29 October 2011

more darkrooming.

there is nothing better than spending the whole saturday in the darkroom with Jacopo. I have printed some portraits we took with my Mamiya rb67. he had successfully modified the film back to shoot full frame: the result are some wonderfully squared photographs.
• delta 400 ilford - enjoy:
✻ I did not want to polish the dust away from my scanner: I like the effect it makes on my images.
I adore high contrast in black & white photographs - therefore I am in need of a new set of filters for my enlarger - as my current ones are really worn out.
P.S. Jacopo took 3 portraits of me: I cannot decide which one I like the most. which one do you prefer?

26 October 2011


after more than one year in Helsinki - I have eventually managed to collect my darkroom equipment from Italy and place it in my studio in Otaniemi. today I have been developing and printing for many hours - but time goes by so fast when I am in the darkroom. I do not have anything special to share for now - but some prints from a roll I have taken a couple of weeks ago.
delta 3200 ilford - from my first day back in the darkroom:
✻ taken inside a toy shop.
✻ everyone enjoys HATTARA at the amusement park.
✻ a portrait that Jacopo asked me to take of him.
today I had to check the status of the remaining paper I had from Milano - now that the old paper is all gone I can get new one and print more and more.
I am so happy me and my darkroom are back together - let's celebrate!

24 October 2011

metsän eläimet pelikortit.

this evening at the local grocery store I have spotted a precious thing - Jacopo was so sweet to buy it for me.
metsän eläimet pelikortit - the cards game of the animals of the forest!
✻ this beautiful box contains 25 different animal cards and the rules of the game.
✻ I have chosen to share a card for each of the six groups: it was a hard decision - as I think that every single card looks very pretty.
✻ the 25th special card and the back of the box - which displays other cards games.
I cannot wait to play with my metsän eläimet pelikortit! it will be a good way to review my finnish - even though I would say it is not that bad when it comes down to animal names.
P.S.Jacopo is back from Paris: besides gifting me with this finnish cards game earlier on - he came home with some tasty french cheese and a carillon playing "la vie en rose".

20 October 2011

profile pictures.

I was browsing my profile pictures album on facebook: I couldn't help but noticing how each of the 28 images in it reminded me of a particular moment - the reason why I had uploaded it. I have deleted many profile pictures - but these 28 are still up and I would like to tell their stories. from the oldest to the newest:
15th december 2009
✻ my favourite photograph between my old photos collection - I have found it in Stockholm.
23rd january 2010
the header of my blog - from an old book about birds I was given as a birthday gift.
8th february 2010
✻ a photograph of me as a child - I suppose it was taken around 1991.
14th february 2010
Pikku Myy - my favourite Moomin character from an old book which belongs to Jacopo.
15th may 2010
✻ a beautiful picture of my Nonna Ebe - I have found it in her old house.
30th may 2010
✻ with my bunny Timo in my family's garden - one of the first PX 100 that me and Jacopo have taken.
10th june 2010
autographs of Jónsi and Alex on my grandma's piece of paper - from Jónsi's concert in Milano.
19th august 2010
✻ at the mökki - from our first shots of PX 70.
21st august 2010
✻ in Korkeasaari zoo - a legendary fuji fp-100C taken by Jacopo.
23rd september 2010
✻ another fuji fp-100C in Suomenlinna - I had just bought those colourful leggings.
2nd december 2010
✻ from a 35mm roll taken in Rastila - when the first snow fell over Helsinki last winter.
8th december 2010
✻ a print of a fuji fp-100C negative - from our winter in Oulu.
3rd february 2011
✻ outside Villa Ullas cafè - when Jacopo flew back to Helsinki with my mamiya.
7th february 2011
✻ once again outside Villa Ullas when the temperature started going above 0°C - taken with a polaroid 669 sepia.
16th february 2011
✻ from a 35mm roll with beautiful Tove - just about at the time we have adopted her.
5th march 2011
✻ when me and Jacopo have found an old pack of polaroids 600 in Vuosaari - I was sitting on a winter game-thing for kids.
8th march 2011
✻ an old photograph of my grandma with her bike and her house on the background - I always miss her.
17th march 2011
✻ a polaroid 660 silver shade - I am wearing one of my favourite second hand pullovers.
22nd april 2011
a polaroid 669 blue shade of Jacopo and I - on our car trip to Oulu.
25th april 2011
✻ a photograph of me that everyone has liked so much - by Jacopo.
22nd may 2011
✻ on Harakka Island - wearing the mask of the Baltic Sea Monster.
24th may 2011
✻ a fuji fp-100C to celebrate my new camera - my Vermeer pinhole.
5th june 2011
✻ when we moved to our apartment in Kruununhaka - first PX 680.
8th june 2011
✻ in the botanical garden - when the summer was in bloom.
29th july 2011
✻ in Kyllikki's beautiful garden - with my favourite summer hat.
3rd september 2011
✻ the prettiest feather I have found - when a sparrow flew into our window.
28th september 2011
taken by my dear Kasia during our trip to the forest - fuji pro H film roll.
16th october 2011
✻ taken by Jacopo - a portrait of me that will be featured on polkadot magazine. more about it soon!
I wonder how many of these images will still be in my profile pictures album this time next year - but now they are here to stay on Passer Domesticus.

19 October 2011

relief 3.

my own dear piece of cloth - part 3.
✻ side A day 2.
✻ side A day 3.
✻ side B day 2.
✻ side B day 3.
I am still documenting the changes on the piece of cloth I use during my woodcut relief printing class - documenting the effects of time and usage on things is becoming more and more interesting to me.
I have decided to scan also a piece of sandpaper - after I have been scrubbing my wood plate with it.
• more scanned surfaces to come soon.