Sunday, November 19, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
The time of year is just too dark for my Pentax - if I photograph by "daylight" (believe me, it needs the quotation marks), my pictures all come out a funny hue of blue, and the night-time function requires a steadier hand than I have...
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Right now, it seems, taking a photo a day in Helsinki is quite a lot to ask. Some may manage it, but I never seem to see anything for the rain and general greyness. However, if you remember my recent Bigfoot shot - clicking on the picture itself will take you to my flickr site. Once there, if you click on comments, you will find someone else's fantastic shot of the very same Bigfoot tribe member - at night!
Friday, October 20, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
A panahida, or Russian Orthodox memorial service, was held for Anna Politkovskaya at the Ouspensky Cathedral in Helsinki today. The light conditions made it nearly impossible for me to get a decent photo of it, but I want to publish this picture of people filing out from the church regardless. I am neither Russian Orthodox nor religious, but I wanted to attend to pay my final respect. The picture below is a little better lightingwise, but somehow in my view lacks both in human interest and composition. Ah well, I am not a photographer after all.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Right, gentle readers, the world is a nasty place but I can't remain depressed continuously. So herewith the good news: I have taken photos of the mythical Bigfoot. Above, he is featured close up, below, in his natural environment, i.e. Annankatu in Helsinki. (I have my own street, you know...)
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Outside the Russian Embassy in Helsinki today, a candle vigil was held in honour and memory of Anna Politkovskaja, the Russian reporter murdered on her doorstep on Saturday. She was an outspoken critic of the Putin government, particularly of its handling of the war in Chechnya. Note the Chechen flag left leaning against the Embassy fence in the picture. I don't normally post the same picture on my two sites, but this is an exceptional circumstance.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
An American one man band guy was playing downtown. He told us his listeners he would do an old Finnish schlager as his last piece, which he sang in perfectly passable although heavily accented Finnish. The heavens opened, but members of the public rushed out with their umbrellas, to save his amp...
...things got really hot when out of the rain-soaked crowd, a guy in a leotard emerged and did a dance with his perfectly ordinary-looking (male) friend.
A shop window at Stockmann's, the main department store downtown. All the dummies have false moustaches, the horse looks terrified, and the sign says, "No streethorsing outside shop window". At four in the morning, it was a stunning sight.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Last night, having just missed the tram, I fiddled around with the camera I have, um, adopted from my younger son. Lo! It has a night-time function on it! I didn't have the time for picture hunting, so just shot a couple where I was: top photo, the reasonably new National Opera House, bottom photo, the tramstop...
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Actually, this picture should have been part of an earlier post, featuring a photograph exhibition on electricity substations, on Eerikinkatu, in downtown Helsinki. This is at the top of the street. I somehow managed to overlook it.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
No. The entrance to O'Malley's Irish Pub, adjacent to Hotel Torni, during the Asem (Asia-Europe) meeting in Helsinki. With some fifteen heads of state gathering in the city, security has been a major issue, particularly as the meeting coincides with the 5th anniversary of 9/11. No doubt some of the dignitaries were staying at the hotel - not every pub has metal detectors. Yet.
PS Oops, correction, more like 40 heads of state. No wonder we've had a copper on every street corner.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
As a counterpoint to the Helsinki City Marathon, Saturday saw a poetry marathon, staged at the old Central Bus Station.
J.K.Ihalainen mid-performance with his strong, beautiful poetry. This guy has had William S.Burroughs illustrate one of his books! Follow the link given, click on Poetry, and scroll to find a sample. His best stuff is in Finnish, though, in my humble opinion.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Night of the Arts is, as the name would suggest, a night devoted to the arts. Arranged in Helsinki this year for the eighteenth time, it features performances from right across the broad board of (what terms itself) art. We ended our evening at the National Opera, listening to this wonderful tenor doing an aria from Yevgeni Onegin, followed by a duetto from La Traviata, to which we were all invited to dance. More pictures of the event on my flickr site.