My Last Machos today in Finland’s most important newspaper’s culture pages. ❤️?⭐️
Last Machos goes Helsinki! This is a pre-warning for you! When all the other artists and galleries will have their summer holiday here in Finland I will take over Helsinki together with my Last Machos. And hey, you are more than welcome to Creat Space gallery (Albertinkatu 12, Helsinki) run by Creat. You will get more details soon but the main information you need to write down in your calendar already now is the opening on 20 July, 2017. It will be hot, it will be epic, it will be beautiful, it will be something you do not want to miss.
PS. It really doesn’t matter if you have teeth or not but you should smile ’cause you are invited!
Herra Ylppö & Ihmiset will release their first single from their forthcoming album on Friday this week. The name of the single is Buu. LOVE it, BUU it or SCREW it but the cover photo is by yours truly Aki-Pekka Sinikoski.
Sunrise! Time to wake up! There is a bit of snow left in Helsinki but I can feel it in the air already. Spring is finally here! This morning is the beginning of everything. So much good stuff on its way.
BOOM! There is a major update on Korea’s website.
New interesting projects and a lot of new photos in Peki’s portfolio: Last Machos, Walkapolis, WÖYH!, Samae Koskinen, Dom kan inte se oss så länge vi är synliga, Landscapes, The Scenes, An Island… And there is even more to come. So it’s definetly time to wake up and time to take a moment for you to tune in to our new photos. This is your moment. Do not rush. Breathe.
Passion and respect. Two great words. It’s great to work for and to work with passionate people you respect. Good Day – in Finnish Hyvä päivä. That is the title of Samae Koskinen’s new album. We are happy to tell you that Aki-Pekka Sinikoski photographed both the album art works and promotional photos for this album. Graphic design by our Super 8 Studio’s own beard warrior Jussi Karjalainen. Peki’s album art works for Samae’s Hyvä päivä and Kuuluuko kuuntelen albums can be found in the portfolio section.
BTW, several music magazines here in Finland have given outstanding reviews for Samae’s new album. So if you haven’t heard it yet, maybe you should. We love it!
“The starting point was that I had several visual ideas and I needed a good photographer. I got several recommendations for Aki-Pekka Sinikoski. When I contacted him I thought that he is “just a great photographer” but in the end I got even so much more than just killer photos! Peki listened carefully to all my ideas, selected the good ones and made them great. He really understood who we are and what we do. He also recommended a perfect graphic designer for us and together they crystalized the whole visual identity to our band (and for our IKKILLYK album, promotional photos, posters, ads, merchandise…) They also designed our webpage and helped with social media, PR and other communicational stuff. Some of these ideas even turned out to be performance concepts to our forthcoming concerts; including steam punk instruments, ballerinas and other pretty avantgardish stuff.
–Brilliant, brilliant stuff done with a great passion!”
/Jussi Hyyrynen, WÖYH!
“I have been working with really interesting stuff lately, but creating a visual wonderland for Finnish band WÖYH! has definetly been one of my favorites. Both members in WÖYH! are pretty well known in Finland as musicians (Jussi Hyyrynen as a lead guitarist in YUP and Antti Hyyrynen aka Hyrde as a lead singer and guitarist in Stam1na) but for WÖYH!’s debut album IKKILLYK they decided to start their own record label Kaskelotti Records.
At the beginning of this project we had long discussions so that I would know excatly what these guys wanted and what they didn’t want: Jussi gave me basically full artistic freedom to do what ever I felt was right. All the time during the project I could strongly feel they trusted me in my vision. Jussi always listened to my thoughts carefully and replied that let’s do this, I trust you. –When I said that I needed ballerinas for these photos he told me he trusted me. Same thing when I said that we absolutely need to have an instrument that looks like Doctor Snuggles (Tohtori Sykerö) has lost his old transmitter in the world of Mad Max – he trusted me. My response to this freedom was these pretty twisted visuals that have got incredible good feedback everywhere. For example based on Nuorgam’s album review WÖYH!’s CD package is not only gorgeus but also an example on why CD as a music format should exist also in the future.
Once again I was happy to work with (yet another Jussi) graphic designer Jussi Karjalainen. There were several reasons why I asked him to be a part of this project. The first one is that he is a hell of a graphic designer. The second one is that we work at the same Super 8 Studio and with projects like this, it really gives an advantage to have several fast micro meetings during the day to share the vision and to be sure we are building the same visual world. Co-operating we are really working with each other, creating ideas, stuff, and content together to be sure that photos and graphic design are based on the consept we created.
Yep, and I can promise that there are even more of our shared visions to come! And for the all you WÖYH! fans I can promise that we are already building some new spectacular stuff.”
Check out WÖYH! website coded by Sensei Törönen himself.
The website is designed by Aki-Pekka Sinikoski and Jussi Karjalainen.
Are you in Helsinki tomorrow? If you want to hear about Aki-Pekka Sinikoski’s (and some of his colleagues’) thoughts about working with long documentary photo projects you are more than welcome to Helsinki Exhibition Centre on Friday afternoon (March 8, 2013). Then grab a good cup of coffee and let your feet guide you to the main stage at 1 pm. Event is arranged by Photo RAW and Musta Taide.
As usually Peki hasn’t worked only with long documentary projects but also with a hell of a lot of other interesting stuff. Sometimes in the super near future we will do the major update for KOREA‘s webpage. So beware to do some clickidi clicks with you macidi macs because new stuff we will hit here soon.
King of Korea has some good news for you! We are happy to tell you that Herra Ylppö & Ihmiset: Mustat hevoset – the music video that Aki-Pekka Sinikoski made together with Herra Ylppö – is now Emma nominated for the Best Finnish Music Video 2012.
If you like the video, give your vote for it HERE
P.S. The video has now been watched more than 200 000 times in Youtube. –Not too bad in this “micronation”.
Monsters. Odd little monsters. They are here. Not big ones but small ones. The really strange ones. I do not know where they came from but I know that they have moved into our house. I can see them and I have started to photograph them. I do not have a clue how this is going to end. But there is coming more. Weird things happening…
Hi folks! I have just returned from the outer archipelago of Åland where I spent two weeks in the autumn storms. In case you don’t know, the Åland Islands form an archipelago in the Baltic Sea. The islands are situated at the entrance of the Gulf of Bothnia and form an autonomous, demilitarised, monolingually Swedish-speaking region of Finland. But yes, of course you knew all this already.
I was happy to travel there and to the outer archipelago, together with my wife and my daughter. During day time I was photographing and in the evenings we read children books out loud in the candle light. We lived and worked next to the boat house in the picture above and I can tell you that the sea was all the time present. It was even in our dreams.
Working in these kind of pretty extreme conditions was some what an exotic but refreshing expirience. Two weeks on a lonely island without internet or mobile phone connections and without other people. We used rain water to wash ourself and solar energy to charge the camera batteries. There was a lot of limitations but even so we had everything we needed for a good life.
My photos from the outer archipelago are going to be published in the beginning of next year. I will tell you more soon… Until that, take care – of yourself and the planet.
With piiis and laaav, Peki