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Huge weekend behind. There was couple of competitions that I participated in last year and the results of those were published last weekend. I am so happy to say that I collected commercial categorys second place in the biggest photocompetition in Finland called Fotofinlandia that is is held once every two years.
I also won the bronze camera in digital art / illustrative category in FEP professional photographer of the year 2018. In the same competition I was in 9th place in commercial category.
I love DIY props and big scenes in photography that are well designed. Not many of us photographers have the place or money to create our own stages so I wanted to challenge myself to make one in our living room with a very low budget.
I had this idea of a photo with an environmental aspect that describes greed, gluttony and overconsumption in our modern world. The scenario of this idea is in a rugged living room that has a disgusting and filthy man sitting on an old sofa and he is surrounded by all the waste of the food he has consumed.
Before I started to find and create all the props that I needed for this photo I did a harsh sketch in a photoshop to clarify myself what is the right look and atmosphere for the scene. After that, I started to search suitable props that were already available in our home or could be bought cheaply.
First I had to make the walls to the scene. I had 2 pieces of leftover plywood from a renovation we made before so I painted them with ordinary spray cans and attached some torn paper to it to create some worn look.
The mask for the man I found cheaply from an online store called “Funidelia” and the fatsuit is made just by wearing lots of clothes. All the waste and the furniture is our own except the sofa that was collected free-of-charge from recycling center near us.
I’m a creative minded person and feel very frustrated when the creativity strikes and I have nothing to photograph. This was the main reason I started making these cardboard models.
I thought of all the everyday home items that could be used for creating figures. I found the boxes we used when we moved into our home are still in our garage. They had also “nice” package symbols on them which gave me a couple of ideas of the story that could be created around them and also ended up using them concretely on two of my pictures.
I use a multilayer lightning technique when photographing these scenes. It gives me much more control in post and I can correct the mood of the light if the background required it. When I have all the necessary photos taken I combine them in Photoshop and add a background that I have photograph myself or take from stock and modify to fit in the story/feeling.
I’m very happy with the results. They all have a story around them and you can create it on your own terms of imagination. I see and feel something sad but romantic and also hopeful in them, all the ingredients of drama. Creative mind satisfied… for now.
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As almost all artist I also like and try to create art that makes you think. The main idea in my work is that the viewer decides what is the story behind the artwork, I only give hints and paths to get lost.
There is something that makes you think twice when seeing something familiar from your childhood to do horrible things. The toys that made your imagination fly and create world of stories around them feel usually safe and have warm memories around them. What if we make them do some nasty weird things, what kind of feeling do you get?
That was the main point when creating these murderous “It´s just a Lego!” scenarios.
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Some people say they look like angels falling from heaven and some see them going up. I however see it as a commercial poster that I was asked to create for the PoleFlow Ladies.
A charter member of the Ladies contacted me and asked that could I take new potraits of the group because of the old ones have been there for a while and needed some upgrade. They didn´t have any idea how it should look and trusted my vision so I had “carte blanche” to create this artwork.
My first thought was that I just make trendy series of flour flying in the air to emphasize the movement of the dancers and that I actually did. However on the way home I had an idea to combine this serie of portraits to one piece of digital artwork where this pole-dancing group is surrounded by clouds and having their show on the top of the skylines.
As I published it, turned out that many of the viewer related it to religion in a way or another. Some said it is sinful piece of a work and some of them think its liberating. Later on I have realized that this picture does have a creative contrast between religious / spiritual thoughts and is also sophisticated way to create vision for the viewers of this not so traditional “pole-dancer” group.
But in the end, its just a beautiful poster of talented pole-dancers..
FOR THE MAKING OF "POLEFLOW LADIES" VIDEO CLICK HERE
It´s great to have an idea that gives you a good laugh. When I get these ideas I write them down and let them be a while. Then if it makes me giggle later on also I usually make a sketch / drawing it to see if it could work as a photo also.
Idea for this photo came when my friend saw a digital art photo that he think was made quite poorly. "The result of a badly photoshopped picture looks always like that boy fishing from the moon." was his comment of this photo. I don´t hate or see that the Dreamworks logo is poorly made but he for some reason does.
So becouse of the hate he had for this little innocent character I thought it would be quite dark and also hilarious to get rid of "him" in a environment that gives somekind of reason or purpose to this cruel act... in a funny way ofcourse.
So far it still was all clear and amusing to me so I started to create the composition. I asked my father to be the "hunter" and my son to act the deadly role of little moon boy. Ofcourse they said yes and I took photos and carried out the rest of the plan by combining all the elements in photoshop.
When the work was done I rested my eyes for a while. As I sat down to look the final photo again the "WTF" - feeling hit me. The result looked disturbed but funny at the same time... sure I did know from the beginning that the idea was odd but It still made me confused. Many people have described this exact feelings when they have seen some of my works and for the first time I understand.
FOR THE MAKING OF "NO-FISHING" VIDEO CLICK HERE
Few days ago I was asked to take one-year-old photos of this little gentleman. This incredible fast fellow was full of curiosity and every item and place seemed to be mind-blowingly interesting from his point of view.
I took couple of basic portraits of him and everyone was happy. As I started to edit these photos I noticed that despite his very young age, imagination was already running wildly. Exploring his teddybears figures by touching its nose and mouth and making it stand on its own while wondering around it, replicating noises and looking it from different angles. I had no clue what this game or play with his toy was all about... this game that even one year old could play and understand.
I then decided that my goal was to "restart" my own imagination and make a world that would have somekind of a story around him. So I chose one "accidentally" taken photo of him when he was playing around and started creating.
This is what I ended up with. One side of the photo has a dry and decading landscape representing aging, weakening imagination as the opposite side turns to be more "fresh" and vital describing curious, healthy creativity like childs have. Because playing is learning and the best way to maintain our imagination I added toys around scene and placed grass growing footsteps around them to remind us not to look things always from the same perspective.
So to understand why kids have such a great time while playing remember to restart your imagination once a while