House of art and magic

My friend Maritta is a sculptor, painter, and a spiritual being. Her home and greenhouse atelier are both filled with beautiful objects, charming energy, and magical light. I visited Maritta’s house a few days ago and when I saw her beautiful flower arrangements, I had to dig out my camera.

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Photography: Laura Iisalo

Milla <3

A while ago I had an idea of a new book about motherhood. I wanted to photograph different kinds of mothers with their children, and have an open discussion about what it is to be a mother, how it affects identity, daily life and the relationship with oneself.

I did a test shoot with Milla, a super inspiring woman, artist, and mother to little Unto. I applied for a couple of grants and contacted a few publishers but that came to nothing. After some serious pondering I decided to let this project go. But here is Milla with Unto. It was a pleasure to meet them both.

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Remains

Two years ago me and my man bought an old van, made it into our contemporary home and traveled across Finland and up to the Arctic Ocean with our two dogs.

I have lots of photos from our trip – and I may come back to this – but one is my favourite. It was taken on a very small island somewhere near Alta where there were no people, just a herd of reindeers and us.

I took the photo but by man spotted it first; remains of a little reindeer calf resting on a bed of moss and flora.

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Above: Remains, 2017

Thailand 2009-2017

I have spent around six months in Thailand altogether and I have always carried my camera with me either completing assignments or just for fun. I miss doing documentary style photography. It’s so easy to get lured into trying to capture a perfect image with perfect light, perfect sharpness, straight lines, and with commercial value. But sometimes it’s more satisfying to capture a moment, a feeling. These photos were taken during my travels in the years between 2009 and 2017.

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