Please share a bit about your background as photographer.
I am a photography trainer and a photographer because photography chose me. In 1995, I saw Robert Doisneaus photo exhibition in my home towns Photographic Centre and that made a profound impression on me. The exhibition poster is still on my wall to remind me of the event. And in 2002, when I was asked to work and study master – apprentice relationship in the most prestigious photography school in Finland. Photography chose me, and it has become passion. Photography has always something new to offer. You can always explore and learn new things. And passion becomes greater.
What type of photographer are you?
As photography trainer and photographer I love to work with people. Whether is portrait, editorial, commercial, documentary – or workshop, I work together with people. What I love about this, is that how you together do your best to achieve that image you have planned, or that result you have worked together for. Photography for me is cooperation. In 2005, I saw a documentary on Henri Cartier-Bresson. I was inspired by his way of looking at the world. By observing and photographing the universe around you, by finding beauty in your surroundings and by analyzing light and shadow you can create beautiful, photographic images. “Seeing is everything”, Cartier-Bresson said.
What are your favorite motives?
I first thought ´seeing´ meant only visual sense, but later on I have thought for me as photographer it means that I use all my senses when I work with people. Only that way you can work together equally to get ”that best image ever”. As a photography trainer ´seeing´ means how you can support people to achieve their best. Seeing is about to help people to shine – In front of the camera, or behind it. Light & lighting is my another passion. I became interested in various lighting styles used in different photographs over time. And I love to create diffrent kind of light. That’s why I always try to find something in foreground. In the forest it was natural to bring some trees and branches in front of model to create illusion of 3-dimensionality.
Which products do you use today?
I have used Canon products since 1995, so basically Canon camera is an ´extension of my arm´.
Operating system in Canon is logic and you can easily find features in the camera. I also like that you can modify features and have custom menus and buttons so the use of camera in your personal use is made just for you. For me that is important when I photograph people.
Can you tell us about a photo moment which you will never forget.
Nordic nature is my inspiration. I love to shoot people in location and to use wide angle lens. With wide angle lens you can use create composition of model and surrounding in various ways, you can create strong diagonal lines and you can use foreground to create three-dimensionality.
Can you give an advice to someone who wants to develop in photography.
When you want to improve your images, you can improve visual, storytelling and technical quality. In technical point of view sharp image is result of high-quality lens and camera sensor. For me image quality is about visual, storytelling and technical. Combination of all the them gives the best result. High quality in all of them gives the viewer that famous ´wow´-effect.