This picture sequence is a narrative of nature and folks. The making was directly each burdensome and superior. Many months these pictures haunted my goals and permeated my ideas for a lot of my waking hours. This work used up my energy, money and time. And at every session, it gave one thing again. This sequence’ intention is to fire up emotion additionally within the viewers. Bring the thoughts to the current. To inform a narrative of our waters.
Nature has all the time been an necessary a part of my life. Since early childhood, I’ve spent numerous hours within the nice open air. In all my childhood summers, I used to be touring by boat in Finland’s lakes and rivers, and generally the Baltic Sea. Water has come to be a really significant component. It’s part of me.
The plastic air pollution of our waters is a world drawback. We dump 8 million tonnes of waste within the sea yearly, 80% of it plastic. For occasion, the Great Pacific Gargabe Vortex is now an space thrice the dimensions of France.
Pollution brings detrimental adjustments in aquatic ecosystems. Vast quantities of garbage and industrial waste find yourself in the identical waters the place we take our foods and drinks. This is my nice fear, and it should be the priority of everybody right here on the planet. Pick it up, individuals!
This sequence is impressed by the horror tales of H.P. Lovecraft, notably The Shadow Over Innsmouth(1931), whereby rising from the ocean a darkish risk lurks o’er the village of Innsmouth.
The pictures are a mix of those themes. The story of sea creatures, wrought in filth. The story of our waters’ up to date troubles. The creatures’ feelings differ from wistful and unhappy to anger.
Photography, planning, and modifying
In the start, I had a notion of styling the mannequin with nets and fish, and paint for the pores and skin. I assumed this is able to be a one or two picture factor. The idea grew and ripened. The environmental side got here alongside and the entire enterprise escalated with that.
I had deliberate the sequence fairly far earlier than the primary shoots. Yet the plan various and advanced alongside the way in which which is pure with a giant undertaking. Just a few errors had been additionally made, fortunately nothing catastrophic. They in a method opened up new prospects to enhance the sequence.
In November 2018 we held the primary planning classes with the sequence’ stylist Laura Puntila. We laid out the styling tips and usually mentioned the undertaking we had been about to embark upon. The styling employed as an illustration espresso grounds and body-paint to make shines and grainy pores and skin texture.
Many elements of the setup we had been in a position to borrow or had gifted to us (e.g. self-caught fish, tridents and from my session assistant’s grandparents a sack of outdated fishing nets). Though not all the seafood we used was edible I nonetheless had pangs of conscience at occasions when completely good fish obtained spoiled within the making. Yet I held the pictures’ message in such regard that I used to be in a position to ignore such pains.
Many fashions confirmed nice from the very begin however after the primary making-of’s got here out requests to participate started actually rolling in. I’m fairly delighted that the fashions are from throughout Finland. One of them really lives all the way in which in Berlin! People needed to mannequin for me and be part of the sequence. That’s once I felt having performed one thing proper. No one was bothered by being topless, or with a fish on their head. Everyone went casually and bravely alongside. At some classes, the stink was fairly horrible, however nobody paid it a lot thought.
For the classes, I had an extremely fabulous staff whom I can’t thank sufficient. Laura labored dozens of hours getting ready, testing after which really remodeling the fashions into aquatic beings. Tekla Kokkonen was there at nearly each session serving to me, Laura and the fashions. Tekla too was of essential help and she or he additionally modeled for the sequence!
The modifying went fairly rapidly. I had ready texture and tone layers prematurely for every tone. The pre-work took many hours however sped up the modifying. The pictures wanted solely minor fixes afterward. It’s been fairly a journey. This is the place we’ve come.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark IV
Lenses: Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II
Modifiers: Elinchrom Rotalux Deep Octabox 100 cm (Mainlight), Elinchrom Rotalux Squarebox 100 cm (hair gentle) and Elinchrom Standard Reflector 50° 21 cm with a grid (background)
Camera Settings Shutterspeed 1/125th sec, f/8, Iso 100
My lighting setup was easy. I did every part with three lights and one white reflector. I needed to shadows to be darkish however not deep black. The major gentle was 100cm deep octa barely pointed previous the mannequin to create delicate gentle. The Hair gentle was 100cm delicate field above the mannequin and barely within the shadow aspect of the mannequin. It additionally made the small print come out. One gentle was pointed to the background and I used the grid to cease the sunshine spreading all around the background.
My greatest gratitude of because of all who took half.
Credits: Photography: Markus Aspegren. Muah: Laura Puntila. Assistent + BTS-Photos: Tekla Kokkonen. Models: Annika Parkkonen, Henna Viitala, Sanni Julin, Janika Seppälä, Merja Paakkanen, Mikko Varjoranta, Aapo Halme, Tekla Kokkonen, Kari Savolainen, Laura Puntila, Kristian Pyykkö, Laura Tullila