Friday, 31 October 2014


"I've often envied those who photograph life. 
I avoid it. I start from nothing. 
I make up a story, which I leave untold. 
I imagine  a situation, which doesn't exist. 
I wipe out the space to invent another. 
I shift the light. I rend everything unreal. 
And then I try. 
I watch out for what I didn't expect. 
I wait to see what I can't remember. 
I undo what I put together. 
I hope for hazard. 
But more than anything, 
I long to be struck as I shoot."

"Then, all of a sudden, but not always, 
something changes. 
I can’t say why. 
Maybe I’m just in the right place, 
at the right time. 
Or maybe I believe in it. 
However, for a split second, 
I see a sparkle of beauty passing by, 
or is it simply the difference, or the surprise. 
However, everything goes so quickly now 
within that stillness, 
and I’m carried away. 
And at last I like what I see. 
And I can’t stop finding it, 
then losing it. 
And all day long I'll keep on, 
because it once existed.”

"I only travel in Paris. 
Hotel rooms, deserted cafés, 
broken trains, rented cars, 
abandoned stations and private gardens 
are my landscape. 
By choice maybe, 
but mainly for convenience. 
After all, there's no need for wide open spaces 
or exotic countries,  
as you'd have to crop it anyway, 
it's not the subject."

"The story is not to disturb, 
not to be disturbed, 
keep options open, 
make winter in summer, sun in December, 
and night at noon.
It's all about looks and charm and futility.
It doesn't mix with everything,
we're not there for reality.
It's all made up,
pure fiction,
sweet reverie eventually."

"On my contact sheets, 
I recognise, second by second, 
the fear, the burden, the labour, the absurdity. 
But sometimes a photograph is what they call 
an added value, 
a photo for me, a real photo, 
that instant of grace 
that I  nearly missed, 
and that might never happen again."

All photographs via Gallois Montbrun & Fabiani

Saturday, 25 October 2014


A little post to wish you a sweet weekend.

along with some links I've loved lately -

Foodie site Vanelja by fellow Finn

guaranteed to get you in a lovely and light weekend mood,

this & this breathtaking take on India Salvor Menuez,

& this earthy and natural Swedish home.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Sur la route

Black & white poetry in motion

in these images shot by David Sims

for Vogue Paris, 


Saturday, 18 October 2014

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

A girls' trip to Porvoo yesterday,

where the cobbled streets were surprisingly empty for once

and the sun and trees dripped in gold.

Plenty of space in the toyshop 

(that's usually jam-packed with kids and adults alike)

to carefully mull over something little to take home.

Jumping in piles of leaves

outshines any bouncy castle.

Today she's been busy rearranging her doll's house

while I've been sipping on my Lapsang souchong -souvenir tea.

I fell for its smoky flavour in England in the summer

and have been meaning to stock up ever since.

(A tea you either love or loathe, I hear.)

Eilen tehtiin tyttöjen retki Porvooseen. 

Mukulakivikadut olivat yllättävän hiljaisia,

aurinko ja puut kultaa. 

Riimikossakin oli kerrankin tilaa 

valita vakaasti ja harkiten.

Lehtikasat päihittivät pomppulinnat

mennen tullen. 

Tänään on sitten tyttö rymsteerannut nukkekotiaan

ja äiti siemaillut Lapsang souchong -tuliaisteetä,

jonka savuiseen maun pauloihin jäin viime Englannin matkalla.

(Kuulemma tee, jota joko rakastaa tai vihaa.)


Thursday, 16 October 2014


Once again my heart misses a beat

when it comes to Erica Cavallini's glorious aesthetics. 

Here, the sun is breaking through soft grey clouds,

and these are exactly the hues 

I'm drawn to right now. 

All images with kind permission

Saturday, 4 October 2014


Finding these soft, grey days strangely comforting.

The autumn weeks seem to be flying past,

but when there's a minute to think,

thankfulness brims to the surface

for all the new ideas, people,

little opportunities,

creating a rich, luscious web. 

A stillness despite all the rushing around. 

Thankfulness for freedom to choose,

freedom to carve those little steps,

freedom that can't be taken for granted in this world. 

Not sure if it's an age thing or what,

but so conscious of the value 

of the gift of life,

shedding a whole new light

on what's important 

and what may as well fall on the wayside. 

“It takes courage to push yourself 

to places that you have never been before...

to test your limits...

to break through barriers.

And the day came when the risk it took 

to remain tight inside the bud 

was more painful 

than the risk it took to Blossom.” 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Today's autumnal & rugged eye candy

comes from Helsinki-based interior store Casuarina. 


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