Helsinki 66

Finland 100: 67 – A Cloud at Sunset

Sony A7RII : f/6.3@80th : ISO 400 : EV -0.3 : FE 55mm f/1.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence A beautiful, clear winter’s day here in Helsinki was calling out to me all day, tempting me to bunk off from my task in front of the computer selecting images from my latest shoot. I finally managed to get the selections done and off to the client as the last rays of […]

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Brexit Bollocks

Finland 100: 44 – English Cider in Helsinki

Sony A7RII : f/8@100th : ISO 1600 : EV -0.3 : FE 35mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence When there’s a snowstorm going on, it’s not necessarily a bad decision to take the easy option and find a cosy spot indoors. Just to get this off my chest and without wishing to go on too much of a socio-political rant about Britain and it’s disintegrating relationship with […]

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Helsinki 23

Finland 100: 23 – Bird of Spray

Sony A7RII : f/8@80th : ISO 500 : EV +0.3 : FE 55mm f/1.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence A grey concrete background and a grey granite gravel foreground, on a grey day. What’s needed is a colourful bird of spray through the middle to lift the senses. Someone else did all the hard work, all I had to do was point the camera and shoot. Wish I […]

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Finland 100: 1 – Grains of Sand

Sony A7RII : f/9@640th : ISO 200 : EV +0.3 : FE 55mm f/1.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence In the year 2017, Finland will celebrate 100 years of Independence. In celebration of this event and leading all the way up to New Year’s Day, ‘From HEL and Back’ will be posting 100 images of untypical scenes of Finland. The majority of the photographs are likely to be from Helsinki (HEL), as this is where […]

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Burger Joint

Buenos Aires, the Last Word

When I say ‘the Last Word’, I don’t mean that I’m going to be able to give you all the low down you’ll need to get yourself around Buenos Aires, far from it. This is more the last word on my own particular journey, the final entry of my South American journal. Even though I started and ended my journey here, I don’t feel I have a handle on this sprawling metropolis that you sometimes hear described as ‘the Paris of South […]

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Sea view from Lima

Memories and Reflections of Lima

Arriving at Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima after my timeout in Máncora brought back memories of all those times I and my siblings had flown in and out of here as children; the sadness of the parental goodbyes quickly evaporated if you were lucky to find other friends travelling at the same time as you; then returning for the holidays, mum’s chocolate cake unlikely to survive the first sitting, the joy of greeting our two dogs, grumpy Ming and flirty Fanny, the various cats, seeing […]

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PotD: Miraflores en tu corazón

Sony A7RII : f/11@1000th : ISO 250 : EV -0.3 : FE 90mm f/2.8 This image of the Costa Verde below the Malecón in the wealthy district of Miraflores evokes a lot of childhood memories. Before heading off to school in England, I’d lived a carefree life in this part of Lima. Memories of sliding fast down the cliff face so as to stay ahead of the dislodged rocks coming up behind us; trying to hit crabs that clambered over the breakwaters with stones we gathered […]

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Mancora Beach

Mancora Beach and Existentialism

After having been on the road for over a month and with my birthday looming, I decided to check out and head off to a beach for some well-deserved R & R. I’d heard good things about Máncora up in the far north of Peru and booked myself a flight from Arequipa to Piura. It’s all well and good roughing it on overnight buses for a while but every now and then you’ve got to treat yourself to a creature comfort […]

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Arequipa and the Colca Canyon Rush

After a great five days in Cusco, I headed a little further south to Arequipa, the capital of Peru for a brief period in the mid 19th century, and still regarded by many of its inhabitants as the country’s cultural centre. Being the birthplace of Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010, helps to re-inforce their gleeful claim to moral and cultural superiority over the coastal den of iniquity that is Lima. I found myself staying at a […]

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Cusco Market

Hanging out in Cusco for New Years

I arrived in Cusco before sunrise aboard the Bolivia Hop bus, having left La Paz almost 24hrs earlier. The journey had been broken up by spending half a day checking out Lake Titicaca so I wasn’t feeling too spaced out when my feet touched the ground in Cusco. Bolivia Hop, the same people who run Peru Hop, organise taxis to get everyone to their arranged accommodation when you arrive in town and I was amused when my taxi whisked me off up the […]

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