Updated: Oct 9, 2019
... and how I came to making photo art...
It's autumn and outside the Finnish Indian Summer is well on it's way. But this story takes us back to the time of the "Kaamos", the Polar Night. During the darkest time of year when the sun not rises for about one month, a light bulb went off in my head :-).
The local news paper which appears once per week, that much "news" we have around here, announced a photo competition organized by the municipality, subject: Kaamos - the Polar Night. That would be my cup off tea, since I had been making quite some pictures during the last years,which some of them quite well presenting the feeling of the Polar Night. When going through my library, I realized no picture meets my standards to send to a competition, so off I went with my camera.
During the weeks following, I shot a fair amount of pictures, Kaamos from every angle, during different times of the day and from every point of view I could think of. The deadline was approaching and still no picture satisfied me. Thoughts running through my head: what do they want to see, for what reason do they want to use the photo, what do they like.... All not very helpful when trying to be creative.
Finally, once more I went through the pictures I took and slowly that light bulb started to go off. If I take part in this competition or any other competition for that matter, I want to submit a picture what is representing what I do as a photographer, which is capturing the poem of Nature, her colors, shapes and fine little details, blown out and exaggerated. One picture fitted somehow this idea and I had to give it a try.
The result was a honorable mention from the jury because of the originality. I have now decide to make Andy Warhol's quote my motto: "Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art" - Andy Warhol