Hello fellows! Spring is here, and I have some exhibition news to share. We haven’t had any shows in Finland yet this year, but three exhibitions abroad. After our long exhibition at the Latvian Museum of Photography in Riga, our New Ghosts photos were exhibited as part of the Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malesia.
Now it’s time for our second New Ghosts exhibition in Israel. The Meitar Award Finalists -exhibition is organized by Photo Is:rael, taking place in Nahariya, located in north Israel.
I’m super happy and proud that my debut book has been released in Estonia by a big local publishing house. I haven’t got my copy yet, but it feels amazing to see these photos from some bloggers & the publisher. I’m also happy about how they have used my art photos to promote this book. First I was kind of wondering why, but after a short moment, I realized that maybe there are some similarities between the characters in the story and my photos. It’s kind of funny how long it took for me to notice that. 😀
Kuun valossa (S&S) Under månen (Schildts & Söderströms) Kuu valgus (Rahva Raamat) Other credits like always: Author (FI/SWE): me, myself & IIllustration: Ilja
There are those super brief moments when you are proud of something you have done. (Moments just before you usually find yourself stepping on dog💩 or something similar 🥳)
To celebrate this short moment of gratitude, I wish to share with you some exhibition news I’m happy and proud of. Something that makes me smile. Something both me and Astrid have worked hard for, for many years.
First of all, at the moment I have three international exhibitions at the same time. Two of them together with my daughter Astrid✌️😃✌️
In Israel, we are also one of the finalists for the Meitar Award. 🏆 In Sydney, I’m exhibiting next to fantastic Roger Ballen, and one of my photos is also a nominee for the Best Portrait Photo.
The last years haven’t been only sunshine, but still we have managed to have more than 20 exhibitions in Australia, Israel, Italy, Spain, Russia (Moscow & Yekaterinburg), Malesia, Latvia, Georgia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Germany, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Inari, Orivesi, Oulu, Tampere, Turku, and Helsinki.
I want to thank each and everyone who has helped Astrid and me during our journey. You know who you are. Thank you ⭐️ And still: This is just the beginning! I have even more good news waiting just around the corner. More about that soon❤️
My debut book Under the Moon (Kuun valossa/Under månen) is going to be published in Estonia! The book is illustrated by Ilja Karsikas And guess what – the saga will continue as we are working on the follower for the first book. I hope it’s going to be published at the end of next year.
Good news! I will exhibit my photo series I Love Dogs in Sydney, Australia at the Head On Photo Festival! 🍾
I have been documenting people and their lives in Finland since 2008. This series started while my childhood friend Sam the Guardian Dog and I traveled around Finland. After some deep discussions about identity and change, we began photographing men whose identities included pup play. And yes, of course, I took a portrait of my dear friend Sam as well.
I think this photo series is a journey into the diversity of human beings—discussions about identity and change, about accepting oneself and people around you as they are.
I Love Dogs, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia. 19 November to 19 December 2021