Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Now such a feeling for the way they touch and shift

Here are some photographs which didn't make the cut into the photo book of the trip to Salla, Lapland, titled Climbing hills and fells: Vuokatinvaara and Sallatunturit. See the Scribd version or the Blurb version.

I wrote about the book-making project in five installments: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5.

In retrospect I should have paid more attention to what I was doing, but there was so much other things going on that my attention wasn't quite focused on the task. And thus I needed to iterate a bit more, which resulted in mistakes, which required extra work, etc. But in the end I'm rather pleased with the results, with the errors and all. It is a bit too simplistic as a book, the layout could have been much more creative, but I'm happy with it as it is now.

And having a printed book always feels good. Last year I didn't make any, so it was time to refresh the skills a bit.

(Posting title is from the poem Cut Out For It by Kay Ryan.)


Cedric Canard said...

The book looks great Juha. Nicely done. Your country is beautiful and looks so inviting, at least your photos certainly make it look that way. My kids would love your forests as would I.

Juha Haataja said...

Thanks, Cedric.

We do have a lot of forests, but only a little part is "wild", most is cultivated using the clearcut method, which is nowadays much criticized as it doesn't support biodiversity. Maybe in the future ecologically sound methods will become more popular.

At Salla in Lapland there are a lot of cultivated forests, but also wild ones.

In fact, the most popular wilderness hiking route in Finland goes past Salla, Karhunkierros, "Bear circle". Along this route there are rather spectacular places. Maybe we'll return to Salla some time in the future.

Another great place is the so-called "fell Lapland" in north-west Lapland, where there are few (or no) trees and long lines of fells one after another, and only low scrub growing there.