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a moth and Nordic art


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Marja-Leena | 11/03/2013 | 16 comments
themes: Nature, Other artists, Photography, Photoworks


mirror mirror

more play with some of the printed images from the last session in my studio, now with a mirror... not sure where this is going yet but having fun with it... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/03/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Printmaking


2011 in review - 2

Continuing my review of some of this year's favourite photos from the Photoworks theme, this time from the July to December posts. July: junkyard finds 6 August: almost September September: jute October: autumnal shadow play November: hand in worship December:... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/12/2011 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Photography, Photoworks


2011 in review - 1

Inspired by other bloggers who are doing year-end reviews, usually of books they have read, I thought this year I would try one for the first time. I have chosen a month by month review of my better photos... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/12/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Photography, Photoworks


the beauty of pollination

A friend sent me the link to this exquisitely beautiful time lapse video. At the end I learned that it comes from a TED talks presentation by filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg: Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/11/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Environment, Films, Other artists, Photography


hand in worship


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Marja-Leena | 04/11/2011 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Human, Nature, Photography, Photoworks


my architect cousin

Seppo Mykrä has designed projects such as the Hotel Oscar expansion shown in the background, where hands were even wrung. captured from Warkauden Lehti Very occasionally I browse the online newspaper from Varkaus, Finland, the city where I was... [Continue Reading...]

on a beach

a quintessential scene of summer made black and white becomes somehow both timeless and historical looking, like something found in old family albums reminding me also of these images... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/08/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photography



We are having the dog days of summer here... at last, for those who like the heat, which I don't, but just in time for our "English" daughter and granddaughters to get in some quality beach time. They will... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/08/2011 | 15 comments
themes: Home, Photography


revisiting macro photowork

I fell in love with macro photography about a year and a half ago, going through a long learning process and taking lots of photos for many months. It's been an embarrassingly long time now since I took any... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/07/2011 | 16 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Photoworks, Textures


beach walk, Victoria (2)

More of my favourite images from our walk on Cordova Bay, on our visit back in May. Can you spot which of these show the hand of man upon nature? P.S. Happy 140th Birthday, British Columbia! No, really.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/07/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photography, Travel



To see a world in a grain of sand, or in a coffee stain... (inspired by Finnish blogger and superb photographer Taina of Vaskooli, especially this)... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/07/2011 | 5 comments
themes: Photography, Photoworks, Textures


beach walk, Victoria

I'm so glad to have my blog back after the server problems - strange how it broke my rhythm in writing. As I'm thinking of what to post, I remembered that I'd not finished describing the latter half of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/07/2011 | 14 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photography, Travel


Finnish rock art exhibition

I am delighted to have received an invitation to Ismo Luukkonen's exhibition Marked on Rock - Photographs of Prehistoric Rock Paintings at the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki. The exhibition is open June 16th to September 18th, 2011.... [Continue Reading...]

Roger Fidler exhibition

It is my pleasure to introduce friend and fellow printmaker and photographer Roger Fidler. Roger has an exhibition of his photographs, photo-etchings and photoworks opening next Sunday at the Havana Gallery. Everyone is welcome to the opening, details below:... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/04/2011 | 3 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Photography, Printmaking


Mercy Island


I am thrilled and honoured to have one of my very favourite and special-to-me photographs on the cover of Mercy Island, a collection of new and selected poetry by Ren Powell and just published by Phoenicia.

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Marja-Leena | 03/03/2011 | 22 comments
themes: Books, Meta-morphosis, Photography


street furniture


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Marja-Leena | 20/01/2011 | 10 comments
themes: Arkeo, History, Photography, Printworks


ship in the night

As I seek something warm to drink and soothe me to sleep, the lights of a ship anchored in the sea light my way to the kitchen, I hope to dream of exotic voyages to romantic southern isles but... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/10/2010 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


rare Lascaux photos

Rare, Unpublished: Lascaux Steer Photo: Ralph Morse/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Jan 01,1947 This is exciting, if you love ancient cave paintings as much as a I do. has a gallery of previously unpublished rare photos, the first... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/09/2010 | 19 comments
themes: History, Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


alone in the Sistine

In the fall of 1993, my husband and I took a very special, very memorable trip to Italy. Seeing so much of the art, architecture and archeology that I'd studied in art school was literally mind-blowing for me. We... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/04/2010 | 6 comments
themes: Culture, History, Other artists, Photography


withered petals

Feeling withered and shattered like these tulip petals, after three days of printing editions... but happy with achievement.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/04/2010 | 17 comments
themes: Nature, Photography


textures of home #2, Photoshop

            If you are a photographer and PhotoShop user like I am, you may enjoy this interesting article by David Pogue: Photoshop and Photography: When Is It Real? in the New York Times With thanks to Finnish author... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/02/2010 | 6 comments
themes: Photography, Photoworks, Textures


buds of spring

            More wonderful signs of spring during the warmest winter in 114 years here in the Vancouver area... Two of the the first-to-green-out native shrubs in the park, the red huckleberry and oemleria or Indian plum (I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/02/2010 | 5 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photography


more spring blooms

    Bewitched by a bank of golden witch hazels     Captivated by the scent of viburnum bodnantense     Delighted by the humble English lawn daisy    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/02/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photography


transitions, again

It's been some time since I've shared what I've been doing in the printmaking studio. I wrote about transitions last September, now I feel as if I'm again in that state of mind. In the fall I created and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/01/2010 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Printworks


macros: January garden

                        Thank you all for the comments and conversation on my last post about my efforts on learning macro photography. Above are the photos I took that same day outdoors in our garden using the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/01/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photography, Photoworks


on macro photography


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Marja-Leena | 17/01/2010 | 23 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photography, Photoworks


on this day

                This morning in the printmaking studio was somewhat frustrating for me. Lucy, our trusty and faithful wide-format printer was not happy. I've been trying to print a trial proof of a template image for my... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/11/2009 | 14 comments
themes: Arkeo, Being an Artist, Blogging, Photography


Devonian Fossils

        Imagine having ancient fossils in your own backyard. Henry Domke is the lucky person and has captured their variety and beauty in gorgeous photographs in his Devonian Fossils album. Do have a look, I think you will enjoy... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/04/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Other artists, Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


walk in the park

        Another glorious fall day today! A walk in the park was absolutely essential. It was amazing how many leaves were covering the paths and they were delightfully dry and rustling underfoot. So often they are soggy and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/10/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photography



            Our October days have been alternating between warm and sunny with crisp nights or cool and rainy. Today was a golden day with a clear blue sky. As I was driving home from the studio, I felt... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/10/2008 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photography


lovely links

Our Earth as Art, 3D Picasso's Guernica, International Rock-Flipping Day

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Marja-Leena | 10/08/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Blogging, Films, Nature, Neat stuff, Photography


a scan test

#1. Originally scanned at 300 dpi. #2. Originally scanned at 600 dpi. My last post on scanning certainly piqued the interest of several readers! I look forward to seeing the results of your play, everyone! Barrett tried it out... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/07/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Photography, Tools and technology


3D scanning techniques

    I love how blogging can foster some interesting conversations and connections, and sometimes give food for more blogging material. A few weeks ago, British blogger Barrett Bonden of Works Well expressed interest in the equipment I use in... [Continue Reading...]

a letter from Teju

My friend Teju Cole is the author of Every Day is for the Thief, which began life as a temporary blog, and was published in Nigeria last year. He is at work on another book, a novel about a young... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/05/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Books, Other artists, Photography


time traveller

Heidi Henderson is a time traveller and author of the blog, Archea, Musings in Natural History.

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Marja-Leena | 06/05/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Books, History, Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


trees of my year

Many of us are looking back on the past year as it's nearing its end. Photography having become more and more a passion for me, I like to look through the year's photos. They may be observations of the little... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/12/2007 | 18 comments
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC, Photography


fog and fall

The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbour and city on silent haunches and then moves on. "Fog" by Carl Sandburg... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/09/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


forest in our backyard

    About two weeks ago, I made a long overdue first visit with some of my family (who'd been there before) to the very popular, though awkwardly named Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve located in the North Shore mountains behind... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/09/2007 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Canada and BC, Photography



    Today, thinking about finding some rocks to flip for the International Rock-Flipping Day, we thought the beach might offer up some interesting possibilities. So we checked the tide tables - low tide at 4:00 pm. We headed out... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/09/2007 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Photography


evening cruise

    An invitation for visiting aunt and us! from niece and boyfriend with boat: come for a sunset boat ride!         Docked at Fisherman's Wharf by False Creek (Vancouver)         At the end of the westernmost dock, here's... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/08/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photography


experiment no.3

continuing play with materials and textures still not sure where these are going See also experiment no.1, no.2, and no.4... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/07/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Found Objects, Photography, Photoworks



    More photos from last Saturday's walk         I'm obsessed by textures, can you tell?    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/07/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Nature, Photography, Photoworks



trying out a recently purchased smaller digital camera

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Marja-Leena | 08/07/2007 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photography, Photoworks


experiment no.2


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Marja-Leena | 02/07/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, Photography, Photoworks


reflected views

        As I go about my work around the house this rainy day, I stop for quick breaks at my desk to check on messages, news and a few blogs. In a pensive moment, my eyes lifted up... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/06/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


this earth

Another one from a favourite place... If you are curious about where this photograph was taken, see the comments in the previous post.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/05/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Photoworks, Rocks


weekend walks

A mostly sunny and pleasant spring weekend tempted us out for some long walks accompanied by the camera. Here are just a few highlights...

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Marja-Leena | 15/04/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


stones or bones?

These rocks make me think of weathered old bones of some prehistoric creature.

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Marja-Leena | 12/04/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Photoworks, Rocks


first week of April

a week of hail, snow, night frost, warmth, sunshine, cloud, light rain... last Sunday afternoon's hail darling buds of magnolia freshest green bridal veil heavenly scent of blackcurrant leaves happy easter weekend to all!... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/04/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


documentation of work

One day last week, I took our SLR digital camera and tripod to the printmaking studio in order to do the photo documentation of my year's work. I'm an amateur photographer, so it's always an interesting challenge for me,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/03/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Printmaking



drenching rains
absent sun
turbid drinking water

sunny breaks
walk in the park

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Marja-Leena | 25/03/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


garden therapy

morning sunshine
a rare event
eyes blinded

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Marja-Leena | 06/03/2007 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photography


in the garden

experiments in the studio
still not working

a walk in the garden

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Marja-Leena | 13/02/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


January rain

    It's back to normal January weather in the rainforest zone. I think about how to capture rain on pixels. I try it from the indoors looking out through rain spattered windows. I acknowledge the beauty of this manifestation... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/01/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


Burtynsky interview

"People who are engaged in art are engaged in a process of thinking beyond the present moment, looking both forward and backward, reflecting on how the human story plays itself out. In a way, art is a research and development... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/01/2007 | 5 comments
themes: Other artists, Photography


sun on snow

loving the cold, crisp brightness of sunshine and snow... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/01/2007 | 5 comments
themes: Photography


rain on snow

This may be the last snow photo for a while. Oh, it's been snowing here again since noon. However rising temperatures will change it to rain soon, according to the weather forecast. Our short-lived white wonderland will be washed... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/11/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


winter rose

in my garden today

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Marja-Leena | 27/11/2006 | 15 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home, Photography


snowy Sunday

As I promised last night, here are a few of our more interesting snow photos taken this afternoon on our walk to the park and around our garden. Though there was not much snow yet, even that little bit... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/11/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home, Photography



You know how I love rocks, so you'll know why I love with this amazing photo of Victoria.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/10/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Photography


Burtynsky in Vancouver

Image on invitation: Edward Burtyntsky: Recycling No.20. Cankun Aluminum. Xaimen City, Fujian Province, China 2005. Chromagenic print, 58" x 68". Courtesy of Charles Cowles Gallery, NY. I'm really looking forward to seeing the photographic works of acclaimed Canadian photographer... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/10/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Films, Other artists, Photography


September 1st

Hey, it's September 1st already! For much of my life it has represented a beginning of a new year, as a child going to school, then as a university student. Later I went to school as a teacher for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/09/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Photography


Modern Finnish Ruins

"Abandoned buildings, derelict factories filled with incredible old machines sitting alone in the dark halls with their power turned off for good, or nearly collapsed sawmills rotting silently away in the forest, being reclaimed by nature are the best, most authentic and interactive museums of industrial archaeology and local history....

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Marja-Leena | 31/08/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, History, Photography


that tree

We've had a long love-hate relationship with this enormous tree in the front of our yard. We love its cooling shade on hot summer mornings, the privacy from neighbours across the street, and its prickly and tough character.

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Marja-Leena | 10/08/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography



Things have been quiet here in blogistan lately while we've been busy with visitors. We've had a really heartwarming reunion with friends whom we haven't seen in over 30 years. Naturally we've been showing them around our beautiful city.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/08/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photography


morning meeting

A spell of insomnia had its sweet rewards yesterday morning. As the northeast sky behind the mountains began to glow in orange and scarlet, I stepped out on the deck to breathe in the fresh calm air, listen to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/07/2006 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


Cornelia Oberlander

"PICTURING LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE" Projects of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander as seen by Etta Gerdes Elliott Louis Gallery, West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver June 6 - June 25, 2006 - Preview: June 6th & 7th Opening Reception: Thurs. June 8, 6:30 -... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/06/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Photography


Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Self-portrait, Dead Horse Point, Utah, 1997, 20" x 24" I first became acquainted with Arno Rafael Minkkinen, an internationally known Finnish-American photographer through Art Daily some months ago. His works affected me deeply, and I bookmarked it for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/03/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Other artists, Photography


Steven Dixon: Spare

Steven Dixon: Desert Structure No. 1, 2006 Digital print on Japanese paper mounted on panel The Art Gallery of Alberta, formerly the Edmonton Art Gallery, is featuring an exhibition of prints by Steven Dixon called Spare: Steven Dixon's large-scale... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/03/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Other artists, Photography


slide show: aurora borealis

Ooh, there's a truly outstanding and beautiful slide show of the Aurora Borealis at Virtual Finland (from where I've borrowed this photo)! "Finland is a leader in the study of the Aurora Borealis, the majestic display of colours that... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/02/2006 | 1 comment
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Neat stuff, Photography


winter weekend

As we've been out and about this weekend, husband and I have been trying out a new SLR digital camera that we bought for each other's February birthdays. Friday night after the opening in Tinseltown (International Village) we walked... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/02/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


photos of Finland

Niklas Sjöblom photo, February 6, 2006 I have a few longer blog posts that I have been wanting to write for some time but have been busy and then too tired to organize my thoughts and research. So, instead... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/02/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Photography



Numerous walkers, joggers, and cyclists travelled along the path and I was captivated by their tracks on the sand.

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Marja-Leena | 05/02/2006 | 12 comments
themes: Photography, Photoworks, Urban


spring reflections

I'm distracted, in a nice way, by family including a daughter visiting from out-of-town this week. It was unexpectedly sunny today so we went for a walk to check for signs of spring. Here and there the green shoots... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/01/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


Colbert's 'Ashes & Snow'

Gregory Colbert image from 'Ashes and Snow' via CTV News article Just by chance (isn't that the best way?), I came across a fascinating article about Canadian photographer Gregory Colbert, who has spent ten years getting close to wild... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/01/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Photography


Finnish ice flowers

In today's meanderings amongst some favourite Finnish bloggers, my eyes popped at the sight of some absolutely gorgeous photos of frost flowers on ikkunaiines' windows. The pictures speak for themselves without language. There are lots more on her photoblog.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/01/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Photography


Christmas stars & rain

Arctic cookie star. Photo by Bernard P. Hanby Just in time for Christmas, a Christmas Stars Gallery! There's a stunning range of starfish below the water off the West Coast of BC. Here's a sampling of photos by Bernard... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/12/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography



So far December here in southwestern British Columbia has been almost rain free. This week we've had clear crisp sunny days and frosty nights with a brilliant full moon making the frost crystals sparkle like tinsel. It looks almost... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/12/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


an installation photo

Installation photo of Silent Messengers: Connecting with D'Amico #1-5 (left to right) Well, I've spent many hours getting intimate with the digital camera and an external flash trying to get some decent installation photos of my work. As I'm... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/11/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Recent Exhibitions


Carnac megaliths

A "marking" on stone, Carnac. Photograph by Stephen Miller. Stephen Miller's dramatic photos of Megaliths in the Carnac region of France capture "a certain kind of spell over the whole area, hard to pin down, maybe like an echo... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/10/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology



Petroglyph: The Hunt - Photograph by Ray Rasmussen On my daily rounds of the blogs today, I was thrilled to discover at wood s lot a photo and link to the site of some wonderful photographs taken by several... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/10/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Borneo rock art

Stone Gallery Photograph by Carsten Peter I'm really enjoying this month's issue of the National Geographic magazine, particularly the beautiful article 'Hands Across Time, Exploring the Rock Art of Borneo', also found on NG's website. "Deep within the cliffside... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/08/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Adriel Heisey desert photos

After blogging about cuneiforms last week, I happened to go its source, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia. I noticed this announcement: "FROM ABOVE: IMAGES OF A STORIED LAND,"Adriel Heisey's Aerial Photographs of the American... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/08/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Art in Nature

Doesn't this scene look very magical and surreal, with the strange almost man-made looking sculptural forms scattered about in the landscape? Photo from the World Conservation Union (IUCN), via BBC It is the desert floor of Wadi al-Hitan, or Whale... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/07/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Culture, History, Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


a gift

This morning's mail brought me an exciting packet from London, England - from artist-blogger pal Karen D'Amico!** I was thrilled to find about a dozen wonderful 18 x 14 cm. black and white photographs of closeups of rocks that... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/07/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


Land of the Saame

Photo by Pekka Antikainen, in "Land of the Saame" As my dear readers know, I'm fascinated by the northern indigenous cultures, in particular the Saami people of northern Europe who are a branch of the Finno-Ugric family. Some time... [Continue Reading...]

Arthus-Bertrand in Helsinki

Yann Arthus-Bertrand over Helsinki - photo from Helsingin Sanomat I've been really enjoying browsing through some fantastic aerial photos by celebrated French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. He has an extensive summer exhibition, Earth From Above, in Helsinki, including a World... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/06/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Photography


yesterday morning

One of the photos I took yesterday morning - can you guess what it is? ** Compare it to these photos taken about 6 months ago on December 5th, 2004. ** Check out [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/06/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


Edward Burtynsky revisited

Edward Burtynsky: Nickel Tailings No. 32 Sudbury, Ontario 1996 About a year ago I wrote a bit about the achievements of Canadian photo-artist Edward Burtynsky (unfortunately the link to the news article has since expired). This year he has... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/05/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Other artists, Photography


Lalla Essaydi

Lalla Essaydi Converging Territories # 30, 2004 47 x 57 1/2" chromogenic print I've just been looking at and getting excited by Moroccan-born artist Lalla Essaydi's Converging Territories, a series of large-format colour portraits of women and children in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/05/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Other artists, Photography


vernal equinox

Yesterday, or today depending on where you are, marks the spring equinox. Our first day of Spring in Vancouver was stormy with high winds, rain, some hail, even snow on mountain peaks and bright moments of sunshine. The past... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/03/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography



In the late afternoon today, the sun was streaming into our office, filtered by the trees outside and plants in the window. My youngest daughter was using the inkjet printer for a school project, when I turned around to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/03/2005 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


Douglas Curran and Nyau

Douglas Curran, Ndapita ku Maliro (Nkhuku Mutsekele) I'm going to the Funeral, Lock up the Chicken (scanned from invitation) Another very interesting and very worthwhile exhibition we went to see on Sunday afternoon (yesterday) after the visit to the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/02/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Anthropology, Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Photography


orchid in bloom

"The giraffe, in their queer, inimitable, vegetative gracefulness...a family of rare, long-stemmed, speckled gigantic flowers slowly advancing." - Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), Out of Africa I had some fun with the digital camera in my indoor garden yesterday, and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/02/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


anniversary & rocks

Well, today is this blog's first anniversary and what a wonderful ride it has been. Many thanks to all you faithful readers and commentors and the still growing numbers of visitors who have been and are still making this... [Continue Reading...]

early spring

Weather is on everyone's mind these days. Not long ago I wrote about the Westcoast's unusually long spell of snow and cold, followed by extremely heavy rains that caused flooding and mudslides (including a buried house and loss of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/01/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


January blues

"But when the melancholy fit shall fall Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud, That fosters the droop-headed flowers all, And hides the green hill in an April shroud; Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose, Or on... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/01/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Photography



What a thrill to wake up to the first snowfall this winter in the Vancouver area, below the mountains that is! I went snap happy with the digital camera, knowing how fleeting this can be. Already as I'm writing... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/01/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography


Aurora Borealis

Yesterday I read on Amy's blog Ever so Humble about the current solar storms taking place (lots of great links here!). Tom Montag writes about seeing the Northern Lights in Wisconsin USA - quite far south, I thought. Now... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/11/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Folk Legends & Myths, Photography


Richard Avedon 1923-2004

Famous photographer Richard Avedon died today in Texas at the age of 81. News at Reuters, CBC and ABCNews Avedon's homepage is blacked out today Avedon Portraits at Metropolitan Museum of Art (2003)... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/10/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists, Photography


death of film

J.T. Kirkland at thinking about art wrote a review of James W. Bailey's photography exhibit "The Death of Film", showing at the Fisher Gallery in the Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Alexandria, Virginia. Bailey's work, coined "Rough Edge... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/09/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Photography


rock art photography

Wood s Lot has linked to Alain Briot's beautiful rock art portfolio. Have you seen my earlier posts on the rock art of Utah, the US Southwest, and their damage by acts of vandalism? If you looked at the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/09/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


more Spiral Jetty photos

Last week I wrote about Smithson's Spiral Jetty re-emerging and about Todd Gibson's visits there. Hope you have had a look at his series of articles and photos at From the Floor. Today he came across some photos at While... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/08/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Other artists, Photography


Phonecam photo art

This is very interesting! Pinseri (in Finnish, from the land of Nokia!) writes (my translation): "If you belong to the group always dreaming of a more expensive and superior digital camera, take an example from Henry Reichhold. He snaps... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/08/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists, Photography


Inuit Places of Power

This is a beautiful and moving site that I came across yesterday in my web research on the art of Canada's Northern people: The Canadian Museum of Civilization exhibition Places of Power, Objects of Veneration in the Canadian Arctic.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/07/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Finnish Rock Paintings

"Finnish rock paintings are an unique link to the world of the Stone Age people. The paintings are made 6000- 3000 years ago in vertical rock surfaces. The nearby lake was an important waterway, These pages introduce some of... [Continue Reading...]

Edward Burtynsky

"Toronto photographer Edward Burtynsky, who has made a specialty of capturing the terrible beauty of destruction, was declared the fourth and last winner of the Roloff Beny award at a reception last night at the Royal Ontario Museum. His... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/06/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Other artists, Photography


an artist's retreat

Last week my husband and I went to our favourite retreat on the west coast of Vancouver Island, staying in a small, rustic oceanfront cabin near Pacific Rim National Park and Tofino. It had the basic necessities of a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/04/2004 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Photography


photography and art

Coincidences posted an interesting article about "Big Prints, the Art-Making Impulse, and Time-Motion Panoramas" that has prompted me to add some comments on his blog and here. The extra large digitally printed photographs that we now see in galleries... [Continue Reading...]

Hockney on photography

Yesterday I wrote about the Death of Photography debate sparked by David Hockney. Today I came across MAeX Art Blog's entry on this same subject and the link for the Hockney interview in Guardian Unlimited. It really is an... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/03/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Photography, Tools and technology


end of photography?

Today's artdaily has a thought-provoking article called False Witness, about the somewhat controversial issue of photo manipulation, especially with today's digital cameras: "Last week David Hockney declared the end of photography in these pages: the rise and rise of... [Continue Reading...]

Miksang and the art of perception

As a newcomer to blogging, my recent explorations have been through the immense jungle of blogs on the internet. Chandrasutra's blog is one of the interesting finds in this online journey. Particularly fascinating is an item about Miksang photography... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/02/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts, Photography