Robben Island, for the memory of Ahmed Kathrada


Robben Island in front of Cape Town seen from the Signal Hill.

Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed “Kathy” Kathrada spent 18 years on this island prison of his totally 26 years of imprisonment 1963-1989. Later he served e.g. as the member of the South African parlament and an adviser for the president Nelson Mandela who also was an inmate in Robben Island (and later in Pollsmore Prison) the same years as Kathrada.

Ahmed Kathrada died yesterday, 28 March 2017 at the age of 87 years.

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About photorealism

“As a full-fledged art movement, Photorealism evolved from Pop Art and as a counter to Abstract Expressionism as well as Minimalist art movements in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the United States. Photorealists use a photograph or several photographs to gather the information to create their paintings.” From Wikipedia

The works of photorealists have always fascinated me. Is it the admiration of the capability to meticulously imitate (duplicate?) the real world, or the possibility to be able to immerse myself into the details of the often very large paintings? Probably both.

Here are some samples of some well-known photorealist artists. I took the pictures last year in Kumu, Modern Art Museum of Estonia.

To start with, the works invite spectators to stop for a longer time to study the details.

The details are sometimes confusingly elaborate and vivid. Here is an example from Bertnard Meniel.


Details from the left and right side of the street.


In the works of Tom Blackwell it’s amazing how the sheen of the chrome is so real from the distance but when you have a closer look, it is just stokes of oil paint.


Chuck Close has drawn his self-portrait with small squares filled with varying number of pencil strokes. Impressive result.


The last example are works of Roberto Bernardi. Even looking very closely the reflection of the glass is very natural, very hyper-realistic, like the candies in the first painting.


Finally, a good summary of the “isms” of the art during the last 50 years “From Photorealism to Funism (1960’s-present)” is here. You might like to have a look at this “Important Art and Artists of Photorealism” as well.

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Iskelmän ihanuutta 1940-luvulta 1970-luvun kautta nykypäivään

Viime tiistaina Savoy-teatterissa esiintyi Kodinkynttilät-laulutrio Maija Hapuoja, Monna Kamu ja Irma Tapio – kaikki kohta seitsemänkymppisiä upean uran luoneita laulajia. Konsertti Muistojen bulevardi oli viehättävä paluu 1940, -50 ja -60 luvun iskelmiin, uusina hienoina sovituksina.


Taustayhtye ei ollut yhtään vaatimattomampi, näyttävimmässä roolissa viime syksynä 80 vuotta täyttänyt fonisti ja klarinetisti Pentti Lasanen, jolla oli pari omaa soolonumeroa.


Komppiryhmä oli louhittu suoraan Suomi-jazzin peruskalliosta. Bändiä veti pianisti Eero Ojanen, bassossa Pekka Sarmanto ja rumpalina Reino ‘Reiska’ Laine. 1970-luvun alussa kuvasin silloin nuoria jazzmuusikoita. Nyt noin 45 vuoden jälkeen monet heistä ovat vielä mainiossa esiintymisvireessä. Seuraavassa herroista vertailukuvat 1970-luvun ja tämän päivän välillä. Eeron ja Pekan kuvat ovat vuodelta 1971 ja Reiskan 1972.


Eero Ojanen Vaasassa 1971 ja Helsingissä 2017


Pekka Sarmanto Vaasassa 1971 ja Helsingissä 2017


Reiska Laine Porissa 1972 ja Helsingissä 2017


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Willow ptarmigan in winter plumage

This bird has somewhat complicated name in English (maybe only for me), the willow ptarmigan, also know as willow grouse or red grouse (Lagopus lagopus, riekko in Finnish). The bird is shown in it’s white winter plumage. The black throat and the red wattles over the eyes are the very distinct.

This Thursday Twitters post is a blast from the past. I took these images on mid May 1982 in Naruska in Finnish Lapland (roughly here). Still plenty of snow still at that time of the year there. A suitable post for the last days of the year.


I probably used then Tamron 70-210mm,  which produced quite satisfactory images. (The scanning quality of the slides could be better though.) These birds seem to trust their white color so much that you can often quite easily approach them also with a shorter lense.


o – o – o

I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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A tree in December (it’s Christmas today)

A tree during christmas time, though not a spruce.


Merry Christmas to all my followers!

A daily countdown to Christmas, with eight photo posts, some are more, some are less “Christmas-like”. All pictures taken during this December.
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The time for giving and sharing (1 day for Christmas)

Helsinki, Aleksanterinkatu, the main shopping street during December. Some of us are doing well, some are less lucky.

The Finns might find similarities with the work of Kari, the icon for political cartoonist in Finland. His drawing was published 62 years ago. The design of the christmas lights in Aleksanterinkatu is still the same – and maybe the message of the drawing also …


Helsinki, 12 December 2016

A daily countdown to Christmas, with eight photo posts, some are more, some are less “Christmas-like”. All pictures taken during this December.
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A wet Merry-go-round (2 days to Christmas)

Merry-go-rounds are fundamental for European Christmas Markets. So in Tallinn, Estonia as well.


Tallinn Christmas market merry-go-round, 8 December 2016

A daily countdown to Christmas, with eight photo posts, some are more, some are less “Christmas-like”. All pictures taken during this December.
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