10 March 2014

my first time in hanko I.

last sunday we were in the mood for a short trip and out of the blue we ended up in Hanko - a port town on the southernmost point of continental Finland. we walked along a sandy beach on the opposite side of the harbour: the weather was gray and the place felt abandoned and lonely. here is a first selection of the extremely melancholy photographs I took that day.
Hanko - part one:
Nikomat EL - Kodak 400
even though the sea was still frozen by the shore we could smell the breeze coming in from the open water and that was magnificent. I have always been drawn to the sea - perhaps because I was born and raised on the mountains. that day in Hanko I thought a lot about the book Moominpappa at Sea.
Meren ääni on oikeastaan aika mukava - Muumipappa ja meri

30 comments:

  1. I love the high contrasts in these pictures! Wonderful atmosphere in these shots...

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! I'm very thankful for the set of filters Jacopo gave me for my birthday; it's helping me a lot!

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  2. These wintery photos make me feel a little melancholic, because winter hasn't been here the last months and right now I am sitting on my balcony studying (and reading blogs). I would love to send you a little bit of spring!

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    1. I know what you mean, Ingeborg. These, however, were taken already a couple of weeks ago... lately it definitely feels more springy here too, and I'm so glad of that!

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  3. gosh, nature is such a pandora box. full of magic! i can't wait to visit Finland

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    1. Thank you, Niken! Let me know when you do, I'd like to give you some advice!

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  4. The contrast is so beautiful! Your shots are so cinematic :)

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    1. That is a beautiful thing to say, Inês! Thank you!

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  5. Hurray for day trips. Can't wait to see the rest :)

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    1. Thank you, Evelyn! I'll might post the rest later today or tomorrow... they'll be even more melancholy though!

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    2. i quote evelyn on that! love day trips, especially when they let you discover such a beautiful place

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    3. Thank you, Silvia! There are never enough day trips for me!

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    1. Dear Ally, thank you so much!

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  7. how beautiful! i guess i've never been to hanko.. even tough i'm finnish, that's terrible! it's amazing how a "tourist" can see so much in a place where an "inhabitant" doesn't find anything interesting. the same happens to me here as my friends find everything so ordinary and recently watching my pictures they notice some thing they've never drawn attention to. that's how i feel with your photographs polly!

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    1. The funny thing is that we had not really seeing anything about the actual town of Hanko, but just the seaside... I'd like to go back there in the summertime though, to see how it looks when the sun is shining and the beach is full of people.
      I totally understand your point and I agree. Thank you, Etta!

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  8. These are absolutely beautiful photographs! <3

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    1. Thank you so much, April!

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  9. oh, my… that is so so impressive Polly, those blocks of ice, I've never seen anything like that it must be something else

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    1. Thank you so much! It's a sign the ice on the sea is about to melt... cannot wait for it! Spring is not that far!

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  10. I love this serie. This place looks so beautiful !

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    1. Thank you, Birdie! It was very peaceful and lonely... I bet it must be completely different on a summer day.

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  11. I never get tired of your winter pictures ;) love the first and last one !

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad you do! The first one is my favourite!

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  12. hi Polly I found your blog through curating cuteness. Loved your photos so much.
    I have never seen frozen sea. I wonder how people living in northern hemisphere gather courage to step out in such a cold. But always dream about living in a place with four seasons.

    PS - I am glad to find you take film photos. I am trying too. :-)

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    1. Dear Pratiksha, thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment!
      This year that winter hasn't been very cold, but sometimes it is hard to go out when it is below -15 degrees celsius. I'm looking forward to spring at the moment!

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  13. I wouldn't have even imagined seeing the sea frozen before seeing these - they are stunning! wow!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rhianne! I'll tell you what, the best part of the frozen sea is that you can walk over it... not right now though, it's already melting and it's quite dangerous.

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