Photography trainer, photographer, non-fiction writer, Canon Nordic Photographer (M. Ed.)

2015 –  The Master Photographer of The Finnish Professional Photographers’ Association Title

2012 –  Specialist Further Qualification in Photography, Institute of Visual Communications, Tampere, Finland

2011 – Further Qualification for Entrepreneurs, Tampere Adult Education Centre

2004 – Further Qualification in Photography, Institute of Visual Communications, Tampere, Finland

2002 – Master of Education, University of Jyväskylä, Finland (pro gradu thesis)

 

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Robert Doisneau’s 1995 photo exhibition in the Kuopio Photographic Centre made a profound impression on me. The exhibition poster is still on my wall to remind me of the event. Next to the poster, I have “Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville”.

I have worked with photography since 1995, initially part-time and full-time since 2003. I worked at the Institute of Visual Communications as a course designer in 2003 – 2006. The position involved planning the training content and arranging the courses for photographers and other professionals who need photography in their work. Until 2008, I was the principal and the chief trainer at the Institute. In this role, I taught professional photographers on more extensive and advanced courses.

Light is my passion. I became interested in various lighting styles used in different photographs over time. Some of the styles have become signatures of their masters, who have varied their approaches over time based on what was needed. You can see beautiful light everywhere, and you can mold light into what you will. The most important thing is the asserted presence of light in a photograph.
I made a surprising lighting discovery in autumn 2006 when visiting Bourbon-Lancy in France: the Studio Harcourt photo exhibition had been set up in a small  French village as a part of L’Etè des Portraits. The lighting in the photographs was beautiful: time-resistant and alive.

I made a decision to alter the course of my life in 2008, and I set myself up as an entrepreneur. Now I teach, photograph and write in various media. Finland and Tampere are a perfect gateway to many directions.

I have been lately impressed by Albert Watson’s photographs. His exhibition was a magnificent experience. Large, high-quality photographs were skillfully laid out in the Düsseldorf exhibition of 2008. The use of light, colour and the models’ charisma and presence made an everlasting impression on me. I was most impressed by Watson’s capability to adapt to different lighting styles.

APPRENTICESHIP IS THE BEST OF LEARNING

Master – apprentice relationship is learning by doing. When the master is one of the leaders of his trade, the apprentice is in good hands. My own views on photography and practical teaching and learning are based on my long-time mentor and colleague Matti J. Kaleva.

To this day, I still almost daily recall moments, ideas and discoveries which have their roots in our long-term cooperation with Matti. One of the funnies, most useful and most often used phrases is the following thought from him: “There is always one more way. And even that one isn’t the last one.” This quote is very practical in many contexts.

PRACTICAL LEARNING IS INSPIRING

My approach to work is enthusiastic, factual and pragmatic. In my opinion, an inspired learner and practical learning are a powerful combination when developing photography skills. Factual and pragmatic teaching supports enthusiasm and motivate the learner to practice independently.

Learning takes place through seeing, hearing and doing. My goal is to combine these different ways of learning into a whole which supports learning.

My target during training is to inspire the participants to develop their photography skills keeping their own goals and needs in mind. In addition, I seek to share practical knowledge on different areas of photography that the learners can apply in throughout their learning process. During the training, multidirectional information sharing is used for the benefit of all.

Solid photography skills provide a platform on top of which every learner can build their photographic universe applying their own imagination.

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.