Understanding the sea

I’ve seen many beautiful places during my travels. Most of them I haven’t photographed, as I think the photo never captures the moment in the right way. Perhaps that happens because I’m a lousy photographer, perhaps because the lens cannot quite see what my eyes see, hear what my thoughts have to say or feel…

Experience the five seasons in Haltia, part II

I got a wonderful opportunity to visit Haltia, the new Finnish Nature Centre, a few days before the grand opening. They are planning to open the place on Friday 31 May, and invited a few bloggers for a visit last Tuesday. I wrote one blog post already, presenting what Haltia has to offer in terms of…

A smoking hot cultural centre: Logomo

What happens when a massive, old railway workshop is turned into a centre for cultural, creative and business events? Success! Logomo was created in Turku, mainly for the festivities of Turku Capital of Culture Year (2011). The name of the centre works so well in English, it’s very descriptive and takes into account the history…

Pastel colors in the West, rain in the East

Yesterday was a bright winter day with a lot of sunshine and a spring-like feeling. A great day for any outdoor activity or just walking from one place to another. I chose the latter. I went to see the photo exhibition in the Finnish museum of photography about the division of Helsinki. East West battle of money and wealth.…

Transit – 42 million stories

How does it feel to have to live outside your country, apart from your family and friends? Maybe in constant fear of violence? These questions came to mind when visiting the wonderful Nobel Peace Center in Oslo last weekend. I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it again: the Nobel Peace Center is my favorite…

Reality TV – fight from the heart

So there’s going to be Rocky – das musical. Is it just a movie on stage? With all those great 1980’s hits being sung live? Or something else? I saw the ad in Hamburg late 2011, and the world premiere is in November 2012. Ted Berg, writing to Tedquarters, was also slightly surprised of the idea.…

Visiting slums

Someone at the opposite house is selling their flat. I saw the housing agent’s car and signs on the door as I came back from a walk. Houses, the places we live in, flats, small rooms, large villas, log cabins, tents. Some time ago I went through a phase of defining what home means to…

The filthy reality of everyday life

I was listening to an old episode of the Strand this morning. In addition to presenting an interesting South-African novelist Mike Nicol, one of the most interesting cultural events presented was Dirt: the filthy reality of everyday life, an exhibition in London. Bringing together around 200 artefacts spanning visual art, documentary photography, cultural ephemera, scientific…