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Greenwich Ghosts

Ghosts from the past are a blast! (Hello, Hallmark, yes I'd love to work you!) Perhaps not all ghosts, but some... like the ones from my first ever visit to Greenwich Village, New York. Rainy November afternoon 2014. One of the reasons I take photos is that I am such a sucker for some time travel and dusting off all kinds of ghosts. The kind that remind me how it felt to see the facade of the building they used on "Friends" (not featured here as a really unimpressive photo on my side). Little jump. Little joy. Little ghost.


Your Smoky China, Just Around the Corner

Just another weekday evening on Manhattan. Or perhaps it wasn't "just another" at all, but what do I know - I was a mere visitor. Anyhow, there I was with my ice-cream cup and camera wandering where all that smoke comes from. Human curiosity at its best or worst. (One would think that a wise person walks away from the smoke.) They were shooting some commercial with a lot of smoke, a dragon and a kissing couple. Some out of towners felt like chatting to me about their favourite tea room in the area. Just another weekday evening on Manhattan. Spring 2017.


Time Out Sunday

Oh, I really should make an update on cool books I've read (not so) recently. But no. Here I am stomping my feet (in a cute time travel fashion, thankfully). Fever rising (literally; hello summer-cold!).

Stomping my feet, because my relationship with Instagram as we know it (so super tight) is over. More than five years. The last drop (after the annoying algorithms that stopped me from seeing new content) was advertising. In June ads reached my feed... and ruined it. My Instagram feed was my visual break from daily chores. Something I enjoyed. I followed accounts for their content. I wasn't looking to do business or become famous. But you know when in between minimalistic landscapes and an occasional latte-gram you get a surprise needle in a lip Botox ad then that's a deal breaker. Beer, fitness, beauty, fitness, misspelled slogans, etc. I don't hate ads as such. I do buy a Vogue now and then 'cos I adore the beauty of the high end ads printed there. And I do understand that that's how business rolls. But I don't have to roll with it. (I sort of do if I don't wanna pull the plug completely.) So I will cut my down Instagram time. (I already went a week without it.) Mainly 'cos I don't want someone's misspelled needle in my lip if I can help it.

Yes, emotional much. On a (not so) side note. I am trying out VSCO social network (find me here) and rekindling my relationship with Twitter (I seem to do so in every six months or so). Because despite all I do love those modern times that include social media.

So let's end on an upbeat note.


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 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!)