2 Oct 2017

Photogrpaher Katja Jensen in her own Words

Katja Jensen, born in 1998, Denmark


My journey started before I was born, with my mom being an equestrian. Even though I had three elder siblings, I was the only one that held onto the love for the horses as I grew up. I remember when I was no more than four years old, I would often grab an old bucket, and wander out to the paddock. We had the gentlest standardbred mare there, and I would scramble onto her back, with the help of the bucket, and then just sit there for hours. That’s when I started to wonder how incredible would it be, if I could do this for the rest of my life?

I didn’t have an easy childhood. I was bullied up through middle school, and so the horses became my sanctuary. I have always been one to feel strongly, and so I would react resolutely on those feelings. My fellow schoolmates couldn’t quite understand it. But the horses didn’t ask questions or judge me. They would just welcome me right in, with their big, brown eyes and soft muzzles. That’s what I believe horses do best. They connect to you, right where you are, and acknowledges you. Without trying to change you or the situation, but doing so with their acceptance.




When I was around 11 years old, I loaned my mom´s DSLR camera. With no rules to follow, I threw myself at photography, with such eagerness and anticipation that only a child can hold. I photographed absolutely everything. Horses, cats, leaves, flowers, insects, sunsets. The list is long, but in general all that was to be found on the farm.
High school would prove to put an end to my creativity for a while. When I was a teenager, my interests were many, and I couldn’t seem to settle on one for more than a few days at a time. I was into photography, drawing and writing. But to really be good at something, you need to dedicate yourself to that subject. Therefore during my education, my photography was neglected.



After high school I decided to release myself from the students applying to college. Instead I got a job, and started working and saving. This is probably the best decision I ever made. It started out as a gap year, but has later just turned into my way of living. Someday - perhaps - I will find my way back the school bench.
With the stress and pressure from high school gone, I could really begin focusing on what I wanted to do with my life. I had more or less lost the motivation for photography, until I decided to give it another shot. During my school time, I would do small commissioned photo shoots, and some of these shoots woke the smoldering fire inside from my childhood. I knew my passion was still there, I just didn’t know how to find it.

During 2017 I have carried out a project of mine, called “Horses in Motion”. Most of the photos you have seen during this week, have been from this project. I decided to photograph the horses only, without a human's influence. I collected horse models, that I would use for my own photo shoot, in which I decided what I wanted to photograph.
This also led me to more experience with light and different time settings, resulting in photos I haven’t been able to make before. I was often afraid to step out of my comfort zone, during the commissioned photo shoots. I stuck to the things I knew.


Even though this is not my profession yet, I have no doubt that the following years will change that. In February I’m travelling Norway, doing commissioned photo shoots and photographing more models to finish the last of my project. Remember: dreams come in a size too big, so we can grow into them.

Katja.


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28 Sep 2017

October - the Golden Month

Autumn. October.
Cold, dark, wet.
Sunny days, warm afternoons and golden leaves.

Just posting these pictures to cheer you up - it is not that bad after all!

You get to wear your dearest pullover, warm socks, enjoy fire, lid the candles.
You can walk in the forest, enjoy the fresh air and the morning frost -
with you dearest...

nannasalmi horsehair jewelry

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There are all the colours and shades in October.

Have a beautiful weekend!




24 Aug 2017

Foals of Birch Bark by Jenni Tieaho - what else?

Birch bark is very versatile material, and without it the life of the northern 
people would have been much more difficult in the old days. 
When soaked, resilient but easy to bend.
When dry, very hard, durable and beautiful.



Photo by Jenni Tieaho

These foals were seen in Mänttä Art Weeks as well.



Detail of a tail

See more of Jenni Tieaho´s work

Birch bark has been  used for example as a building material for roofs and isolating. 
All kinds of everyday necessities were made of it, too: 
back packs, food storage and cooking dishes, rings, musical instruments,
even shoes.

Birch trees are most common of Finland's deciduous trees, and in Finland's cold 
climate even partly competitive with Finnish forests dominating the spruce. 
Birch trees grow in the coniferous forest zone mixed with conifers, which makes 
them a significant species of hardwood.To get birch bark we don´t cut the 
trees, bark is taken off the trees that are cut anyway.

Birch bark is a fascinating material. No wonder, that Jenni Tieaho has
chosen to work with it side by side with other nature´s materials like willow.


Back pack


Shoes
allthingsfinnish.tumblr.com photo by Marja Pirilä


Photo Tuohimuori, Marjatta Flander-Airola


Rattle and pot cleaner by Tuohimuori


Jewellery box


Jewellery, "poor man´s engagement ring"


Making a birch bark roof
Photo yle.fi


Birch, photo puusto.com


Just imagine yourself and your horse in a birch forest...
There´s no better forest for a forest ride!



22 Aug 2017

Horse of Birch Bark by Jenni Tieaho



We visited Mäntän Kuvataideviikot, "Mänttä Art Weeks" a few weeks ago.
Now we would like to share something very special with you!

 The first thing we saw in the entrance hall as we arrived,
was this natural size horse sculpture .



The posture of the horse and the illusion of movement was so strong
 that you just waited for the horse to stand up, shake himself 
and chortle happily after wallowing on the ground.

The details were amazingly beautifully done.




Poultry netting and birch bark. Absolutely fantastic.

The artist Jenni Tieaho, born in 1969. Works and lives in Lohja, Finland.
Artist of the year 2015

You can read more about Jenni and her work here:
Jenni Tieaho, Enviromental Art


5 Jul 2017

7 x Zandra Ahl, Photographer of the Week 26/17

I have loved horses since I first visited my local ridingschool when I was 7 years old.
After that basically everything was about horses. I bought my first horse when I was 15 
and it turned out to be impossible to have just one so now I have three!

Tuesday
Wednesday

I have been interested in photography since I was a child, even before I took interest 
in horses. My father and his father were into photography so it has been natural for
 me to take photos of everything in my life that I like.

After school I realized quite quickly that I wanted to work as an equine photographer. 
I saved some money to buy myself a DSLR camera and learned equine photography 
by taking photos of my friends horses, so I am basically self-taught.
I guess that I am a dreamer and also a stubborn person so without even thinking twice 
I started my company 2011 and I have never looked back once.


Thursday
Friday
Saturday

The main reason that I wanted to work with equine photography is that I love horses.
I love their beauty, their personalities, the happiness they give their owners. I can also 
combine my creativity in photography working with horses.

Sunday
The best part of my job is to be able to give people beautiful photos of 
their horses to remember them forever.

That is my main motivation and the meaning of my work.

Monday

See and learn more about Zandra on her

Web page

Facebook

Instagram

Thank you, Zandra, for your story and these wonderful photos.
We wish you all the best in the future!


22 Jun 2017

Perfect Midsummer, photos by Nanna Salmi

 Like every traditional celebration, also the Midsummer Eve (juhannus) 
contains traditions which are so important, that without them the 
day just doesn´t feel perfect.

Night before. Picking flowers, enjoying the 
nightless night already...


The day is long... It is so long that you have time to do many things
before the celebration in the evening. Nanna loves to go 
walking by the lake Vesijärvi.


And Otto loves to swim in the lake Vesijärvi!


It´s very usual that the weather changes quickly and dramatically
during the day. Even several times! If the morning was hot and
misty, the early afternoon can be something very different!


Midsummer lunch is eaten with the family and friends. 
Wild flowers play a big role in a table setting. Grandmother´s
table cloth and china is also in use.


Sweet, small, new potatoes and fish - that brings 
the taste of the summer into your mouth!


Does this need any words?


After lunch and nap a little walk in a forest... Collect seven flowers, put them
under your pillow and you will see your fiance to be in your dream...

danishswedishfarmdog smelling wild flowers

What would make this special day a perfection?
Of course - taking the horses for a night swim as well!

nightless night, horses swimming, Finland

After that it´s nice to dress up warm and sit by the fire till the early morning
and enjoy the lightest time of the year when the sun doesn´t go down.
This is the moment we wait for the whole dark and cold winter...


Have a wonderful Midsummer Eve!
Hyvää Juhannusta!











8 Jun 2017

Hevoset Kaivarissa - Horses in Kaivari

Kaivopuisto (Well Park), or in spoken language, Kaivari, is one of the oldest and 
best known parks in central Helsinki, Finland, and also a neighborhood of about 
500 inhabitants where the park is located.

To the south, Kaivopuisto borders the Gulf of Finland. To the north is a residential 
area containing the official private residences of several ambassadors of foreign 
countries to Finland, including the United States, Estonia, Spain, France, Belgium, 
Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Photo Source rantapallo.fi
Kaivopuisto offers several hectares of parks, both on flat ground, and on cliffs. 
The park also includes traces of stone fortifications built in the 18th century. 
Every summer, thousands of Helsinkians come to Kaivopuisto to sunbathe, 
to have picnics, or to hold sport. 

The history of Kaivopuisto began in the 1830s, when the company founded by 
Henrik Borgström founded the previously uninhabited and rotten city of Helsinginniemi 
at the foot of the spa (Ulriikapori spa and well company) with parks. 
Since Russian nobles were not allowed to travel abroad, the Kaivopuisto spa 
became their favorite holiday resort and very cosmopolitan spa  for a couple of decades. 


Source - Wikipedia

Weekend 20.-21.5. was the first sunny and warm weekend this year here in Finland. 
That weekend there was a very  unique event in the middle of Helsinki; "Hevoset Kaivarissa" 
(Horses in Kaivari). This event was a part of the official program of 
Finland 100 years celebration.

The event was organized jointly by the Suomen Hippos, the Finnish Rider Association 
and the Hippolis Center . There were two hundred volunteers involved. 
The aim was to present the horse's versatility and significance as a part of society. 

150 horses were brought to the "living room" of Helsinki and 45,000 people, including 
the ex -president Tarja Halonen, came to Kaivopuisto to see varied shows, 
competitions etc. It was nice to see whole families visiting the event: 
some children saw horses for the first time of their life!

We had a stand at the expo area and were quite busy with the customers, but we
managed to see some shows early Sunday morning.


The children started the day´s shows with the ponies. You know the game: 
music is playing and when it stops, you get down of your pony and 
try to get a seat on a hay pale...



The children were dressed up in costumes: princess, red fairy,
a cow etc...

Then came the adults and their wild show of medieval tournament.
It must have been hot in the body armors!



This year the Finnhorse is also celebrated. The 110 years story
and history of the breed was also told. A Finnhorse has had a very big and
important role in the war and agricultural history of Finland.


Photo source hevosetkaivarissa.fi

Would you like to take a selfie with a Finnhorse?

These following photos are from the event page hevosetkaivarissa.fi




Thank you for the organisation, volunteers and the audience for
a lovely and a very special event!