Monday, 20 February 2012

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Being a photojournalist...

seems to come with a price. Bang Bang Club combat photographers for example. One of them died on duty and one of them took their own life.
I guess what drew Kevin Carter over the edge was his inability to help. Yes, in a way taking photographs helped. It made the world aware but this in so many cases is not enough. As Greg Marinovich stated in the movie there was nothing he could have done but take a picture.
Either way all of their work is influential and powerful. So I guess in that sense Carter did make a difference.

Greg Marinovich on The Power of Pictures

Tuesday, 23 February 2010


So there is this cool program called Poladroid that let's you create polaroids out of your existing images. Pretty funky! Here's a few examples of my travels!:)

Saturday, 30 January 2010

" A Hundred Thousand Welcomes"

Last May I had the most amazing trip to Emerald Island - the country of leprechauns, fairies, lucky shamrock but most of all amazing history in every inch of it. Ireland was never on my travel list but now I can't wait to return. Here's looking back to it: from Dublin to Belfast to Derry down to west coast to Cork and Kinsale. Recognize any of those places?

What a trip it was! Til next time.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Something old, nothing new

Bolton Town Hall

I was rooting around in my old photos and came across my Final Major Project for my uni days in a little northern town called Bolton. It rained there a lot!

Cheadle Square, Bolton

Back to the project. It's called From Bolton to Trafford Centre and covers some of the architectural structures on the way to Manchester's biggest shopping centre where I worked at the time. I drove past them a few times a week and became to know them. I saw them in different lighting, different weather, early morning on a grey Sunday, on a sunny Friday afternoon. I knew they had stories to tell. So many people would just drive or walk past them without ever stopping to admire them. So the next time you're down that road take a break and look around. Who knows you might discover something beautiful.

Detail on Cheadle Square, Bolton

The idea behind the project was to take a fragment of each building chosen and make it almost unreconizable. Instead of just looking at another shot of Old Trafford Stadium I wanted them to guess what was on the photo and then see the reaction on their faces once they recognised it. Sometimes it's all about the details rather than trying to fit the whole object on the photo.

Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester

I chose to shoot it all in black&white film because I believe it brings out the character and the texture of the buildings slightly better than the digital would. Although I do have to admit I messed up quite a few films and possibly lost some great shots. Then again the ones that did succeed came out better than what I imagined and had expected. After all aren't you suppose to learn from your mistakes?

Salford Quays

Salford Quays

This has made me feel rather nostalgic! Hope to bring some more old stuff to you shortly.

Til then!

Trafford Centre

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

"It's all about the going!"

Photography has always been a part of my life, at times not dominating, but it's been there since I can remember. From the early days of childhood, memories of Mum and Dad developing films in a dark kitchen in a little village in Estonia, through to class excursions to different parts of Estonia and beyond, to travels to the other side of the world or just the local park.

This brings me to another passion of mine - travelling. There is nothing more exciting than the anxiety you get before heading off and the butterflies on arriving in a new place, whether it'd be a huge airport in a big city or an imaginary bus stop somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

Photography to me, as I'm sure to fellow photographers is a creative outlet. It allows me to record the world around me through my point of view. Travelling the world, visiting different countries, meeting new people and photographing the whole experience is my goal. Every new place I discover leaves me wanting more and hopefully one day I can take the world map and have pins on each continent from north to south to east to west. A bit ambitious I hear? Maybe but isn't that what life is about - daring to dream!

Til next time!