Viewfinder from the Past

Here they are, the pictures taken in 2012, from a vintage, 1953 смена камера (Russian for Smena Camera).

Unfortunately the scanner has a way to make scanned images look even older than they truly are, and the colours are more faded than the original. Nevertheless these images do prove that old machines can still produce wicked things. Analog photography is so much more challenging than the digital world. There are limited picture that can be taken each role, and developing them is expensive. Still the results are much more satisfying than when a luxurious, automatic, he does it himself camera is used. (Of course this is an attempt to make the images uncovered below look more precious, because the digital age rocks as well!)

Please do jump into a vintage store sometimes and have a look around, who knows you might find your own time machine! Besides, if you do not know it works? Google will know!

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Beyond your Back garden

Finland, a mystery so close, but often never unfolded. What lies behind the fence that distinguishes the perimeter of your home? The most interesting scenery can be found right in front of your doorstep, but it is too close for it to look remotely interesting. Who is to say one must travel to see more? The following images have been taken in the forest that borders the flat known as my ‘garden of safety’. All photos remain untouched to intensify the reality of the beauty of nature. My solitude of boredom lead to an epic adventure that changed my perspective on the neighbourhood I live in. The long Finnish winters prevent the trees to expand in width and for vegetation to grow tight together. This created the opportunity to abandon the trails and get lost in mosquito land.


Stairway to the Future

Stairway to the Future

The cause is lost
Only time matters
But on the way to the top
It shatters

Self-esteem drops
The road is slippery
The darkness above
Caving in on me

Sanity turns delirious
The stomach, sick and empty
The top looks mysterious
The walls sketchy

But there’s protection
Following the railing
As a guidance to the right direction
Whilst the mind is ailing

A voice kind
Telling me to move forward
Leave the unlocked doors behind
Life is no shoreward

The world feels tilted
But the strength within is rising
The voice lilted
Talking sense to keep fighting

I’m on my way up.
There is more up there than I can imagine
I wish you good luck
See you in another life!

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There only so much you can see in a picture, but what is the story behind it?

Ice Fishing Adventure!!

Finland, lurking to catch a creature living under the ice so that yet another adventure can be ticked off the list. It should truly be a dream come true, yet a dream is merely  an idea, and when an idea is planted it feeds on time. It grows until there is no more stopping to it.

Extremely low temperatures might not be seen as a threat, but neither did the ice-cold wind and snowstorm flying over the lake.

Instructions are given faster than ever before, in which we undoubtedly start to question our sanity. Still the look of ice fishing seems so simple:
–       Drill a whole
–       Scoop out of the hole some left over ice
–       Sing the tiny rod into the hole and wait!

As simple as the last instruction were it will never beat running back inside to finish the adventure next to the fire with a hot tea! Of course a blog being for entertainment I decided to allow BBC take it over from here. Here is some footage of professionals ice fishing in Greenland!!

Driving, gliding, riding

Finland, tImagehe arrangements were made. The morning sun is shining bright, but still the temperature is way below zero. This holiday is definitely not made for resting, but peaceful it sure is. The owner is already waiting to give instructions on how to work a snowmobile when we care to ask if a driver’s license is needed to come on the tour.  After a small hesitation the answer is among the lines of “Just be careful on the road”. I guess this is one of the advantages of planning a holiday far from tourist, or even human civilization. Laws are made to be forgotten, if they even exist in a village of three families!

Instructions are less than those of the dog sleds. In fact the only important one is to lean when turning. Funny enough the first turn is taken slightly wide resulting to a snow, powder, mountain collision. Luckily there are no trees involved, but unfortunately it is not the first amateur incident as the snow mobile refused to start in the first place! Scary? Maybe…Intense? Only slightly, but there is no turning back now! Ironic, because I am not sure I even know how to do that on a snow mobile.

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We are riding towards the middle of nowhere as fast as I just went off topic. More layers of snow are visible on the trees when we drive further up a mountain. Crossing frozen lakes and racing through the wilderness with up to 30 kilometres an hour is exhilarating. Sometimes it is noticeable that the guide (whom is on a snowmobile in front of us) is pointing at a wild animal, but there is no time to look. “Must focus on where I am going,” It is only the trees I am worried about, seeing that this part of the forest is as remote as it can get. Luckily the bright sun is providing only happy thoughts and even the adrenaline and heat coming from the wheel of the snowmobile is making the ride very enjoyable.

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Finally, after a two-hour drive the top of the mountain is reached. The perfect time for a traditional Finnish hot, red, sweet beverage. There is one small hut built on the peak that carries along a large history. Previously it was used to spot Russian troops, but after the war the place was ideal to locate forest fires. People would survive in this tiny hut for months, with nothing to do but to keep the fire going. Still the hut is open for the public. Some locals make use of the place when they track through the wilderness. The altitude is so high that the trees look like snow statues cut by professionals. Nonetheless it is just because the snow hardly melts and so it is just stacking on top of each other.

So this is what the top of the world feels like. This is what peace feels like. If only it wasn’t so hard to reach the world would be in great shape.

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the Ride of the Husky’s

Finland, a storm is coming up, it is clearly visible from the inside of the cabin. Whilst enjoying a peaceful breakfast, echoes of howling dogs rush through the chimney. Pure melody of expression, it seems not only tourists are excited about the trip.

A head start to the point of departure feels obligatory to see what all the commotion is about and to all amazement an enormous chase is advanced. In a cage filled with about 30 Husky’s the family owners are trying to pick the right ones out of the bunch. It does not look easy, as each dog knows what is about to go down, “We get to run!”. A continuous chase of cats and dogs is brought to justice and each time the right dog is caught he or she gets strapped in front of a sledge, which is very well tied to a tree. Even with nowhere to go the barking, growling and running continues. The whole process appears to be a well-practiced game. Men versus dog, with each side using tactics to outsmart one another.

The choir of howls is louder than intended and even for the guide to give instruction we distant ourselves from the pack.  A large set of rules are given to make sure all goes well and then the adventure can begin.

Soon, sweet mother so soon…

What to remember?
– Husky’s will never stop running
– Husky’s might pee or poop whilst running (so break slightly when they do)
– Keep long distance from other sledges
– If you fall run with sledge
– The break is a metal pin you push into the ground
– Lean in when the sledge turns
– NEVER LET GO OF THE SLEDGE!

By this time we had already realized that these dogs do not want to be pet, they are made Marathon runners! The rope is untied, the breaks are off and each sledge, carried by four Husky’s, shoots forward. No second to waste, there is running to be done! We rushes through the trees with a good 20 kilometers an hour. Due to the soft snow the Husky’s cannot reach their full running potential, but there is no need. The adrenaline is shooting into all directions as my hands clamp tightly onto the rail, knees bent slightly to keep a better balance.

It is hilarious to see a dog wanting to pee as much as run. The run-sit action results to a funny wobble that signals for you to push down on the breaks, though there is no stopping to it. crisscrossing through the forest, further into the middle of nowhere. Avoiding mountains of fresh snow left and right and every once in a while a while ducking for overhanging trees is in order.

Racing through the forest the trail seems endless up until the fresh dog-sledge trails make way across a magnificent open landscape. Yes, we are running over the frozen lake we have gotten very familiar with. We are home, but far away from home. This adventure was over before we knew it, but our adventure is nowhere near done.

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It took about 5 minutes to take out the camera and it nearly cost my life! Definitely worth the effort though!

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Happy cats back from a jog

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The ones left behind.

Northern Lights – Into the Deepest Debts of Romance

Finland, the journey has begun. 60 kilometres from somewhat urban civilization lays a small group of cottages alongside a frozen lake and surrounded by forest. The reflection of the moon onto the snow creates just enough light to find the way through the wilderness. Complete solitude, as if life on earth has become non-existent and even Facebook updates and status’ have become irrelevant.

The cabin itself tastes of wood and the feel of affection heightens the coziness. The fireplace is up and running, and fills the room with warm-hearted aromas. No more than two hours later the thought of checking outside for the famous northern lights has passed, but luckily the owner of the cabin was kind enough to make his way over to pass on the good news. “Northern Lights in the sky!” He is dressed in nothing more than a jumper and jeans, but for some reason three layers of socks, pants and jackets can only keep us warm.

The rush to get outside felt as if somebody had just yelled, “fire!”, yet running across the frozen lake whilst a display of green lights are rushing over and beside you is even more thrilling. This is nature’s masterpiece. It is as if a curtain of lights is being woven in the sky by a mysterious and invisible force. Of all the things that earth has to offer, it is energetic charged particles colliding with one another that brings forth the most beautiful film ever produced. With each second being as unique as the discovery of DNA, time stopped and the world had shrunk to the size of a frozen lake.Image

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