May
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Old Finnish People With Things On Their Heads

posted on May 7th 2013 in Photography with 314 Comments

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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.

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  • martha m moore

    commented on November 18, 2013 at 06:20

    completely wonderful.xoxo

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    • Kit

      commented on December 6, 2013 at 22:32

      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 !

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  • LInda

    commented on November 21, 2013 at 05:45

    such beautiful faces

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  • Jyoti Wind

    commented on November 22, 2013 at 00:07

    How beautiful…nature and aging merging together…

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  • Caoimhe

    commented on November 22, 2013 at 03:06

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

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  • Shaman Hotep

    commented on November 22, 2013 at 20:55

    Marvelous!

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  • Eve L

    commented on November 22, 2013 at 21:50

    I absolutely LOVE these!

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  • sherry Rocha

    commented on November 22, 2013 at 22:00

    I love these photos!

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  • Dale

    commented on November 22, 2013 at 22:38

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

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  • Bo

    commented on November 23, 2013 at 00:11

    Amazing photos! True ART

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  • the_badger_of_chaos

    commented on November 23, 2013 at 01:48

    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.

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    • Diane

      commented on November 28, 2013 at 00:59

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

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  • Jim Frye

    commented on November 23, 2013 at 03:17

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

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  • J

    commented on November 23, 2013 at 05:21

    Fantastic!

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  • Kristina

    commented on November 23, 2013 at 05:22

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

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    • marjaana

      commented on December 1, 2013 at 14:18

      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!

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      • Donna White

        commented on December 1, 2013 at 22:19

        I like what you wrote.

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    • RAILI STENSETH

      commented on January 18, 2014 at 20:26

      OLEN AIVAN SAMAA MIELTÄ !

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  • Elena

    commented on November 23, 2013 at 07:32

    Fantastico!

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  • Aleksandra

    commented on November 23, 2013 at 09:28

    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.

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  • Iain Anderson

    commented on November 23, 2013 at 10:31

    beautiful, wonderous , and imaginative

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  • Fabio

    commented on November 23, 2013 at 11:34

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

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  • Lloyd Kivinen

    commented on November 23, 2013 at 21:59

    Excellent! Most Finns are very close to nature!

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  • Theo Tukker

    commented on November 23, 2013 at 22:51

    plus Great !

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  • Melanie Fisher

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 00:03

    Great fun, original & beautiful.

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  • Bogdan

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 00:24

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

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  • leo

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 00:40

    these photos set me back on me heals

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  • Colleen

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 02:20

    Totally, totally awesome art! Perfect subjects as well.

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  • marilyn F

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 03:20

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

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  • Florence

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 04:02

    Amazingly breathtaking

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  • Florence

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 04:03

    Nature and aging breathtakingly beautiful

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  • Florence

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 04:05

    Aging and nature amazing and breathtaking!

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  • michelle wagener

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 06:45

    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

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  • Sharon

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 07:23

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

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  • Tracey G

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 08:05

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

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  • bill

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 10:09

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

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    • IvyR

      commented on November 29, 2013 at 15:13

      Staged.

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      • pilvikki

        commented on January 20, 2014 at 13:52

        obviously!

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    • Ozark

      commented on December 1, 2013 at 05:34

      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..

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      • pilvikki

        commented on January 20, 2014 at 13:52

        saapaita, mukeja, puskia… :)

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  • Sonja

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 11:35

    Beautiful!

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  • Riitta

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 12:11

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

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  • Robin Harris Rickard

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 12:15

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

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  • JIM

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 12:33

    I hope this doesn’t carry over in my house

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  • laura

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 13:38

    Brilliant and loving and free

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  • kendra

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 13:39

    the power and diversity of imagination survives! Stunning!

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  • Parisi Muriel

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 14:38

    Magnifique

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  • P

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 14:48

    Patronizing.

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    • Annie

      commented on November 29, 2013 at 03:13

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

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      • A

        commented on November 30, 2013 at 17:33

        Also Patronizing

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    • Bob

      commented on December 1, 2013 at 07:57

      I agree, very patronizing

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      • pilvikki

        commented on January 20, 2014 at 13:54

        laugh a minute you guys…

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  • Linda

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 15:00

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

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    • P J Grant

      commented on November 27, 2013 at 09:40

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

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      • Annie

        commented on November 29, 2013 at 03:15

        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

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  • frances

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 15:08

    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. :)

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  • john ketola

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 15:25

    how soumi you!

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  • ewelina

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 15:39

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

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  • cynthia

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 16:29

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

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  • Rita Randazzo

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 16:33

    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.

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  • Joe Randazzo

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 16:38

    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.

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    • Margaret

      commented on November 30, 2013 at 16:43

      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.

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    • A

      commented on November 30, 2013 at 17:38

      Couldn’t have said it better.

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    • susan

      commented on December 2, 2013 at 00:26

      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.

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      • Tamara

        commented on March 10, 2014 at 14:10

        Well said!

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  • eva

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 17:02

    Espectacular

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    • Jen Conk

      commented on November 27, 2013 at 09:31

      yes, Espectacular!!!

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  • Colleen

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 17:09

    Love it! Kooky, but cute:)

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  • Jori

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 17:26

    These are simply SPECTACULAR !!!!

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  • cynthia rucryst

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 17:31

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

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  • cynthia rucryst

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 17:32

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

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  • susan huber

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 17:55

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

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  • Vinz

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 18:41

    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…

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  • Suzi Gunn

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 18:56

    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.

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  • Jon Priddy

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 19:09

    Barking :-)

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  • salmo

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 19:23

    I wonder if this is grounding ourselves to nature?

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  • salmo

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 19:24

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

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  • Peg Aloi

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 19:29

    Brilliant!

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  • Betty

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 19:35

    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.

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    • Raven Dane

      commented on November 27, 2013 at 23:36

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

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      • A

        commented on November 30, 2013 at 17:56

        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?

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    • marjaana

      commented on December 1, 2013 at 14:26

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

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  • karen hawkins

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 20:50

    interesting and lovely

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  • Div Manula

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 21:16

    I think I know most of those folks!

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  • Julie Blackburn

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 21:18

    Marvelous!

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  • Tonya

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 22:21

    I love these!!

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  • Mary Ellen

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 22:24

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

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  • laamanen

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 22:26

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

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    • lauren

      commented on November 27, 2013 at 20:04

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

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  • laura Cerwinske

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 22:38

    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.

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  • Genevieve

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 22:47

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

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    • Anny Schomburg

      commented on November 27, 2013 at 16:36

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

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  • PeggyAnn Duckless

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 22:52

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

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    • IvyR

      commented on November 29, 2013 at 15:16

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

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  • Beryl Flynn

    commented on November 24, 2013 at 23:15

    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.

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  • Bob Hewitt

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 00:05

    Naturally good people

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  • Rosemary C. Gray

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 00:27

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

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  • Lorrie Jackson Kasperek

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 01:26

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

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  • Pattie

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 01:34

    Awesome; but why? Hunting, protection…?

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    • Rebecka

      commented on December 14, 2013 at 23:42

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

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      • pilvikki

        commented on January 20, 2014 at 13:58

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

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  • Margaret Mikkelborg

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 01:36

    Wow! These are absolutely spectacular!! Must share.

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  • Tabitha St Germain

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 01:44

    Just beautiful.

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  • Roy Laitinen

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 02:08

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

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  • alicia Otis

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 02:11

    Fabulous…

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  • Bruce Ling

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 02:18

    Beautiful!
    As a Swede I can totally relate.

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  • Badia

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 02:19

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

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  • Michelle

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 02:38

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

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  • Karen Zacharias (@karenzach)

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 02:54

    Love the whimsy.

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  • Anita Olkkola

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 03:02

    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!

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  • Maya

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 03:15

    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.

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    • Jen Conk

      commented on November 27, 2013 at 09:32

      yes indeed, very beautiful, haunting and holy

      thank you!

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  • Christi Norquist

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 03:33

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

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  • Lesa Hepburn

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 04:30

    Fresh & revealing.

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  • Suzanne

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 05:38

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

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  • Dic

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 06:18

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

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  • Tim

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 06:40

    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.

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  • Debra Kolkka

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 07:29

    Love the twigs!

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  • Diana

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 08:11

    Wonderful!!

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  • Sophie

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 08:53

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

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  • Szabó Enikô

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 09:40

    Végre valami ami mond valamit…..

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  • neda

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 09:56

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

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  • ricco

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 11:55

    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 :)

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  • George

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 11:58

    cool.

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  • John

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 12:47

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

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  • Aafke Hoogterp

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 12:51

    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.

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  • Ulla Meyer

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 13:17

    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.

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  • Rita

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 13:30

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

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  • catherine meyers

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 13:50

    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!!!

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  • Lucky

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 15:22

    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.

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  • Minka Paraskevova

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 19:02

    Beauty and nature in harmony…. love it!

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  • Lila Crosby

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 19:09

    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.

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  • alyson

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 19:44

    organically beautiful photographs, would love to be a model

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  • Karen

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 20:17

    These photos are absolutely beautiful and inspiring!

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  • Alberto Ruiz Ojembarrena

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 20:30

    Precioso trabajo Lara

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  • nicolette Smilde

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 20:53

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

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  • tammy

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 20:59

    I just LOVE this.

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  • Giorgio

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 21:00

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

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  • nicolette Smilde

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 21:18

    thank you! love this so much.

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  • Elena Mirona Ciocirlie

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 21:21

    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!!!!

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  • Tiina

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 21:59

    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.

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  • Gersande

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 21:59

    Excellent!

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  • Faith

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 22:03

    Brilliant!!!

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  • Gavi Mensch

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 22:04

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

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  • T.J.

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 22:56

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

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  • Sharon

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 23:06

    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.

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  • baltasar

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 23:22

    Espléndidos! Brillantes! Evocadores!.
    Gracias!!

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  • Bill Brouard

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 00:13

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

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  • Sarah

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 01:25

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

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  • Megan

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 03:31

    I will have to move there when I get old.

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  • Sami

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 03:34

    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

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  • Hummah

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 03:59

    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.

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  • Stede

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 04:46

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

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  • Esta

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 05:05

    wonderful! thanks

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  • Marnie

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 06:38

    Kiitos

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

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  • phonsok

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 06:58

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

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  • Ann Wille-Jørgensen

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 10:35

    Very inspirational, loved all of them!

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  • Ann Wille-Jørgensen

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 10:35

    Incredibly inspirational – loved all of t hem

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  • Micha

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 11:40

    Wunderbar! Vielen Dank für die Inspiration! ;-)

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  • Marian Hertzog

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 11:45

    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.

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  • Per spildra borg

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 12:49

    i love the Finland people.

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  • Emilie Neeraas

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 14:58

    Fab!!

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  • Doris

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 15:04

    Beautiful and very creative.

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  • Martin

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 18:22

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

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  • Edie

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 18:45

    More, please.

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  • Pamela Holat

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 20:20

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

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  • Inge Ås

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 20:54

    Nydelig!

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  • Helle G. Skytte

    commented on November 26, 2013 at 21:53

    Very special and quite beautiful :-)

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  • Joceline Chabot

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 01:31

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

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  • Heidi

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 01:33

    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!

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  • Gwendolyn Gallagher

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 02:04

    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.

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  • Lissa

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 02:45

    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!!

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  • Alejandro Turrillo

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 08:55

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

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  • P J Grant

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 09:30

    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” ?

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  • kai

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 09:30

    Beautiful!!!!

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  • Jaana

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 09:46

    Just wonderful!! I love it!

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  • P J Grant

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 09:49

    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. :-)

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  • Maya

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 12:20

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

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  • Marc April

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 13:27

    Wonderful! Great and insipiring photographs and people!

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  • charles shepard

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 17:07

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

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  • Laura Aro

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 18:11

    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).

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    • helen goodwin

      commented on November 28, 2013 at 12:41

      …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!!

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  • Laura Aro

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 18:16

    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/

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  • Mario Keglevic

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 19:10

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

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  • Marianne

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 20:08

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

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  • Diana

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 20:23

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

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  • S

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 20:34

    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!

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  • Greta Brown

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 21:04

    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!

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    • Nancy Lexson-Title

      commented on December 1, 2013 at 18:22

      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.

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  • Carol Moilanen Nalepka

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 21:30

    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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  • helen goodwin

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 22:08

    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

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  • LeAnn Kaattari

    commented on November 27, 2013 at 22:34

    Yes, these are my people.

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  • Merisa McCollum

    commented on November 28, 2013 at 01:43

    Love this!

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  • Jenelle Anderson

    commented on November 28, 2013 at 06:49

    I love what LeAnn Kaattari said!

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  • paul southcott

    commented on November 28, 2013 at 08:14

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

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  • Friederike

    commented on November 28, 2013 at 10:12

    Amazing! I love it!

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  • Roxane Bay

    commented on November 28, 2013 at 13:24

    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.

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  • Jenni Tree

    commented on November 28, 2013 at 14:19

    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!

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  • gisela

    commented on November 28, 2013 at 15:21

    I love it!!!!

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  • An Elder

    commented on November 28, 2013 at 16:20

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

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  • Gwen

    commented on November 28, 2013 at 16:58

    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.

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  • Debby S.

    commented on November 28, 2013 at 17:30

    Now that’s Art!

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  • Marie

    commented on November 28, 2013 at 17:40

    I simply adored these pictures. thank you.

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  • Mirja Holmboe

    commented on November 28, 2013 at 20:24

    lovely

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  • susan

    commented on November 28, 2013 at 22:23

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

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  • Keren

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 04:18

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

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    • Marlys

      commented on December 3, 2013 at 02:05

      sign me up too!

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  • Peter

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 05:59

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

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  • David

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 07:56

    Double plus good !

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  • edwin m. luis

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 09:11

    amazing!

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  • Marie

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 09:17

    Fantastic! I love them!

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  • Tanja

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 11:52

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

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  • petya

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 12:14

    How beautiful they are :) :) ^_^

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  • Robert Robertson

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 13:40

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

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  • Jenni Stevens

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 14:31

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

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  • Alberta

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 14:59

    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.

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  • Theodoros Papantoniou

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 15:00

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

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  • jenny

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 16:04

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

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  • Cees Slob

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 16:33

    Meet the inner god in the other human.

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  • Ben Cazzola

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 16:45

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

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  • Lea

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 17:23

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

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    • Rebecka

      commented on December 14, 2013 at 23:52

      I saw it too :)

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  • Dude

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 18:05

    I thought it was hilarious.

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  • Ellen Boelens

    commented on November 29, 2013 at 21:28

    These are my people!

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  • Iona

    commented on November 30, 2013 at 00:24

    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.

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  • M Patricia Young

    commented on November 30, 2013 at 00:38

    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?

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  • Kathryn Aebig

    commented on November 30, 2013 at 03:28

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

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  • JIgna

    commented on November 30, 2013 at 07:06

    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.

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  • April Hircko

    commented on November 30, 2013 at 08:08

    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.

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  • eleonora

    commented on November 30, 2013 at 08:35

    Human is part of the nature.

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  • Pirkko Ouikarinen

    commented on November 30, 2013 at 16:43

    Kauniita ! Muy bonitos !

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  • Jane

    commented on November 30, 2013 at 16:48

    Brilliant, really random but great and good photos too

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  • Suey

    commented on November 30, 2013 at 18:03

    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?

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  • Jeremy

    commented on November 30, 2013 at 21:53

    But what happens when they show up at WalMart?

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  • bbee

    commented on December 1, 2013 at 01:16

    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.

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  • Rose Lowery

    commented on December 1, 2013 at 01:19

    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

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  • Julian velasquez

    commented on December 1, 2013 at 02:49

    es muy hermoso..

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  • Ralph

    commented on December 1, 2013 at 14:14

    Oikein hvää ja kaunis!

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  • Rebecca

    commented on December 1, 2013 at 15:03

    Love!

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  • Denise Spillane

    commented on December 1, 2013 at 15:20

    Amazing and beautiful

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  • Sonia

    commented on December 1, 2013 at 20:20

    beautiful

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  • Patricia Kidd

    commented on December 1, 2013 at 21:11

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

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  • Hilary

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 00:23

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

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

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  • Nola Taylor

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 00:32

    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.

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  • Nola Taylor

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 00:38

    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.

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  • Shannon Forbes

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 02:09

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

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  • Rex

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 04:01

    fantastic, expressive pics!

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  • Christopher Fleming

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 05:17

    Beautiful

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  • Alan C.Taylor

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 11:34

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

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  • Neuza

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 15:56

    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.

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  • Xenia

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 17:14

    Great project! Love it!

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  • Christina Ahldin Almgren

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 18:05

    fantastic, expressive pics

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  • Martin

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 18:31

    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 ?

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  • heather

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 18:44

    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?

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  • Maria

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 22:01

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

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  • Dawn

    commented on December 2, 2013 at 22:19

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

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  • Miriam Eldridge

    commented on December 3, 2013 at 01:43

    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.

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    • Rebecka

      commented on December 14, 2013 at 23:49

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

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  • Marlys

    commented on December 3, 2013 at 01:52

    And that’s why I married a Finn!

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  • lisa

    commented on December 3, 2013 at 03:10

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

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  • Jan

    commented on December 3, 2013 at 07:10

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

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  • Ducky

    commented on December 3, 2013 at 11:05

    Very cool!

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  • Θεόδωρος

    commented on December 3, 2013 at 21:42

    אנשים טבע ! יפים באמת!

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  • catherine

    commented on December 3, 2013 at 23:50

    Gorgeous. I love it. You made my day.

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  • christine

    commented on December 4, 2013 at 07:42

    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,

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  • Tom Edgar

    commented on December 4, 2013 at 09:12

    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

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  • avi gold

    commented on December 4, 2013 at 12:16

    what a wonderful start to my day! thank you

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  • Laura

    commented on December 4, 2013 at 20:40

    Increíble

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  • William B

    commented on December 4, 2013 at 21:26

    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.

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  • Rodney Merrill

    commented on December 5, 2013 at 02:20

    Some of these things are clearly not on their heads.

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  • anne freeman

    commented on December 5, 2013 at 14:59

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

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  • haapysox

    commented on December 5, 2013 at 23:54

    next spring, rhubarb headwear for this Finn!

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  • Seija

    commented on December 6, 2013 at 20:45

    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 :)

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  • Karen

    commented on December 6, 2013 at 22:45

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

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  • Notja

    commented on December 7, 2013 at 02:14

    I love it!

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  • Dan

    commented on December 7, 2013 at 10:20

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

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  • Irene

    commented on December 7, 2013 at 19:32

    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!

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  • Lael Grahn

    commented on December 9, 2013 at 00:36

    Wonderful!

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  • Anne Margareta Lindell

    commented on December 9, 2013 at 10:17

    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.

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  • Nonny mills

    commented on December 9, 2013 at 13:10

    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

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  • ethel teitelbaum

    commented on December 9, 2013 at 20:39

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

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  • ethel teitelbaum

    commented on December 9, 2013 at 20:44

    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

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  • Stan Palmer

    commented on December 10, 2013 at 17:28

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

    Finns are OK.

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  • Eric

    commented on December 11, 2013 at 23:43

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

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  • Mary

    commented on December 13, 2013 at 00:40

    Superior! I love it when we pay attention to ourselves

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  • Brandel

    commented on December 13, 2013 at 05:01

    Wonderfully strange. Thank you!

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  • Ian Anderson

    commented on December 13, 2013 at 13:32

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

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  • Ty Boy

    commented on December 13, 2013 at 17:29

    Is it weird that I’m aroused?

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  • darlingsapphire

    commented on December 13, 2013 at 22:20

    Empathetic people and nature……..beautiful.

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  • Hazif

    commented on December 14, 2013 at 02:33

    I enjoyed looking at these photographs.

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

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  • LaloBean

    commented on December 14, 2013 at 16:23

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

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  • Lorraine Adams

    commented on December 15, 2013 at 02:00

    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!

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  • Sanelma Sutton

    commented on December 15, 2013 at 18:05

    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)

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  • Lis More

    commented on December 16, 2013 at 14:52

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

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  • Sean Baylis The Third

    commented on December 17, 2013 at 04:06

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

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  • Bridget (@wilkyba)

    commented on December 17, 2013 at 23:43

    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

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  • June Corley

    commented on December 20, 2013 at 01:34

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

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  • Molly

    commented on December 21, 2013 at 21:47

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

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    • pilvikki

      commented on December 25, 2013 at 02:06

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

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  • Mrs Minna

    commented on December 30, 2013 at 11:55

    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.

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  • Kaarinan Turvapaikka

    commented on December 30, 2013 at 12:49

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

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  • Roland

    commented on January 2, 2014 at 10:50

    Very interesting project ;-)

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    commented on January 5, 2014 at 22:11

    […] einen finnischen Jungen bzw. seinen trockenen Humor verknallt. Offensichtlich ist Humor in Finnland generationsübergreifend in Hülle und Fülle […]

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  • tove

    commented on January 6, 2014 at 06:58

    Beautiful

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  • Susan Craig

    commented on January 9, 2014 at 05:08

    I love them all- especially the rhubarb hat!

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  • sandra reid

    commented on January 14, 2014 at 00:40

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

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  • Anne

    commented on January 19, 2014 at 04:26

    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.

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  • Frida

    commented on February 5, 2014 at 18:25

    Fantastic!

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  • Carol

    commented on March 30, 2014 at 18:27

    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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  • Judy Archer

    commented on April 19, 2014 at 11:59

    What wonderful inspiration to find use for the branches I have been saving.

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  • olga

    commented on April 19, 2014 at 13:50

    These photos are absolutely AMAZING!! I want to look like this when I get old!!! I love all of them!!

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  • Luna

    commented on April 29, 2014 at 04:26

    The Museum of Modern Art in Helsinki, in Finland, didn’t find it ridiculous.
    Ridiculous is the interpretation of those who don’t grasp the meaning. It’s a conceptual piece.

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