I am a photographer from Finnish Lapland with a long history in photography. I started taking pictures in 1998, a year after I moved Helsinki to study.
Photography opportunities were limited in the early 2000s if you did not go to art school. I applied to art schools to study photography for several years, but I was never accepted into any of them. The last time I applied to a school was in 2006. In the last phase of the entrance examination for the Turku Arts Academy, I was told: “You are too good for this school; you are not going to have the motivation to photograph squirrels with the rest of the students.” So, I did not make it into school.
I was making a living as a chef and kept documenting life around me with a 35mm film camera.
After living several years in southern Finland I felt a strong desire to return to the North in 2011. I used my all savings and bought a DSLR camera and moved back. One thing led to another and I started shooting nature and landscape pictures for the first time in my life.
The absence of light pollution, the landscape and nature up here are just amazing. When you are born and raised somewhere, your surroundings are normal and you don’t even think about them. You just take it all for granted. But after spending 15 years in the southern cities, I saw the North in a different light and was blown away by the beauty of what we have here.
For the last 6 years I have been crafting my skills in landscape photography, and have turned it into a profession, but I love photography itself as it gives you a freedom to do whatever you want.
My work has been licensed and featured by Apple, Adobe, Lonely Planet, Huffington Post, Wired, Vistit Finland, DocArt to name but a few.
I have been also working as fixer /a location scout for the BBC natural history unit and done few weddings.