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Old Finnish People With Things On Their Heads

Almost a year ago I discovered this photo series at Kiasma – The Museum of Modern Art in Helsinki, Finland.

Photographers, Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen came up with something truly peculiar and special, in their photo series Eyes As Big As Plates. Their subjects are old, super serious and Finnish, all while wearing ridiculous “organic” head pieces and attire…need I say more?

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Images via VisualNews and Riitta Ikonen.

311 Comments

  1. martha m moore
    November 18, 2013 at 06:20 · Reply

    completely wonderful.xoxo

    • December 6, 2013 at 22:32 · Reply

      The head gear and attire didn’t seem remotely ridiculous – and think “super serious” doesn’t seem to apply at all! Lovely eyes…deep with hiddent smiles…like others, i love this. Thank you !

  2. LInda
    November 21, 2013 at 05:45 · Reply

    such beautiful faces

  3. Jyoti Wind
    November 22, 2013 at 00:07 · Reply

    How beautiful…nature and aging merging together…

  4. Caoimhe
    November 22, 2013 at 03:06 · Reply

    I just LOVE the Finnish lady with the windswept twigs on her head. It’s just breathtaking.

  5. Shaman Hotep
    November 22, 2013 at 20:55 · Reply

    Marvelous!

  6. Eve L
    November 22, 2013 at 21:50 · Reply

    I absolutely LOVE these!

  7. sherry Rocha
    November 22, 2013 at 22:00 · Reply

    I love these photos!

  8. Dale
    November 22, 2013 at 22:38 · Reply

    I want all those people to live nearby. they are beautiful.

  9. November 23, 2013 at 00:11 · Reply

    Amazing photos! True ART

  10. the_badger_of_chaos
    November 23, 2013 at 01:48 · Reply

    I love old people. I love to watch them. I love to draw them. And aspecially I love to listen to them. They allways have so many stories! Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but allways true. It’s because they know about life more than anyone.

    • Diane
      November 28, 2013 at 00:59 · Reply

      And we’re just love to share our stories – OUR WISDOM!!!

  11. Jim Frye
    November 23, 2013 at 03:17 · Reply

    Breathtaking, stunning, the blending of nature with humanity makes you gasp

  12. November 23, 2013 at 05:21 · Reply

    Fantastic!

  13. Kristina
    November 23, 2013 at 05:22 · Reply

    mitä vittua? En todellakaan nähnyt kaiken nyt … mutta hyvällä tavalla. ;-)

    • marjaana
      December 1, 2013 at 14:18 · Reply

      These are wonderful images in the Finnish tradition of not explaining oneself. It is what it is, in art as well as well as life.

      Of course one then gets all the flipping amateur psychologists pontificating on the various translations, subtle nuances, traditions, interpretations, permutations, etc ad nauseam.
      Instead of giving us lectures on ancient religions look the pictures over a few times, they seem to tell you different things each time, reflecting back to us part of ourselves….

      Kristina, käytä suomea ainakin siksi kun olet oppinut puhumaan kunnolla. Tuollainen julkinen lapsellisuus nolottaa vahaa akkaa.

      Thanks for the links, i’ll go see what else good i can find!

    • RAILI STENSETH
      January 18, 2014 at 20:26 · Reply

      OLEN AIVAN SAMAA MIELTÄ !

  14. Elena
    November 23, 2013 at 07:32 · Reply

    Fantastico!

  15. Aleksandra
    November 23, 2013 at 09:28 · Reply

    truly remarkable. Love symbiosis between people and nature, between nature and art. So close – of you only can see it, use it. It is around us , within us.

  16. Iain Anderson
    November 23, 2013 at 10:31 · Reply

    beautiful, wonderous , and imaginative

  17. Fabio
    November 23, 2013 at 11:34 · Reply

    Stunning Photography that shows that a miraculous world can be very real!

  18. November 23, 2013 at 21:59 · Reply

    Excellent! Most Finns are very close to nature!

  19. November 23, 2013 at 22:51 · Reply

    plus Great !

  20. Melanie Fisher
    November 24, 2013 at 00:03 · Reply

    Great fun, original & beautiful.

  21. November 24, 2013 at 00:24 · Reply

    Amazing! I love it!
    Whotever it is, I am gonna do it the same way
    (out of other people, for sure)!

  22. leo
    November 24, 2013 at 00:40 · Reply

    these photos set me back on me heals

  23. Colleen
    November 24, 2013 at 02:20 · Reply

    Totally, totally awesome art! Perfect subjects as well.

  24. marilyn F
    November 24, 2013 at 03:20 · Reply

    my favorite is the man in the glasses who looks like a wise old owl

  25. November 24, 2013 at 04:02 · Reply

    Amazingly breathtaking

  26. November 24, 2013 at 04:03 · Reply

    Nature and aging breathtakingly beautiful

  27. November 24, 2013 at 04:05 · Reply

    Aging and nature amazing and breathtaking!

  28. November 24, 2013 at 06:45 · Reply

    I think its great seeing how the oldies are using nature on their bodies at first when i seen. It i thought WTF.now i look at it and think how creative with using the nature

  29. Sharon
    November 24, 2013 at 07:23 · Reply

    Love it ,creative ,funny and no inhibitions loverly free spirits doing what they want .

  30. November 24, 2013 at 08:05 · Reply

    This gallery of photographs is captivating and strangely calming to view.

  31. bill
    November 24, 2013 at 10:09 · Reply

    Silly,but cheered me up on a grey morning,is this a tradition or just staged?

    • IvyR
      November 29, 2013 at 15:13 · Reply

      Staged.

      • pilvikki
        January 20, 2014 at 13:52 · Reply

        obviously!

    • Ozark
      December 1, 2013 at 05:34 · Reply

      Actually there is a long tradtiion of old Finns sitting out in nature putting things on their heads. Usually after a long, long time in the savusauna and rehydrating with vodka..

      • pilvikki
        January 20, 2014 at 13:52 · Reply

        saapaita, mukeja, puskia… :)

  32. Sonja
    November 24, 2013 at 11:35 · Reply

    Beautiful!

  33. Riitta
    November 24, 2013 at 12:11 · Reply

    Hei Im lost for words, Truly differentiation style ,art.

  34. November 24, 2013 at 12:15 · Reply

    Magnificent. I love when people wrap themselves in and with nature and natural objects. We simply long to do it!!

  35. JIM
    November 24, 2013 at 12:33 · Reply

    I hope this doesn’t carry over in my house

  36. laura
    November 24, 2013 at 13:38 · Reply

    Brilliant and loving and free

  37. kendra
    November 24, 2013 at 13:39 · Reply

    the power and diversity of imagination survives! Stunning!

  38. Parisi Muriel
    November 24, 2013 at 14:38 · Reply

    Magnifique

  39. P
    November 24, 2013 at 14:48 · Reply

    Patronizing.

    • Annie
      November 29, 2013 at 03:13 · Reply

      I am sad that you see through such eyes. I send you warm and loving thoughts.

      • A
        November 30, 2013 at 17:33 · Reply

        Also Patronizing

    • Bob
      December 1, 2013 at 07:57 · Reply

      I agree, very patronizing

      • pilvikki
        January 20, 2014 at 13:54 · Reply

        laugh a minute you guys…

  40. Linda
    November 24, 2013 at 15:00 · Reply

    The photos are wonderful, but the article leaves me wanting to know the why of doing this?

    • P J Grant
      November 27, 2013 at 09:40 · Reply

      Linda, when one becomes of a certain age the question is no longer “Why,” but “Why Not?”

      • Annie
        November 29, 2013 at 03:15 · Reply

        There is not always a “why” – Art and Beauty exist for the sole purpose of existing, and to elevate our souls – and this does that so beautifully that it takes my breath away. Thank You

  41. frances
    November 24, 2013 at 15:08 · Reply

    this series of photos is a great artistic statement, a great wholeness statement, a great spiritual connectedness statement. i am 65, and i TOTALLY relate to the message. :)

  42. john ketola
    November 24, 2013 at 15:25 · Reply

    how soumi you!

  43. ewelina
    November 24, 2013 at 15:39 · Reply

    wow. so little is enough. Real art that is not artifcial. Thank you!

  44. November 24, 2013 at 16:29 · Reply

    This is fantastic! So typically Finnish and stoic … love this

  45. Rita Randazzo
    November 24, 2013 at 16:33 · Reply

    These beautiful old people are serenely accepting the natural process of becoming one with the earth. Amazing and moving photos with a world of meaning behind them and a wealth of experience in every face.

  46. Joe Randazzo
    November 24, 2013 at 16:38 · Reply

    Man’s first gods were the forces of nature, but they were feared. This changed when the Egyptians created human-form gods that were benevolent. They had a hundred different gods. Later, using Abraham as a focal point the Hebrews, the Christians and the Muslims evolved into a mono-theistic belief system, which is were we are today. Shiites hate Sunnis, Protestants hate Catholics, all hate the Jews, etc. Religion is the cause of death and destruction, including ignoring climate change.

    We should come full circle and once again, not worship, but appreciate, revere, and wonder at the forces of nature and the cosmos, not fear-based, but love based as these wonderful people in Finland have shown us.

    What marvelous photos. As primitive as they may look, they really are the future if man is to survive.

    • Margaret
      November 30, 2013 at 16:43 · Reply

      What a sweeping statement and full of bigotry. Many people of the three faiths quoted actively work together, socialise together and have a common bond:- love of God and the created natural world.

    • A
      November 30, 2013 at 17:38 · Reply

      Couldn’t have said it better.

    • susan
      December 2, 2013 at 00:26 · Reply

      Interesting – even sweeping, I think someone said. I do think death and destruction, including but not limited to, the effects of climate change, cannot entirely be chalked up to human religiosity. Your view of religion as being used for nefarious purposes and as encouraging violence – well, history backs you up. Whether the God/god referenced actively encourages such deeds is impossible to know, since one can’t just find out from a good hard-hitting interview. Good people can find inspiration and comfort in the version of godhood they’ve embraced; they should not close their eyes to the travesties done in the name of the same God/gods they worship. Of course, if you don’t close your eyes, you may wind up less worshipful.

      The pictures are very cool. And why should humans survive? What is loveliest in the shots are the flora rather than the fauna, though the Tolkien-like strangeness of the blend of the two is truly charming. Life forms come and go, adapt or become petroleum. Along the way one can have sweetly outlandish moments like these to give us joy.

  47. eva
    November 24, 2013 at 17:02 · Reply

    Espectacular

    • Jen Conk
      November 27, 2013 at 09:31 · Reply

      yes, Espectacular!!!

  48. Colleen
    November 24, 2013 at 17:09 · Reply

    Love it! Kooky, but cute:)

  49. Jori
    November 24, 2013 at 17:26 · Reply

    These are simply SPECTACULAR !!!!

  50. cynthia rucryst
    November 24, 2013 at 17:31 · Reply

    This is soooo cool!! A calendar would be awesome!!

  51. cynthia rucryst
    November 24, 2013 at 17:32 · Reply

    This is soooo cool!! A calendar would be awesome!! Love these beautiful people with au naturel head adornments!

  52. November 24, 2013 at 17:55 · Reply

    this is beautiful…a way to celebrate the older people and the nature around them!

  53. Vinz
    November 24, 2013 at 18:41 · Reply

    The Finnish Army’s Reserve Force comprises people of both genders and all ages; these pictures show the Finnish snipers perfecting their impeccable camouflage techniques in preparation for the annual manoeuvres…

  54. November 24, 2013 at 18:56 · Reply

    I adore these. Beautiful photographs, impossible not to smile at. We should be as in love with & respectful to nature here too. I want to join them :) Wonderful.

  55. Jon Priddy
    November 24, 2013 at 19:09 · Reply

    Barking :-)

  56. salmo
    November 24, 2013 at 19:23 · Reply

    I wonder if this is grounding ourselves to nature?

  57. salmo
    November 24, 2013 at 19:24 · Reply

    I wonder if this is grounding ourselves in love to nature?

  58. Peg Aloi
    November 24, 2013 at 19:29 · Reply

    Brilliant!

  59. Betty
    November 24, 2013 at 19:35 · Reply

    There must be a reason that the older people do this. To keep cool, keep the flies away or protection from whatever. Would be great to know. Did anyone ask them the questions…why?
    Would be very interesting to understand this beautiful natural beauty.

    • November 27, 2013 at 23:36 · Reply

      Betty, these are art photos…staged for their unique beauty……this is not part of Finnish culture…

      • A
        November 30, 2013 at 17:56 · Reply

        I’m so glad you said that. I was beginning to question my understanding of the article. I also, had understood this to be a staged photograph of an image imagined by the photographer and modeled by the brilliantly old, serious looking Finnish oldies for the photo. That is correct, right?

    • marjaana
      December 1, 2013 at 14:26 · Reply

      you have achieved a miracle, betty. i am speechless!

  60. karen hawkins
    November 24, 2013 at 20:50 · Reply

    interesting and lovely

  61. Div Manula
    November 24, 2013 at 21:16 · Reply

    I think I know most of those folks!

  62. November 24, 2013 at 21:18 · Reply

    Marvelous!

  63. Tonya
    November 24, 2013 at 22:21 · Reply

    I love these!!

  64. Mary Ellen
    November 24, 2013 at 22:24 · Reply

    I now have the perfect answer for my thinning, short hair. I must share this with Aunt Kathy. Very cool!

  65. November 24, 2013 at 22:26 · Reply

    as I finn I always knew we were a(head) of the time…

    • lauren
      November 27, 2013 at 20:04 · Reply

      Absolutely breath taking. These photos have such a calming effect. So many beautiful things in life to appreciate. Merging people and nature…spectacular!

  66. laura Cerwinske
    November 24, 2013 at 22:38 · Reply

    This is the Finnish version of the people of the Omo River Valley in Sudan. Take a look at the photographs of Hans Sylvester.
    WOnderful.

  67. November 24, 2013 at 22:47 · Reply

    Hey! Some of those people are not THAT old! They’re seniors, but not all of them are ancient. Loved the pictures, though.

    • Anny Schomburg
      November 27, 2013 at 16:36 · Reply

      Genevieve, I was thinking the same thing, a lot of those folks are NOT old. Beautiful Images!!

  68. PeggyAnn Duckless
    November 24, 2013 at 22:52 · Reply

    Why do they do that. Where does the custom come from??

    • IvyR
      November 29, 2013 at 15:16 · Reply

      It’s not a custom. It is art. We don’t go walking around with moss on our heads or whatever.

  69. November 24, 2013 at 23:15 · Reply

    Why is it termed ” ‘old’ Finnish people……” The ‘old’ description is not necessary in this situation.

    Beyond the description in the heading for the article, i very much enjoyed the photographs.

  70. Bob Hewitt
    November 25, 2013 at 00:05 · Reply

    Naturally good people

  71. Rosemary C. Gray
    November 25, 2013 at 00:27 · Reply

    These are fabulous! What beautiful people with such obvious character.

  72. November 25, 2013 at 01:26 · Reply

    We need this in the US. To hold our older population higher than ever and follow in their footsteps.

  73. Pattie
    November 25, 2013 at 01:34 · Reply

    Awesome; but why? Hunting, protection…?

    • December 14, 2013 at 23:42 · Reply

      It´s art…the pictures are staged. What do people really think about us Finns!? Haha..

      • pilvikki
        January 20, 2014 at 13:58 · Reply

        what people really think? i’m going with “they don’t”….

  74. November 25, 2013 at 01:36 · Reply

    Wow! These are absolutely spectacular!! Must share.

  75. Tabitha St Germain
    November 25, 2013 at 01:44 · Reply

    Just beautiful.

  76. Roy Laitinen
    November 25, 2013 at 02:08 · Reply

    Makes me want go back to visit where all of my grandparents are from! Very proud of my heritage! Roy Laitinen

  77. alicia Otis
    November 25, 2013 at 02:11 · Reply

    Fabulous…

  78. November 25, 2013 at 02:18 · Reply

    Beautiful!
    As a Swede I can totally relate.

  79. Badia
    November 25, 2013 at 02:19 · Reply

    We learn from the elderly so we can teach our own. True art and it’s all around us.

  80. Michelle
    November 25, 2013 at 02:38 · Reply

    Incredible art display. Really fantastic! Looks like these photos and the Finnish focus on really getting back to nature.

  81. November 25, 2013 at 02:54 · Reply

    Love the whimsy.

  82. Anita Olkkola
    November 25, 2013 at 03:02 · Reply

    I have heard that Finns reflect the nature that they are raised in. Finns from Ostro-Bothnia tend to yell or speak directly more so than FInns from, say, Karelia, since it is flat in the former region and people can yell from house to house. Where as Karelians tend to speak around topics because they are from a hilly region. Having parents from each, I have noticed it is quite true. Also, there is a saying about all Finns that they are like coconuts, hard and rough on the outside and sweet, warm, and nurturing on the inside. Thanks for posting these images. They are all lovely!

  83. November 25, 2013 at 03:15 · Reply

    It’s amazing how sufficient seriousness and dignity can take things that ought to be ridiculous and make them into tremendous art. This is beautiful work.

    • Jen Conk
      November 27, 2013 at 09:32 · Reply

      yes indeed, very beautiful, haunting and holy

      thank you!

  84. Christi Norquist
    November 25, 2013 at 03:33 · Reply

    Beautiful Expressive Photographs…. Thank you so much for sharing them – Extraordinary Creativity!!

  85. November 25, 2013 at 04:30 · Reply

    Fresh & revealing.

  86. Suzanne
    November 25, 2013 at 05:38 · Reply

    Change and renewal, growth and the cycle of life. That’s what I bring to these images. What an interesting series.

  87. Dic
    November 25, 2013 at 06:18 · Reply

    Brilliant, love the woman with the rubarb wig! One thing though, four of them haven’t actually got things on their heads!

  88. November 25, 2013 at 06:40 · Reply

    These photos are peculiar indeed. I find myself asking, how should I feel while looking at this? then I start to realize the paradoxical peculiarity between the stern and solemn faces and the organically ridiculous attire and begin to laugh. The final picture actually made me lose it completely. That man in his confident, sexy pose and flower blouse is truly hilarious. Thanks! very nice work.

  89. November 25, 2013 at 07:29 · Reply

    Love the twigs!

  90. November 25, 2013 at 08:11 · Reply

    Wonderful!!

  91. Sophie
    November 25, 2013 at 08:53 · Reply

    Love these! And not only are most Finns close to nature but totally bonkers LOL And that is great!

  92. Szabó Enikô
    November 25, 2013 at 09:40 · Reply

    Végre valami ami mond valamit…..

  93. neda
    November 25, 2013 at 09:56 · Reply

    I want to try one of those blankets and hats and pulls! in stead of these yuk obligatory scarves!!!

  94. ricco
    November 25, 2013 at 11:55 · Reply

    We’re all going back to nature at the end wether we like it or not. This is a fanstastic way of showing it virtually. These people in the pictures, some of them at my age, are so beautiful that it almost hurts to see them. Very creative photography :)

  95. George
    November 25, 2013 at 11:58 · Reply

    cool.

  96. John
    November 25, 2013 at 12:47 · Reply

    An approach that speaks volumes to the lack of fear of mortality. Love it !

  97. Aafke Hoogterp
    November 25, 2013 at 12:51 · Reply

    It´s seldom that photography touches me that way, in which I discover a mix of such an incredable creativity and the expression of the value of each person.
    It´s beautiful work, art and gives so much sense.

  98. Ulla Meyer
    November 25, 2013 at 13:17 · Reply

    Stunning photographs! Incredible Creativity. Thank you for sharing these gems.
    Having grown up in Finland my favorite is the woman with cotton wool balls on her head because I
    so loved them as a child.

  99. Rita
    November 25, 2013 at 13:30 · Reply

    Ecco, una delle tante cose per cui vorrei visitare la Finlandia…

  100. November 25, 2013 at 13:50 · Reply

    These are so wonderful.
    I am partial to black an white large format view camera photography. These are visually, sensually exquisite, fun and serious at the same time. Mythical like really. Thank you for your creative efforts!!!

  101. Lucky
    November 25, 2013 at 15:22 · Reply

    Ok these are great photos. But, I’m sorry, seeing something at a museum does not mean that you “discovered’ it. Kind of the opposite.

  102. Minka Paraskevova
    November 25, 2013 at 19:02 · Reply

    Beauty and nature in harmony…. love it!

  103. Lila Crosby
    November 25, 2013 at 19:09 · Reply

    I am half

    I am half Finish and half Swedish and can fully relate to these pictures. The Finns and Swedes especially from the far north of both nations relate fully to the forrest and nature..wonderful pics …thank you.

  104. alyson
    November 25, 2013 at 19:44 · Reply

    organically beautiful photographs, would love to be a model

  105. Karen
    November 25, 2013 at 20:17 · Reply

    These photos are absolutely beautiful and inspiring!

  106. Alberto Ruiz Ojembarrena
    November 25, 2013 at 20:30 · Reply

    Precioso trabajo Lara

  107. nicolette Smilde
    November 25, 2013 at 20:53 · Reply

    i love to play that way too! Beautifull faces, beautifull stuff, beautifulle evrything, and fun too.

  108. tammy
    November 25, 2013 at 20:59 · Reply

    I just LOVE this.

  109. Giorgio
    November 25, 2013 at 21:00 · Reply

    De foto s zijn prachtig,de mens en natuur een…..!!!

  110. nicolette Smilde
    November 25, 2013 at 21:18 · Reply

    thank you! love this so much.

  111. November 25, 2013 at 21:21 · Reply

    I believe the title of the exhibition relates also to a story of the traveler people who talk about a dog who had the eyes as big as plates or the wheel of the carriage and they were threatening at night or in unknown place. The people of this exhibition seem to tell a story of the marshes or woods where people are one with the nature and this also brings them back to life or to a presence when they are dead or represent disappeared families or exemplary stories.
    If one tries to make a fire, and the Scandinavian countries are a lot about making warm or comfortable, one looks for twigs or moss or grass to put in fire. It can be an exhibition about small things in the nature.
    I was on a trip in north Norway and we gathered twigs to put in the fire and we looked very much the same with the arms full of twigs.
    These twigs look also like a bunch of vine plant too, which may say they get to the head and they put you to the ground, these small things of the nature. And so! Thank you for the funny and wise photography! And thank you to your models too!!!!

  112. Tiina
    November 25, 2013 at 21:59 · Reply

    Feeling very proud to be a Finn when I saw these pictures. I always knew that we were ‘one’ with the nature, but these pictures manage to make it a tangible concept.

  113. November 25, 2013 at 21:59 · Reply

    Excellent!

  114. Faith
    November 25, 2013 at 22:03 · Reply

    Brilliant!!!

  115. November 25, 2013 at 22:04 · Reply

    Precioso, parece que con el tiempo se hacen uno con la tierra…

  116. T.J.
    November 25, 2013 at 22:56 · Reply

    magical!… they aren’t old!.. just look at them playing!! I love it :D

  117. November 25, 2013 at 23:06 · Reply

    Why would anyone ask “Why”. If you are Finn then you would understand. I am wondering as to how they got that picture of me with the lily pond leaves on my head.

  118. baltasar
    November 25, 2013 at 23:22 · Reply

    Espléndidos! Brillantes! Evocadores!.
    Gracias!!

  119. Bill Brouard
    November 26, 2013 at 00:13 · Reply

    I just so love every single one of these pictures ….. Beautiful.

  120. Sarah
    November 26, 2013 at 01:25 · Reply

    But it’s NOT on their heads. Not only, not all. Love the photos but think you need to change the title.

  121. Megan
    November 26, 2013 at 03:31 · Reply

    I will have to move there when I get old.

  122. November 26, 2013 at 03:34 · Reply

    is the idea to use what you find in nature as artistically as you can, or does it serve a practical purpose? how common is this, and can it be compared to trendy fashionistas in the big cities? they all seem so natural in their facial expressions that they are not posing, so it seems to be a particularly lovely shared mentality….the rhubarb is so cute, and the twigs are amazing…. I love this incredibly authentic and fascinating article….thank you

  123. Hummah
    November 26, 2013 at 03:59 · Reply

    I love the pics and they encourage me to be creative and have fun. Someone once said “Don’t encourage her”. It’s a wonderful world full of glorious in nature to put on your head and elsewhere.

  124. November 26, 2013 at 04:46 · Reply

    Utterly wonderful!!! Bring a smile to my heart and day…

  125. Esta
    November 26, 2013 at 05:05 · Reply

    wonderful! thanks

  126. Marnie
    November 26, 2013 at 06:38 · Reply

    Kiitos

    Love the Finns. I want to grow old like this!

  127. November 26, 2013 at 06:58 · Reply

    A Great netural tradition,,,we must try this there semms to be a therupitic effect by doing with naturel products.

  128. Ann Wille-Jørgensen
    November 26, 2013 at 10:35 · Reply

    Very inspirational, loved all of them!

  129. Ann Wille-Jørgensen
    November 26, 2013 at 10:35 · Reply

    Incredibly inspirational – loved all of t hem

  130. November 26, 2013 at 11:40 · Reply

    Wunderbar! Vielen Dank für die Inspiration! ;-)

  131. November 26, 2013 at 11:45 · Reply

    So very interesting! I love seeing older people celebrated and the beauty of all of the nature. I can’t help but feel a bit uncomfortable as I have an aversion to bugs and spiders in particular. The reactions of everyone and the mixed emotions that I am feeling tell the tale of how wonderful this art is.

  132. Per spildra borg
    November 26, 2013 at 12:49 · Reply

    i love the Finland people.

  133. November 26, 2013 at 14:58 · Reply

    Fab!!

  134. Doris
    November 26, 2013 at 15:04 · Reply

    Beautiful and very creative.

  135. Martin
    November 26, 2013 at 18:22 · Reply

    And they say “there are no Finnish comedians.” Ha!

  136. Edie
    November 26, 2013 at 18:45 · Reply

    More, please.

  137. Pamela Holat
    November 26, 2013 at 20:20 · Reply

    You get away with torturing old people? No one is smiling. and they all look uncomfortable. But nice camera.

  138. November 26, 2013 at 20:54 · Reply

    Nydelig!

  139. Helle G. Skytte
    November 26, 2013 at 21:53 · Reply

    Very special and quite beautiful :-)

  140. November 27, 2013 at 01:31 · Reply

    A great project. Those people are beautiful and you make them look wonderful.

  141. November 27, 2013 at 01:33 · Reply

    These were so moving, I laughed and I cried. I am getting old and life is getting more and more beautiful. Congratulations to all involved. MARVELLOUS!

  142. Gwendolyn Gallagher
    November 27, 2013 at 02:04 · Reply

    Almost painfully exquisite, their pride and confidence and comfort with nature! But what’s with the man wearing nettles? Too much pain and not much comfort! Perhaps he is collecting them to ferment for fertilizer, as I do. Fortunately he is one of the ones well-clothed under his botanic coat. I am reminded of the old story of the swan brothers and their nettle sweaters.

  143. Lissa
    November 27, 2013 at 02:45 · Reply

    Hooray hooray for bursting these beautiful old faces into a strange and daring new light. I hope they all enjoyed the photo shoot as much as your lucky fans love the results. Thank you!!

  144. Alejandro Turrillo
    November 27, 2013 at 08:55 · Reply

    Really nice Fotos, I also want one!!!! Congratulations for the pictures!!!! :)

  145. P J Grant
    November 27, 2013 at 09:30 · Reply

    I love every one of these pictures, and wish I could know these delightful people as my friends. I want to go live in Finland where people are so creative!!

    Just a thought: Would it not be better if the title of the article were worded slightly differently, to say “FINNISH PEOPLE WITH ODD THINGS ON THEIR HEADS” instead of “ODD FINNISH PEOPLE WITH THINGS ON THEIR HEADS” ?

  146. kai
    November 27, 2013 at 09:30 · Reply

    Beautiful!!!!

  147. Jaana
    November 27, 2013 at 09:46 · Reply

    Just wonderful!! I love it!

  148. P J Grant
    November 27, 2013 at 09:49 · Reply

    Oops (red faced and embarrassed)! I misread the title. That’s what happens when I stay up too late.I love the comment about a Calendar! Any chance there might be one? Thanks for sharing the marvelous photos. I’m 65, I think I’ll start doing this, too. :-)

  149. Maya
    November 27, 2013 at 12:20 · Reply

    What a creative expression of freedom at any age! Thank you.

  150. November 27, 2013 at 13:27 · Reply

    Wonderful! Great and insipiring photographs and people!

  151. charles shepard
    November 27, 2013 at 17:07 · Reply

    I fear such activities here would result in a competence hearing for mental health

  152. Laura Aro
    November 27, 2013 at 18:11 · Reply

    Please, note these photos are taken by an artist (Riitta Ikonen mainly). The women and men are models, they are not representing themselves or dressed every day in a fancy way like in the photos. They represent the image and visions of the artist. And she has succeeded indeed so well in her intentions. I’m proud to be a Finn, an elderly Finnish woman (66 years).

    • helen goodwin
      November 28, 2013 at 12:41 · Reply

      …thanks for your message with the artists name who had the concept and took the images…thank you! … i have shared the images so it will be good to share the artists name!! big hello to magical Finland!!

  153. Laura Aro
    November 27, 2013 at 18:16 · Reply

    Two additions to my former comment:

    I mean that the women and men are self-made or artist-made models, they do not represent themselves.

    The website of Riitta Ikonen is worth a look: http://www.riittaikonen.com/

  154. November 27, 2013 at 19:10 · Reply

    Such great art in photography I didnt see for a while. Subjects and idea combined so perfectly into nature. Well done!!
    Greetings,
    Mario keglevic

  155. Marianne
    November 27, 2013 at 20:08 · Reply

    Absolutely wonderful! What a fantastic idea! Love their serious facial expressions.

  156. Diana
    November 27, 2013 at 20:23 · Reply

    These elders, In Nature , are Creative and Heartfelt. I am Inspired to be one !!

  157. S
    November 27, 2013 at 20:34 · Reply

    I’m not sure whether this is crazy in a good way or crazy in a mental-should-be-locked-up way….I love it though!

  158. Greta Brown
    November 27, 2013 at 21:04 · Reply

    As an OLD and purebred svenska flicka, can’t imagine why I’ve not thought to gather twigs for my noggin! Guess the Swedes have always been one step behind!

    • Nancy Lexson-Title
      December 1, 2013 at 18:22 · Reply

      Very funny. It makes me look at my garden clippings differently.
      Hey, wait, has Lady Gaga seen these…? I’m sure she can find inspiration here for next years’ tour.

      I see the faces of my ancestors. The juxtaposition of the people and nature, the seriousness of their expressions and the headdresses they wear, speaks to my understanding of the Finns. Connected to the land, and a shuttle humor. Thank you, for sharing this exhibition online.

  159. Carol Moilanen Nalepka
    November 27, 2013 at 21:30 · Reply

    Actually, I believe this aging lady of Finnish heritage will skip these. I guess I am not very creative…rather unusual but interesting!

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  160. helen goodwin
    November 27, 2013 at 22:08 · Reply

    Thank you Lara for sharing your wonderful works and to the old Finnish folks too…..so inspiring and up lifting and beautiful and … well…just everything……i love love your work….i have had to share with others…thank you!!…best helen from the UK

  161. LeAnn Kaattari
    November 27, 2013 at 22:34 · Reply

    Yes, these are my people.

  162. November 28, 2013 at 01:43 · Reply

    Love this!

  163. Jenelle Anderson
    November 28, 2013 at 06:49 · Reply

    I love what LeAnn Kaattari said!

  164. paul southcott
    November 28, 2013 at 08:14 · Reply

    Hurrah! What a beautiful bunch of pictures, really eye-opening and mind-opening and playful and challenging…sail on the Finns!

  165. Friederike
    November 28, 2013 at 10:12 · Reply

    Amazing! I love it!

  166. November 28, 2013 at 13:24 · Reply

    Absolutely fabulous! Great compilation of very original people! Each and every image put a smile on my face. Thank you for sharing your great work.

  167. Jenni Tree
    November 28, 2013 at 14:19 · Reply

    I love Kiasma in Helsinki. It has the most surprising art. Never faint-hearted and always totally original. Aren’t these strange and wonderful photos!

  168. November 28, 2013 at 15:21 · Reply

    I love it!!!!

  169. An Elder
    November 28, 2013 at 16:20 · Reply

    Thank you! I want to meet the models, and the visionary artist! Breathtaking!

  170. Gwen
    November 28, 2013 at 16:58 · Reply

    These photos and the superlatives in response (Marvelous! Wonderful!) sent a crawly feeling up my spine. Terms like “artistically correct” or “age-ally correct” came to mind. Also, the “emperor’s new artistic insight.” I was amused also, but mostly alarmed. Now I feel grief.

    Having been so very fortunate to play in a forest as a child, I recall knowing that we children were part of the natural forest ecosystem: moss, hemlock, fir, “mother” tree, soil, bug, bird, child, fern, trillium . . .

    On second consideration of these Finnish models – nestling under moss and adorned with grass – I think of clear-cuts and deforestation, the transformation of forest ecosystems into tree agriculture and concrete. Maybe we “older” ones (I’m close to 67) have been one of the last generations to be part of a true, even “sacred,” forest. We love moss and old growth and we grieve for the seventh generation and our grandchildren. This may not have been the intent of the photographer, but thank you, anyway.

  171. Debby S.
    November 28, 2013 at 17:30 · Reply

    Now that’s Art!

  172. Marie
    November 28, 2013 at 17:40 · Reply

    I simply adored these pictures. thank you.

  173. Mirja Holmboe
    November 28, 2013 at 20:24 · Reply

    lovely

  174. susan
    November 28, 2013 at 22:23 · Reply

    I like the one of the man on the ground with the Moss. But they all are so special!

  175. Keren
    November 29, 2013 at 04:18 · Reply

    Sell as calendar? I’d buy two! I would, really! These are beautifully wonderful.

    • Marlys
      December 3, 2013 at 02:05 · Reply

      sign me up too!

  176. Peter
    November 29, 2013 at 05:59 · Reply

    Without gile, and so completely unselfconscious, us as we are supposed to be – wonderful!

  177. David
    November 29, 2013 at 07:56 · Reply

    Double plus good !

  178. edwin m. luis
    November 29, 2013 at 09:11 · Reply

    amazing!

  179. Marie
    November 29, 2013 at 09:17 · Reply

    Fantastic! I love them!

  180. November 29, 2013 at 11:52 · Reply

    Wooow. Amazing. From my birth place on the world. It is lovely

  181. petya
    November 29, 2013 at 12:14 · Reply

    How beautiful they are :) :) ^_^

  182. Robert Robertson
    November 29, 2013 at 13:40 · Reply

    I love the woman covered in straw. She’s like a graceful old owl. Stunning work. x

  183. Jenni Stevens
    November 29, 2013 at 14:31 · Reply

    This art deserves the highest accolade! True art with true beauty! Breathtakingly windswept!

  184. November 29, 2013 at 14:59 · Reply

    I found them very beautiful in a touching way. At 82 iwas moved for many reasons. These are not funny; they are beautiful. Thank you.

  185. Theodoros Papantoniou
    November 29, 2013 at 15:00 · Reply

    The faces are amazing, especially the one in the first photo. SUPER!

  186. jenny
    November 29, 2013 at 16:04 · Reply

    The most beautiful people….. just lovely spirits they are!

  187. Cees Slob
    November 29, 2013 at 16:33 · Reply

    Meet the inner god in the other human.

  188. November 29, 2013 at 16:45 · Reply

    You fins are great! beautifull work Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen, and Lara.

  189. Lea
    November 29, 2013 at 17:23 · Reply

    Toutali aasam, did anyone else see the teddy bear (rock) beside Mr. Sammale on his shoulders? My heart just expanded.

  190. Dude
    November 29, 2013 at 18:05 · Reply

    I thought it was hilarious.

  191. Ellen Boelens
    November 29, 2013 at 21:28 · Reply

    These are my people!

  192. Iona
    November 30, 2013 at 00:24 · Reply

    Need you say more? OF COURSE! Who, what, why, when, where, how? But mostly who and why? That’s all assuming of course that they weren’t posed by the photographers as a hoax.

  193. November 30, 2013 at 00:38 · Reply

    I was very taken with this photography. The first photograph brought tears to my eyes. She is such a beautiful older woman in my eyes at least, and I would love to give her a hug and ask her to sit down for a cup of tea with me. . I am 68 myself, wish if she is older that I could call her gram, or auntie , some family connection. I realize my perspective is different from probably all the others. I have always wanted someone to call those names, never having had family. I shall always remember this very special lady. Thank you from my heart. Is there any way to purchase a copy of the print?

  194. Kathryn Aebig
    November 30, 2013 at 03:28 · Reply

    I love the pictures so much I made beautiful nature hats and had my brother photograph them. Fantastic!!

  195. JIgna
    November 30, 2013 at 07:06 · Reply

    It reminds me of the part of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones where people have merged with and become part of trees.

  196. April Hircko
    November 30, 2013 at 08:08 · Reply

    Living in my Finn home now for 30 yrs, I can now why I love my bogs, with dragon flies, Blue Herons & frogs. The brackish, somewhat salty water, marshes near the sea that I have become part of.

  197. eleonora
    November 30, 2013 at 08:35 · Reply

    Human is part of the nature.

  198. Pirkko Ouikarinen
    November 30, 2013 at 16:43 · Reply

    Kauniita ! Muy bonitos !

  199. Jane
    November 30, 2013 at 16:48 · Reply

    Brilliant, really random but great and good photos too

  200. Suey
    November 30, 2013 at 18:03 · Reply

    Very shamanic. I totally relate to all these beautiful pictures. I keep thinking about them and returning to look at them. Is it possible to get a copy of any of these images?

  201. Jeremy
    November 30, 2013 at 21:53 · Reply

    But what happens when they show up at WalMart?

  202. bbee
    December 1, 2013 at 01:16 · Reply

    I remember reading about the folklore and mythology of the Finnish people. So, it would not surprise me to see them wearing nature as clothing.

  203. Rose Lowery
    December 1, 2013 at 01:19 · Reply

    Being 100% Finn, I am so taken with the photography, the first picture of the lady with the twigs reminds me of my grandmother who came from Finland in 1900 as a bride and she and her husband homesteaded a farm. I am also an old lady, 80 years young and love communing with nature. My greatest love is working in the garden. My I do so until the day I die

  204. December 1, 2013 at 02:49 · Reply

    es muy hermoso..

  205. December 1, 2013 at 14:14 · Reply

    Oikein hvää ja kaunis!

  206. Rebecca
    December 1, 2013 at 15:03 · Reply

    Love!

  207. Denise Spillane
    December 1, 2013 at 15:20 · Reply

    Amazing and beautiful

  208. December 1, 2013 at 20:20 · Reply

    beautiful

  209. Patricia Kidd
    December 1, 2013 at 21:11 · Reply

    Delightful!!! Thank you for these absolutely wonderful shots!!!!!

  210. Hilary
    December 2, 2013 at 00:23 · Reply

    these marvellous images show us what a serious business humour is.

    and the people! idiosyncratically finnish, they seem to be.

  211. December 2, 2013 at 00:32 · Reply

    Yes not old…mature …maturity implies completion..arrival at a time where one can just be part of one’s environment and celebrate.
    There people are not exploited, facial expression shows collaboration in a ‘moment’ captured … Thanks for sharing that…..what a lovely place and what beautiful people.

  212. December 2, 2013 at 00:38 · Reply

    Old ……no……mature. Maturity suggests completion, arriving at a place where one can celebrate where one is. There’s people shine with that joy. Thanks for sharing.

  213. Shannon Forbes
    December 2, 2013 at 02:09 · Reply

    I’m lichen the guy covered in moss! ;)

  214. Rex
    December 2, 2013 at 04:01 · Reply

    fantastic, expressive pics!

  215. December 2, 2013 at 05:17 · Reply

    Beautiful

  216. Alan C.Taylor
    December 2, 2013 at 11:34 · Reply

    Great photos.It would have been great fun meeting the people involved and taking the pictures yourself.

  217. December 2, 2013 at 15:56 · Reply

    I can not stop seeing your pictures. Once, when I was twenty-something, I had a very strong dream in which a voice was saying things like “you were born from leaves and moss, and today became a real person.” I was thinking that your essay seemed a continuation of my dream. As if the voice was saying that in the old age we returns to the leaves and moss.

  218. Xenia
    December 2, 2013 at 17:14 · Reply

    Great project! Love it!

  219. Christina Ahldin Almgren
    December 2, 2013 at 18:05 · Reply

    fantastic, expressive pics

  220. Martin
    December 2, 2013 at 18:31 · Reply

    Good to see Finland hasn’t changed since I was there. For a culture that invented the Kalevela, the Sauna, the Kantele and about a thousand varieties of Ryvita this is all pretty normal and should be encouraged. What’s wrong with whimsical anyway ?

  221. heather
    December 2, 2013 at 18:44 · Reply

    Wish I were Finn, or lived there. HEre is the usa we have lost almost everything beautiful and meaningful. I try to live as one with nature as much as possible but people don’t understand and they pre-judge way too much. Wouldn’t it be nice to have these lovely photos all over the house?

  222. Maria
    December 2, 2013 at 22:01 · Reply

    great, moving, human photos, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  223. Dawn
    December 2, 2013 at 22:19 · Reply

    Thank you this is so wonderful – those crazy Finns! Young at heart

  224. December 3, 2013 at 01:43 · Reply

    I am also very old–81–and the child of Finnish immigrant parents. Unlike many such immigrants who would never talk to their children about their ancestry or their experiences in growing up in Finland, my parents seemed almost compulsive in telling us. I am grateful for this. But they never mentioned anything about the custom of putting fragments of nature on one’s head. I’d love it if something could provide cultural background on this. Perhaps it was regional? My parents were both from southwestern Finland–Rauma, Forssa.

    • December 14, 2013 at 23:49 · Reply

      That´s because it´s not a thing we Finns do. This is simply ART. Nothing else.

  225. Marlys
    December 3, 2013 at 01:52 · Reply

    And that’s why I married a Finn!

  226. December 3, 2013 at 03:10 · Reply

    Absolutely brilliant. I would LOVE to be photographed by this person…especially with my Mama.

  227. Jan
    December 3, 2013 at 07:10 · Reply

    Fascinating, as someone else said every time you look you see other aspects and gain another impression of the scene and the person.

  228. Ducky
    December 3, 2013 at 11:05 · Reply

    Very cool!

  229. Θεόδωρος
    December 3, 2013 at 21:42 · Reply

    אנשים טבע ! יפים באמת!

  230. catherine
    December 3, 2013 at 23:50 · Reply

    Gorgeous. I love it. You made my day.

  231. christine
    December 4, 2013 at 07:42 · Reply

    I’m reading a book about O’Keefe, Kahlo, and Carr ( Canadian) and their connection to nature, indiginous people and artistic representation of their cultures. These images remind me of a personification of the environment and the co-existance between the earth and mankind. I fear this sense of separation in the world of technology and an urgend need for us baby-boomers to keep the connection alive,

  232. Tom Edgar
    December 4, 2013 at 09:12 · Reply

    I’ve often wondered about the family I gave coffee and Finnmarks to when sailing away on a British Tanker from HelsinkI back in the forties when the Russians were still there. Not being able to pronounce T they called me Chom

    My impressions of the Finns then had not one unfavourable note. Could have willingly lived there except for the weather. Now in my late eighties this little item reawakened fond memories.

    If you had to live in a freezing cold climate with over half the year in the dark I reckon you’d do something a little light hearted too. Tom Edfgar

  233. avi gold
    December 4, 2013 at 12:16 · Reply

    what a wonderful start to my day! thank you

  234. Laura
    December 4, 2013 at 20:40 · Reply

    Increíble

  235. December 4, 2013 at 21:26 · Reply

    Fantastic, something I see as serious-joy-creativity. Beautiful, fun… You hae to do something to counter the long dark winter there – seems like they and their photographer accomplished just that. Heart warming connection to our earth.

  236. Rodney Merrill
    December 5, 2013 at 02:20 · Reply

    Some of these things are clearly not on their heads.

  237. anne freeman
    December 5, 2013 at 14:59 · Reply

    These are the most brilliant photos i’ve ever seen! Thank you! So funny, strange, beautiful, disturbing…

  238. December 5, 2013 at 23:54 · Reply

    next spring, rhubarb headwear for this Finn!

  239. Seija
    December 6, 2013 at 20:45 · Reply

    Really beautiful, intriguing figures. What a pity I never met anyone like them…being a Finn myself. Must start thinking of a head set for me :)

  240. Karen
    December 6, 2013 at 22:45 · Reply

    They don’t seem to be enjoying the experience. Sorry. I just don’t understand this ??

  241. Notja
    December 7, 2013 at 02:14 · Reply

    I love it!

  242. Dan
    December 7, 2013 at 10:20 · Reply

    These remind me how good a shower feels after being covered with nature.

  243. Irene
    December 7, 2013 at 19:32 · Reply

    Fascinating and amazing for the artistry demonstrated in these creations and the photos capturing them! I have to say though that the title of this series is a mismatch and very misleading in terms of the impact on the viewer, this viewer at least. It sets a person up to expect something silly, frivolous and even agist. Images are powerful but so are words!

  244. Lael Grahn
    December 9, 2013 at 00:36 · Reply

    Wonderful!

  245. December 9, 2013 at 10:17 · Reply

    I am Finn and I love these photos: our soul landscape. Olen suomalainen ja rakastan nãitã kuvia: meidän sielunmaisemia. Nobody knows where we are coming from. We are strangers in the world. … Very strange people.

  246. Nonny mills
    December 9, 2013 at 13:10 · Reply

    You have a lot of followers!! Do you remember the leaf dress Ivy And I made for one of the Barby dolls? Pictures great fill of wonder I.ll show threw to Ca family Thanks nonny

  247. ethel teitelbaum
    December 9, 2013 at 20:39 · Reply

    Moving! Beautiful. Thank you so much, Lara Sanchez. More? Eti in Toronto, Canada

  248. ethel teitelbaum
    December 9, 2013 at 20:44 · Reply

    Sorry, I believe I made an error. It’s not just Lara Sanchez but all the other photographers I want to thank profusely as well. eti in Toronto, Canada

  249. Stan Palmer
    December 10, 2013 at 17:28 · Reply

    Finns love saunas, Finns love nature, Finns love design (Wirkkala)

    Finns are OK.

  250. Eric
    December 11, 2013 at 23:43 · Reply

    As a Finn, I feel I am looking into the gene pool! Great photos! Eric

  251. Mary
    December 13, 2013 at 00:40 · Reply

    Superior! I love it when we pay attention to ourselves

  252. December 13, 2013 at 05:01 · Reply

    Wonderfully strange. Thank you!

  253. December 13, 2013 at 13:32 · Reply

    Finnland: Come for the architecture, stay to make the elderly look like stupid assholes.

  254. Ty Boy
    December 13, 2013 at 17:29 · Reply

    Is it weird that I’m aroused?

  255. December 13, 2013 at 22:20 · Reply

    Empathetic people and nature……..beautiful.

  256. Hazif
    December 14, 2013 at 02:33 · Reply

    I enjoyed looking at these photographs.

    p.s. Pamela Holat doesn’t know how to recognise a smile.

  257. December 14, 2013 at 16:23 · Reply

    BRILLIANT!!! Thank you sooo much for these beautiful images!

  258. Lorraine Adams
    December 15, 2013 at 02:00 · Reply

    As two 80 year olds, my husband and I are proud to be Finnish ( he’s sorry he’s only half) (the smart,numerous half!)! Finns seem to often have a dry sly sense of humor, at least the ones we know. I see see my. Father dressed in ivy with less hair than when I saw him last. This experience made my day, month and maybe my year!

  259. Sanelma Sutton
    December 15, 2013 at 18:05 · Reply

    Fabulous Art! I am amazed at the number of people who didn’t get it. I’m 76 and didn’t see any “old” people in the photos! Kiitos! Sanelma (51% Finn)

  260. Lis More
    December 16, 2013 at 14:52 · Reply

    I’m definitely going to make me a rhubarb hat next spring!! Love it!!

  261. Sean Baylis The Third
    December 17, 2013 at 04:06 · Reply

    If this is Art. then art is not for me . you silly silly people..

  262. December 17, 2013 at 23:43 · Reply

    these are fantastic photos, it will be interesting to see if we could do the same in our country. they would make a great calendar. it would be very good fun too to see what the british fields and woods would give. I love the bog fluff flowers

  263. December 20, 2013 at 01:34 · Reply

    I know what I’m doing when we cut the muscadine vines!

  264. Molly
    December 21, 2013 at 21:47 · Reply

    am desperate to know if this is a tradition or something done particularly to create the photos.

    • pilvikki
      December 25, 2013 at 02:06 · Reply

      it’s a photoshoot, molly! pretty cool one though. :)

  265. Mrs Minna
    December 30, 2013 at 11:55 · Reply

    As a Finn I see a deep multi expressive message here…. people who have integrity can also make fun of themselves, still with a lot of deep thoughts and message beneath it all.. Telling funny things with a serious face is even a popular way of humor and testing the others intelligence in Finland..

    The first photo is most expressive of the life by the sea..people being shaped by the nature and ..finding a deep feeling of belonging to the nature as a natural part of life…that we can find in the older generation, but loosing it with the younger ones… For a Finn these photos open up a wide spectra of cultural dimensions and touch hearths deeply…those who know the history of Finland can also relate to the experiences of the model’s lifetime…looking at these bring up many memories, stories…deep poetry in deed…:) The beauty is in the eyes of the one who’s looking..say the old one in Finland, too.

  266. Kaarinan Turvapaikka
    December 30, 2013 at 12:49 · Reply

    Subsidised tomfoolery is not sufficient, of itself, to constitute great art. Glad people get a buzz out of it but….

  267. Roland
    January 2, 2014 at 10:50 · Reply

    Very interesting project ;-)

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  269. tove
    January 6, 2014 at 06:58 · Reply

    Beautiful

  270. January 9, 2014 at 05:08 · Reply

    I love them all- especially the rhubarb hat!

  271. sandra reid
    January 14, 2014 at 00:40 · Reply

    Sandra…Looked just like me…sitting with tussock on head

  272. Anne
    January 19, 2014 at 04:26 · Reply

    I have always been drawn to headwear, our fascination with crowns, head adornments halos, etc, I have in the past made “hats” out of organic material, I kept my Fairy godmother “hat” sculpture mounted in my living room.

  273. Frida
    February 5, 2014 at 18:25 · Reply

    Fantastic!

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  275. Carol
    March 30, 2014 at 18:27 · Reply

    I am late getting to see this, I notice, but I must express my admiration for the Man with Moss, Man with Sea Weed & Lady with Rhubarb. My favorite, however, has to be the Nude Person with Water Lilies. Just great, Finland is on my list of places to visit. Soon.

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