River

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“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.  I am haunted by waters.”
Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

At times, when I come home with a picture like this, I again realize how insufficient the division of photography into genres is. Sure, the waterfall is part of a landscape – which is not shown here. And sure, the photo shows something in nature – but is that what it is about? Of course, part of the problem lies in the rather artificial boundary we draw between nature and ourselves. We don’t call street photography wildlife art even though there usually appear a lot of animal creatures (of the species Homo sapiens and Canis familiaris) in it. In a way, I think nature photography is a genre in which “things merge into one” as Maclean writes. Let me explain.

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Lost Souls

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I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

From “Invictus” by William Ernest Henly, 1875

When I took this picture I was sitting out on the cliffs in dense fog. The morning was chilly and the silence complete. The fog was isolating miniatures out of the larger landscape, like this life buoy sitting atop a sea of frozen waves of rock.

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On Location: Kiutaköngäs

Kiutaköngäs is the name (and isn’t that a beautiful name) for the main rapids of the river Oulanka in the Oulanka National Park in Finland. The rapids, easily accessible even for the not-so-hiking-inclined, are one of the major natural attractions in Finland: 135m (443 feet) of pure rock and fury. In the whole rapid area the water drops 14m over a stretch of 325m. It is quite a spectacle. But still, somehow such famous sights make me hesitant. Why add another photograph of something that has already been photographed a million times? But I also challenged myself on whether I was seeing Kiutaköngäs the right way.

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On Location: Riisitunturi

Coming back from a recent trip to Kuusamo in northern Finland I am going to post here some behind-the-scenes videos. Each video will be very short and focus on a single photography location. I’ll start with Riisitunturi National Park, which lies west of Kuusamo in Posio, Lapland. The weather was very sunny, which is in my view better for hiking than for photographing. Still, I hope some of the vastness of the landscape made it into the photos.

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