A talented and incredibly wonderful team working with me to achieve what I strive for. 

Trying out new recipes with a dear friend.

Getting flowers for props to a photoshoot (and painting them white(?)).

Randomly noticing a beautiful shadow on a surface and being compelled to capture it for later.

Glancing up at the sky and noticing the clouds looking extra fluffy. 

Being surrounded by old fascinating things and sometimes even taking some of them home with me.

Having something at home to care for (apart from my boyfriend).

Taking selfies from the most flattering angles, and sometimes making my friends question my sanity.

Holding in my hands and seeing my printed work. It's the best.

Finding an old portrait of my father (sketched by my mother) and trying to imagine how things were back then.

Spending a peaceful evening indoors, watching movies and feasting with a friend.




Something we shot together with a couple of friends just for fun in October when it was still fairly warm outside (for Finland that is). It was really exceptionally warm that day. The sun was gently warming us for the whole three hours that we spent trotting back and forth on this beautiful meadow trying out different spots. Everything was colored golden as the sun started setting. It was really refreshing to spend some time outside for a change, and take some time off from sitting in front of a computer screen doing school work. Greedily absorbing the sunlight left me feeling content and incredibly calm. I think the photos rather look like an indiepop girl band's promos (a friend of mine actually even asked me whether this was some newly emerged band, haha). In loving memory of the sun, and its warmth and light, I thought this would be a good time to share these as we just had our first snow here in Turku. R.I.P.




Which one would you rather eat? With this pair of photos I want to point out how big of an impact presentation and context has on our perception and cognition. It is a good thing to acknowledge and keep in mind in everyday life in order to understand your own (as well as others') behaviors, and will probably help in making better decisions in general. What I am showing in the photo is, of course, a very concrete example - the same donut (although you might notice that they are not completely identical because I had to shoot these on two different days) in a different setting, producing a completely different set of meanings.

By the way, shooting these cockroaches was a nightmare. And only now did I realize that I actually have a bit of a phobia, it seriously took me 30 minutes to get those guys back in their box after finishing shooting (I am ashamed to admit). I was simply afraid of touching them, which is obviously ridiculous. I've never experienced this kind of "irrational fear" before (at least that I could remember), and it was kinda fascinating having these two voices in my head giving conflicting messages. But it certainly didn't help that my darling boyfriend was standing next to me shouting "Retard!". Thanks a lot.




Things are not as black and white as we often like to think. Something very tragic happened and it was made a symbolic event, "a crime against the whole of humanity". But what about all the horrible things that have happened through time all around the world? What makes this tragedy so much more tragic than the rest? I happened to read this article by Elie Fares called "From Beirut, This Is Paris: In A World That Doesn't Care About Arab Lives", and she contemplates:
When my people died on the streets of Beirut on November 12th, world leaders did not rise in condemnation. There were no statements expressing sympathy with the Lebanese people. There was no global outrage that innocent people whose only fault was being somewhere at the wrong place and time should never have to go that way or that their families should never be broken that way or that someone’s sect or political background should never be a hyphen before feeling horrified at how their corpses burned on cement. Obama did not issue a statement about how their death was a crime against humanity; after all what is humanity but a subjective term delineating the worth of the human being meant by it?
Humanity. In its simplest definition referring to "all people" in Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which is clearly not the case here. Are Muslims part of that humanity? Such a thick wall has been constructed between the Western world and the Middle East. All springing from the event of British and French colonization after World War I. The Ottoman Empire was partitioned and distributed between the two powers - Britain claimed Iraq and Palestine, while France took over Syria and Lebanon. I am obviously not an expert but it would seem only natural for a society to react in some way or another when it is suddenly taken over by an alien. In this case it has encouraged a strong sense of nationalism and created radicals, who are ready to fight for their nation until death. It is a strong counter-reaction, although, again one must keep in mind it isn't that simple. 
        Then there's also the U.S. with this obsession to intervene in everything, with the motivation of power disguised as "fighting for the local people". My father was one of those people who had to leave his home as a refugee during the civil war. He is a fairly rational guy (as well as a man of science) and I trust his judgement of the situation. He told me that in his (and many other Iraqi's) opinion the United States' intervention and removal of Saddam Hussein only left a power vacuum which lead to chaos - a power struggle between the Shia and Sunni population. At least when there was a strict Sunni dictator there had been order (not saying that suppression is a good thing but the reality is that his removal made things even worse, spiraling out of control). I can understand that many Iraqi people would subsequently have hard feelings toward the U.S. - I mean, who are they to have a say in how things should play out?
       The problem is not so much differences in Western and Middle Eastern thinking - individualist and collectivist nations can live side by side in harmony. And not even a matter of religion. But both of those things do create a good basis, which, when fueled by a bad image of the Western world through imperialism, can create radicals determined to eliminate the enemy in the name of God. This of course works the other way around as well. The Western media provokes a state of panic and mistrust by constantly announcing about muslim terrorists, using language as a weapon. Poor decisions have been made and as a result this is where it has lead us. The point here is not to point fingers and blame anyone, it is to understand the origins of how things got this messy. That is the only way to approach this situation with any hope for a positive outcome. A counter attack will only continue the evil spiral of revenge, which is no solution in itself. I don't know what exactly this real solution could be, but I hope that people start approaching this matter from another perspective, and hopefully come up with a decisive answer to the problem.



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Yay, finally I am allowed to share these with you now that the newest issues of Elegant Magazine have been published! I really like this series of Mirka. It's so feminine and dreamy. And the title pretty much speaks for it self. Speaking of goddesses, Lianne La Havas is absolutely goddess-like and very delightful to listen to. Highly recommend you guys to check out her newest album called "Blood". It's fantastic. (I'll include one of her tracks in this post so you can have a taste.) I've been very busy (and stressed) with school in the past month, so I haven't had time to concentrate on writing to you lately, as you may or may not have noticed. And I'm fully booked this weekend as well, since I'm visiting my family on Saturday, and shooting some pretty cool stuff with Yazz Hair on Sunday. The latter I am particularly stoked about! I wish it was Sunday already. Anyhow, I'll probably be posting something through Instagram on Sunday if you're curious to find out more!












It's weird how you just sometimes instantly click with people. I met Kaisa (the lovely lady in the photos above) for the first time this summer. We had decided to get together for a hang and a photoshoot, and were blessed with a sunny and warm August day. We had been talking to each other a lil bit through social media before meeting in person, so the idea of getting to know each other better had been there for a while. But I was genuinely taken by surprise by the fact that being with Kaisa felt so effortless and natural. In some weird way, it honestly felt like I had always known her. I guess that's what people mean when they say that they're on the same wave length as someone. My friend circle consists of very diverse personalities, which is by no means a bad thing since you get to see so many different perspectives (which in itself is great because it is thought provoking), but it felt really really good to, for a change, be with someone who can relate to you, fully and completely. It just made it awfully easy and pleasant to get to know each other.

        After that meeting we decided to see each other again sometime during this autumn. And so we did. A few weeks ago Kaisa visited us here in Turku, and stayed for the weekend. Initially the plan was for Noora (our mutual friend) to come as well, but she sadly and inconveniently got ill and had to stay at home. So instead of a wild weekend spent partying (which by the way is very unlike me) we took it fairly easy, watching movies, cooking delicious things, listening to music, visiting some flea markets and heading out shooting a couple of times. It was one of the nicest weekends I've had in a long time. Eventful but very relaxed and peaceful. And I finally learned how to make sushi, which was pretty awesome, although I have to admit it wasn't quite as good as what you get in restaurants, which isn't really a surprise in itself. I'm just overly ambitious in everything I do...

        Anyway, I just have to say that I really do think that the Internet is a great thing in bringing people together like this. I don't buy the argument that it's supposedly a "distancing" and "disconnecting" force. I think it's a tool that makes it easier to connect with people. I mean, it can't be denied that thanks to it we are allowed to reach people across the globe, who we could not possibly reach without it. It opens up new possibilities. I get frustrated when people talk about technology (and social media in particular) as if it was a bad thing. It's just a ridiculous argument. I mean, in the end, it's a tool, just like any tool, which can enhance our lives, and be misused. It's not an "evil threat" for the human race. It's the misuse, and hence people themselves, that are the problem. And I'm going to finish off with one of the funniest most ridiculous commercials that I have ever seen (relating to the subject), which makes absolutely no sense. I advice you to watch it (here) if you're looking for entertainment. I also ended up watching this reaction video to the commercial which made me laugh even harder. Enjoy.