Saturday, October 5, 2013

Brings gloomier visions into view

Darkness of autumn is looming ahead.

(Posting title is from the poem Weaving by Lucy Larcom.)


Martina said...

*smile* - for whatever reason (back to the matter of taste I suppose) I always like your "behind the car/bus window" photos. Though they are not part of your regular work.
The atmosphere they show is so very very real.

Juha Haataja said...

Martina, thank you. I have been commuting by bicycle and thus there haven't been car/bus photographs for quite some time. But I expect that during autumn and winter I'll won't use the bicycle every day, so there will be this kind of photographs, at least once in a while.

Cedric Canard said...

As you might guess, I like these photos very much. The blur and the texture of the water of the window is something I use myself. Well done Juha. Fun, playful and beautiful.

Juha Haataja said...

Cedric, thank you. But when the dark season advances further it won't be so fun any more.

Which reminds me of a Finnish photographer, Antero Takala, whose book "Kaamos - hämärän maisemat = landscapes of darkness" (2006) contains b&w photographs taken in Lapland during the time when the sun never appears above horizon.

Here is a quote from the description of the book: "Lapland, the northernmost part of Finland is unique from the standpoint of its relationship to sunlight. The winter darkness period runs from November through January. Called kaamos in Finnish, it is a thing to be experienced rather than seen. The camera functions as the mediator of experience - it sees more than the naked eye."

I borrowed the book from a friend, and it made quite an impression.