Sunday, November 19, 2006

Room with no view

view fog
On day two in my new flat, I woke up to find my 10th floor view completely gone, swallowed up by fog. Or perhaps I am at cloud level.

Cave art in a metro tunnel

cave art

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


dark city

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

Little balls were falling from the sky

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It was called first snow. There'll perhaps be better pictures of it, once I venture out...

1st snow

Thursday, October 26, 2006

We are trees


Russian tanks in Helsinki

Russian tank
Well, only the one, actually, and that one only driven here by the Hungarian Cultural Centre to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the uprising against the Communist regime.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Too dark! Too grey! Too drab!

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

Indoor tsunami

indoor tsunami
"The Big Time", by Jiri Geller, at the Korjaamo Gallery in Töölö.

Monday, October 16, 2006

A memorial service for Anna Politkovskaya

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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.
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Friday, October 13, 2006

There must be a tribe of them...

another one!
I don't mean to only document Helsinki graffiti, but this Bigfoot tribe lurking around Annankatu appeal to me. Here is the first furry fellow I saw...

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The weird man of Kamppi

I've just seen a face
He lives in a glass showcase with his relatives. I find his gaze unnerving.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Lightening up: I caught the Bigfoot on camera!

bigfoot 1
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...)
bigfoot 2

Sunday, October 08, 2006

A candle vigil for Anna Politkovskaja

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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

A dog park by moonlight

the moon & dogpark

The one man band played on

the one man band & leotard man

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...

the one man band & leotard man contd.

...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.

Too weird


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

I found my camera has a night-time function

the opera house by night
the opera tramstop
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

A florist's shop, from both sides

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They're leaving us

going south

I can't say I blame them - the weather has been filthy. I am not going to say it - no, not even think it - but I could've been in the tropics...

Friday, September 29, 2006

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Paw prints on pavements

paw print
There are others, too. This is a bear's.

The forgotten one

the one that got away
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

Monday, September 18, 2006

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Airport security?

asem publife
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

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Monday, August 28, 2006

The Helsinki poetry marathon

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, part 5. High culture.

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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.

Night of the Arts, part 4.

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Fire-juggling is too cool. These kids were good, and there was drumming, too. My older son is somewhere in the crowd.

Night of the Arts, part 3. Return of the Pancake Man

We ate the pancakes afterwards. I was in some way happier that they were cooked by the lady.

Night of the Arts part 2

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This guy was serving pancakes outside an antique shop. I asked him whether I could take a picture, and he replied "Naked or clothed?" The rest, as they say, is history...

Night of the Arts part 1

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Dozens of shamanic drummers gathered in the park at Töölönlahti Bay.