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Here is where images often first appear, before I have had time to develop a Project or Photo Essay to its final stage. It is the place to share some of the material I have been working on at an early stage of the process, together with the experiences around the work. Dive in and see what you find. For a more precise dive, select a category.

Helsinki 74

Finland 100: 74 – Finlandia Hall on Independence Day

Sony A7RII : f/13@640th : ISO 500 : 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 Happy Independence Day, Finland! Today, 99 years ago, is the actual day when the Parliament of Finland ratified the Declaration of Independence proposed by the Finnish Senate two days earlier on 4th December, 1917. Finns are understandably hugely proud of having gained their independence from Russian rule. When you […]

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Helsinki 73

Finland 100: 73 – Frosted Leaves and Granite

Sony A7RII : f/4@60th : ISO 2500 : 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 The point where frosted forest leaves meets moss and lichen covered granite rock… Even though the sun has little warmth to it at this time of year, the temperature can be so finely balanced that the frost remains undisturbed only in the areas it has been unable to reach. Barely two metres to my right, […]

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Helsinki 72

Finland 100: 72 – Cold Steel Roof

Sony A7RII : f/6.3@100th : ISO 320 : 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 study in blue, with a splash of yellow, as the sun sets behind the trees on another beautiful clear evening here in Helsinki. This abstract with a steel roof is part of a tiny building tucked away at the far corner of Seurasaari. It was designed in 2010 for Helsinki […]

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power plant

Finland 100: 71 – Salmisaari Power Plant

Sony A7RII : f/7.1@125th : ISO 2000 : 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 It was such a beautiful sunset as I was heading back into town that I ended up heading off to Seurasaari for a bit of R & R. The sun had set by the time I made it to the southern tip of the island and it was all so […]

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Helsinki 70

Finland 100: 70 – Caution Boy Dummy

Sony A7RII : f/11@0.3sec : ISO 160 : EV -1.0 : FE 55mm f/1.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence I have no idea why there is a dummy of a boy standing in a window display, wrapped in yellow caution tape and holding a torch. I know it is next door to a children’s daycare and it is on a busy road, so maybe it is someone’s attempt […]

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Helsinki 69

Finland 100: 69 – There be a Dragon up North

Sony A7RII : f/9@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 We may not have windmills and giants to face down in battle when suffering a ‘quixotic’ episode from prolonged exposure to winter blues, but there’s plenty of cranes and the occasional dragon to see you through.  I pass those cranes every time I go to the studio and they are actually the vertical part […]

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Parliament façade

Finland100: 68 – Order and Disorder

Sony A7RII : f/5.6@0.3sec : ISO 640 : EV -0.3 : FE 90mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence Here’s another shot of the Parliament building whilst it is closed for renovations. With the exterior covered up, the lights shining through the material at night make such a graphically strong backdrop that I just had to stop again. The organic chaos of the trees silhouetted against the straight lines […]

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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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