Statement Generator. ;)

(Un)related, here's a big sunny yes to new music! It looks like 2017 is more and more becoming a musical candy store experience for me. Here's a new track (and album in less than two months!) from Arcade Fire. (Ah, how I wish I'd been at Primavera Sound this weekend! Nostalgia, my friend!)


Time Out Sunday

The social pressure to be outside, because it feels like summer. Nothing's really in focus. From my smart phone to yours. So don't, don't, don't, don't you forget about me. (see the video below; earworm)


Urban Jungle

I wish I read more jungle books (?!). You know so I would have some awesome quadruple meaning jungle quote to throw in here. Because I love urban jungles. And Alicante is so impossibly jungle-ish urban environment. I almost didn't mind the cloudy days that stopped me from taking a very lazy beach approach to life. Rolling in the sand and all. One can dream. Snapping out of dreams, getting lost in jungle.


Time Out Sunday

So this it. That one weekend of summer. You have to be outside! Because that's it. So yes, basically that's how life rolls round here. From woollen socks to sandals (I'm so grateful that socks in sandals is a thing tho; yes it is!).

Lately I have been googling Martin Parr, The Handmaid's Tale and things of general interest (...). Martin Parr is a pure genius (no he's not, but I am having a fan-girl moment here). I have liked his bold colourful street photos for a while, but recently I have had some moments where I was literally thinking: omg, I am inside a Martin Parr photo, it's the reality! That's a great sensation, to live in someone else's creation.

Unless that creation is something as eerie as Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale". While I had read several books by her in the past then never this one. However, with all the hype (and Rory Gilmore!) around the TV series I felt like I need to catch up. Yes, you should probably read it, too. So we can discuss power-hungry human madness over a cuppa. (ahem)

And long before all that my love for Vetusta Morla was rekindled. The best of Spanish indie rock. I love how they package their albums, art of work is not only in music... so here are some photos (I somehow ended up shooting in the darkest corner of the room on a very sunny day).

Vetusta Morla has kidnapped me alright. Like a monster. The good kind.


Dub Dub Dublin

Temple Bar 2017
In summer 2005 I stepped on the soil of Dublin for the first time. My friend and me, we had our doubts. It was a bit gloomy and rainy and there was a whole lot of puppy poo around. It did take us some time to warm up to Dublin. Having a great time at Coldplay concert (you know, back then when they were an alternative band) and good shopping at Penneys did help along. I had a CD walkman and I shot on film (not 'cos it was hip and cool, but 'cos affording a decent digital camera was waaaaay out of question). We stayed with a friend of a friend who was called Patrick (I think; or then I make it up 'cos it sounds... well, Irish; though he was not). Time before social media and messaging apps.

The Temple Bar at Temple Bar 2005
In spring 2016 and 2017 I have returned to Dublin to visit friends and family in Ireland. I have an iPod and a digital camera (still Canon tho). Oh and then one of those film cameras that was manufactured before my birth (now shooting film is hip and cool, supposing you were in doubt). I'd say Dublin has come a long way. Perhaps so have I. Every time I fall in love with this town a little bit more. Oh and they're totally tackling that puppy poo issue (all those signs!). So here are five photos from 2005 (straight out of camera, if you wish) and five photos from last week that are in a way or another depicting the same place.

St. Patrick's Cathedral 2017 (when you're too lazy to walk to the gate and try to get a photo through bars and bushes)
St. Patrick's Cathedral 2005 (it used to be one of my favourite photos...)
Stephen's Green Shopping Centre 2005 (this building always reminded me of some seaside resort hotel)
Stephen's Green Shopping Center 2017 (the first time I went inside; it's gorgeous; also, got a woollen sweater - baa!)
River Liffey and Ha'penny Bridge 2005
Ha'penny Bridge 2017
O'Connell Bridge and The Spire 2005 (see, that narrow thing in the upper right corner; it was one of my first memories of Dublin, seeing that from the bus window)
The Spire 2017 (from Mary Street)