This absolutely amazing and inspiring video above made me think of the "industry" of art today. Would I be able to succeed in photography if I wouldn't know my ways around the Internet? Is your success today really about how many clicks you get? Is sending an email, with a link and a couple of files, the only way to get a job and to be seen by people who really could make a difference on your artistic path?
This created an urge in me, to do things differently. Sure I know how to register to every other page where showing your work is possible - like Flickr or deviantART, but I just don't have the energy to try to make myself seen. Now you could ask, 'Well, if you're good enough, shouldn't the viewers just come to you?' Now I could answer, 'Well, if I just post something somewhere and wouldn't link it anywhere, how could someone ever find their way there?' I feel like I want to go straight to the root - straight to the people who can give me serious feedback, teach me, educate me. But is it really that nowadays the world only exists online? Everybody knows how easy it is to put yourself out there - online. But does anybody really find the photographers of Vogue magazine on Flickr (if so, please send me a link)?
Thus, would it be easier to stick out from the crows by doing things like they used to be done - in person? Showing how your photos look on paper? I don't know about that, but it does feel more like me. Hence I decided that when I do find the place where I want my photos to be seen (a magazine or so), I will transform my work into something physical. Just wait ('til I get all my mandatory school work done...)!
Tein kaksi DVD:tä otsikolla: "Tämä DVD on omistettu ihmiselle, joka kantaa huolia." Joko annan DVD:n suoraan jollekin, tai jätän sellaisen julkiselle paikalle. Aion valaista teille DVD:t sähköisessä muodossa täällä, sillä varmasti sielläkin on joku, joka kantaa huolta jostain.
(sisältäen sanat yllä olevaan Baz Luhrmannin biisiin, joka on lähinnä erittäin pitkä, antoisa, valaiseva ja voimauttava elämänohje, joten LUE SE)
"Ladies and gentlemen of the class of 2007, wear sunscreen
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
Than my own meandering experience, I will dispense this advice now
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, oh, never mind
You will never understand the power
And the beauty of your youth until they've faded
But trust me, in twenty years
You will look back at photos of yourself
And recall in a way you can't grasp now
How much possibility lay before you
And how fabulous you really looked
You are not as fat as you imagine
Don't worry about the future or worry that know that worrying
Is as affective as trying to solve an algebra equation
By chewing bubble gum
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things
That never crossed your worried mind
The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday
Do one thing every day that scares you, sing
Don't be reckless with other peoples' hearts
Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours, floss
Don't waste your time on jealousy
Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind
The race is long and in the end, it's only with yourself
Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults
If you succeed in doing this, tell me how
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements, stretch
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what to do with your life
The most interesting people
I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives
Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't
Get plenty of calcium
Be kind to knees, you'll miss them when they're gone
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't
Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't
Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the "Funky Chicken"
On your 75th wedding anniversary
Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much
Or berate yourself either
Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's
Enjoy your body, use it every way you can
Don't be afraid of it or what other people think of it
It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own, dance
Even if you have nowhere to do it but your own living room
Read the directions even if you don't follow them
Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly
Brother and sister together will make it through
Someday a spirit will take you and guide you there
I know you've been hurting, but I've been waiting to be there for you
And I'll be there just helping you out, whenever I can
Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good
Be nice to your siblings, they are your best link to your past
And the people most likely to stick with you in the future
Understand that friends come and go
But a precious few, who should hold on
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle
For as the older you get, the more you need the people
You knew when you were young
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard
Live in northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft
Travel, accept certain inalienable truths
Prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old
And when you do, you'll fanaticise that when you were young
Prices were reasonable, politicians were noble
And children respected their elders
Respect your elders, don't expect anyone else to support you
Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse
But you'll never know when either one will run out
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're forty
It will look eighty-five
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it
Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of
Wishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off
Painting over the ugly parts and recycling for more than it's worth
But trust me on the sunscreen"
The Big C -sarjan ensimmäinen jakso (jonka voitte näppärästi etsiä netistä, tai hei, vaikka hankkia sen laillisesti kauden muodossa!)
Miksi sitten tein tämän?
Koska nyt on talvi. Ja pimeä. Ja huonot päivät ovat kuin kalenteriin jo etukäteen kirjoitetut. Ja pienet murheet kasvavat suuriksi pimeässä, kun niiden todellista kokoa ei vain näe. Silloin voi palauttaa mieleensä edellä mainitun aurinkorasva -puheen/esseen/biisin. Silloin voi liitää jäällä Taylor Swiftin tai suomalaisen iskelmän parissa. Voi lähettää murheensa ulkomaille yhdellä klikkauksella. Voi olla luova ja inspiroitua. Sillä, ainikin minulla, suurin osa huolista kasaantuu, kun peilaan itseäni muihin. Tällöin mietin: "Don't waste your time on jealousy - Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind." Ja kaikki on taas vähän paremmin!
Tänä erittäin kiireisenä päivänä, jonka olen aloittanut luistelemalla aamulla kello yhdeksän sekä toisilla lyhyillä kuvauksilla opiskelijasäätö"studiossani" (...), pakotin Maarjan kauniisti mallikseni. Löysin kaupungilta mielettömän kauniin värisiä seiniä - eli toisin kuin saattaisi luulla, seinien värejä ei ole muokattu. Kuvailun jälkeen Maarja tarjosi minulle mäkkiä.. eikun.. eikös sen olisi pitänyt mennä toisin päin??
Tältä näyttäisi tumma Marilyn! This would be how a dark Marilyn would look like!
Ja tässä olisi vähän Selena Gomezia.. And some Selena Gomez..
Teille rakkaat lukijat, värillisesti muokkaamaton kuva. Toisaaalta ihan rauhoittavaakin luovuttaa tuntien muokkausprosessi, sillä kouluunlähtö uhkaa alle vartin kuluttua. Täytyy kyllä sanoa, että ahdistaa vähäsen.. Mutta ihan vähäsen vain ;)
I didn't edit the colors at all in this one, just added just a little bit of light with curves.
Kuvasin eilen Iinaa, joka on tähän mennessä ollut ehdoton lempimallini kuvata! Iina on kehittynein kouluttamani hiustenheilauttaja (BUAHAHHAA) ja hänellä on ajokorttikin mahdollisen autonsaamisen kera, mikä tulevaisuudessa mahdollistaa ideoideni toteuttamisen muuallakin kuin kävelymatkan päässä (BUAHAHAHAAA)! Parasta on myös se, että Iinan koti tarjoaa ehkä noin miljoona kuvaustaustaa + se, että hänen äitinsä on ehkä kivoin kaverin-äiti ikinä ;) Pidän myös siitä, että Iina on valmis palelemaan takiani talven kylmässä tuulessa yksissä sukkahousuissa, kastelemaan hiuksensa vähintäänkin epäilyttävän värisessä järvessä ja raahaamaan upean vanhojentanssimekkonsa sinne minne mieleni halajaa! Iina on ihana, lisää tällaisia!
Today at school I figured out a new way of living. My notebook is now filled with drawings such as above, but since I drew them with a 005 pen, it's almost impossible to take a photo of them where the lines will actually show somewhat strong. Thus I'm recreating my drawings with my tablet - I get to exercise my tablet-hand but the drawings will not be as awesome as they are when drawn with a real pen. But you get the point.
This is a tribute to Marc Johns' drawing style. Visiting his site always makes me laugh! So, today I started to think like him. There is way more to come, so stay tuned! (you know, just to be clear - the style resembles Johns' amazing style, but the idea of this drawing (and the ones to come) are mine. If not, let me know, haha!
I think it is important to like your own work. Of course you have to be humble, but if you don't like your own work, then why would you keep on doing it? I think it's important not only to look at other peoples photos and learn from them, but to look at your own photos, too.
Yes, I admit, if I take a photo that I like - I can stare at it for loooong minutes. That's how I know I've made an image that has changed my vision, that has made me a better photographer. My sister often laughs at me, "What! Are you staring at your photo again??" Yes, I am. Because I like my work. Don't freak, I still don't spend whole days staring at images created by me.
Anyhow. This is why I decided to conclude the year 2011 by gathering photos that I like a lot - that have made a difference in me and my work.
February. I was photographing at the Emma gala, where Jenni Vartiainen performed. I love this photo because of it colors and Jenni's unusual position. This photo could be taken at a fashion show, and that's why I like it. When photographing music - I sometimes try to make the photo to look like the artist would be in her own head, living and enjoying her music. At this moment, after winning several awards that night, I bet Jenni's hands were like that in her mind all night!
I went back to this photoshoot and found this one. You don't always see the good ones at the first round. This photo means much to me because I got some really good feedback on this one from Brooke Shaden, who I adore so much. She's been such an inspiration to me and I look up to her so much. She's so amazing! I hope I'd someday be able to attend one of her workshops.
Ah, self-photography! How many times I've heard someone discussing self-photography! How selfish it must be! But hey, sometimes you just don't have models growing on trees. I love the unusual bokeh in this one and how I've managed to make this look film-like (in my eyes, at least, haha). I wish I could transport a color range like this to even more of my photos.
After every photoshoot I ask myself, if I could see the photos in a fashion magazine. After this photoshoot, I felt like I could. Capturing that feeling has been so hard for me, and I've always felt that photographing fashion is the most difficult thing for me.
This was my first photo ever to be explored on Flickr. I never saw that coming and I was so happy when it happened, since I must admit, I could do more in trying to get people see my work even more on Flickr.
In this image I was carefully trying out the technique of levitation photography. I also tried to make the image bright and colorful, since I've heard that I have the tendency to kind of blur the colors together in my photos. I also wanted to add two worlds, two feelings into this photo, and as I've noticed, I've begun to do this more often lately.
I photographed my first wedding and graduation photos. I remember how terrified I was! These days were one of the most important ones in these peoples lives, and I was supposed to capture them beautifully! Thus I was so happy when I found myself loving the photos, too. It's awful to send photos to client, if I feel like I haven't done the best I could. A special thanks goes to Melissa, who asked me to photograph her wedding even though I hadn't done it before!
I whip my hair back and forth! I think I should make a "how to whip your hair" -tutorial one of these days, don't you think? Haha! I've taken these kind of photos since forever and it always makes me so happy when I capture my hair flowing just in the right position - since you can't always take the photo at the right time capturing the wanted movement.
In this photo I like the position of the band. I usually suck at placing people, but this time it was easy! I hope this could continue in band shoots to come. (the band in the photo: Rustik)
I'd like to think that I'd be able to stop a moment in my camera, and in this photo I think I succeeded. It looks like the leaves would be rising! I mean, how did I do that?? Haha!
I just didn't believe that I could take nice photos of animals.
And finally - a girl levitating! I'm still eagerly working on this technique, and I'm loving it! I love the feeling of learning something new with no rush.
I went to photograph two gigs of Sunrise Avenue in Germany, and this is one of the photos I took of their support band The Pusher(I chose this photo because the SA photos are someday to be published). It's always terrifying to photograph a Sunrise Avenue gig, because man, I've never seen so many cameras in the audience! That gives me quite a pressure into taking photos that no one from the audience could get, and I haven't seen a photo like this so far!
The following photo I took early this year (2012). It represents what I want to be getting from this year: more colors, more editing, more emotion. I want to evolve to a better fashion photographer, explore new ways in editing, find new angles in band and gig photography and develop a stronger artistic sense of what I want to do. Let's see where this year takes me! I'd be glad to have you guys as my company! So please, feel free to comment every time you feel like it. Challenge me!
So hey, now I give you the permission to congratulate yourself. Don't be shy! Go through your photos and think of what you like in them, and choose one. Why did you take a photo like that? What did it make you feel like? What could you take from that photo to a new one? What could you change, how could you evolve?
Hence I'd like you to post me a link to a photo, that you took this year, that you are proud of. Tell me why it's that photo. Feel good about yourself, feel good about your art! Because after all, it is the beautiful you that God made you to be.