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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.

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Finland 100: 66 – Countdown to Slush

Sony A7RII : f/4.5@80th : ISO 640 : 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 Described as Europe’s leading startup event, Slush is the place for tech startups, investors and media from around the world to get together, share ideas, forge new partnerships, and party! As the photo shows, there’s only two days to go before the kick-off for the official three day event […]

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Finland 100: 65 – Crystal and the Limousine

Sony A7RII : f/16@50th : ISO 800 : EV -0.7 : FE 35mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence I pass this stretch limousine several times a week parked out on the street on my way to the office and then sometimes catch it cruising down Mannerheimintie on weekends. I’m not sure if there’s actually ever anyone inside having themselves a good time but it sure works as […]

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Finland 100: 64 – Freedom for All

Sony A7RII : f/5@100th : ISO 1600 : EV +1.7 : 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 love the idea of a public toilet in a car park near the Olympic stadium being converted into a bar called Freedom. The place opened a couple of years ago and has a lively scene going on during the long summer nights. It closes down for the winter but the […]

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Helsinki 63

Finland 100: 63 – Finn on a Friday Night

Sony A7RII : f/4@100th : ISO 1250 : 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 It’s Friday night and Finn is centre stage, standing up loud and proud in the lights, right next to the KY. Throngs of people will be streaming into Kamppi on one form of public transport or another, ready to sample the neon delights. Who knows where the night will end. With a little help, […]

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Helsinki 62

Finland 100: 62 – Asematunneli in the City Centre

Sony A7RII : f/5.6@60th : ISO 2000 : EV 0.0 : FE 35mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence Asematunneli translates as the ‘Station Tunnel’ and it pretty much does exactly what it says, providing pedestrians with an underground passageway from the railway station into the city centre. And, wherever you have a steady stream of humanity, you’ll find shops selling their wares. In fact, there’s a […]

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Helsinki 61

Finland 100: 61 – Parliament by Night

Sony A7RII : f/9@4sec : ISO 125 : EV -1.0 : FE 90mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence The lights are on but there’s nobody in! The parliament building has been under renovation for months now, not sure for how much longer the work will be going on but, in the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the interesting new view. The lights under the scaffolding’s covers have […]

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Helsinki 60

Finland 100: 60 – Pallet and Metal Grid

Sony A7RII : f/6.3@160th : ISO 160 : 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 Sometimes a photo makes it into the series for no other reason than because it puts a smile on my face. It was shot in Helsinki, so at least that makes it eligible. This was on a regular route walking home and the building work had been going […]

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Finland 100: 59 – Stoic by Nature

Sony A7RII : f/4@200th : ISO 1000 : EV +1.0 : FE 35mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence Generalisations are dangerous, especially when being used to describe a national trait, but I think I can get away safely enough with saying that Finns are by nature not particularly demonstrative. In fact, the word ‘stoic’ springs to mind, whereas ‘taciturn’ may be too much. If you put Italians near the […]

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