Photographer Tiina Törmänen likes to be alone when she shoots … really, really alone.
For her most recent series, she drove out into Finland’s frigid wilderness to take stunning self-portraits under the Northern Lights.
She calls the project Wanderer, aptly named given the stark and beautiful loneliness of her photos.
Törmänen started the series while working as a hotel chef in Kilpisjärvi, a remote village in northern Finland.
At the end of her shift, the photographer would take off on a snowmobile into the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area nearby, often shooting until the wee hours of the morning.
She patiently scouted wide-open landscapes for the perfect shot and made long exposures that capture her standing under a display of brilliant and star-packed skies.
“I was so impressed with the loneliness, the air and the silence,” she says. “Out there you feel so small because there is only cold and ice.”
Törmänen has taken photos of the Northern Lights for years and was a bit bored with the dancing colors that delight most people.
She decided to place herself in frame to add a sense of scale to the vastness, and wore a headlamp as a fun visual element. To get each shot, Törmänen set her Canon 5D Mark III on a tripod and used a timer to delay the shutter.
She then walked out into position and moved her headlamp slightly to create a patch of light instead of a solitary beam.
She traveled nearly 150 miles in total, sometimes in temperatures as low as -13 degrees Fahrenheit.
An ongoing series of double exposure portraits by Scottish photographer Laurence Winram.
When I was out shooting the background bushes image I had some guy come up to me asking why I’m shooting ‘dead trees’. I did explain how it would be used but his face never gave that look of understanding of what the hell I was on about.
I just have to live with it that someone out there thinks I shoot dead trees for fun.
I just should have said I was a twitcher, is that less weird?
Image Credit: Photograph by Penney Hayley · · From Stargazing
As I watch this electrical storm move around Lake Kununurra in Western Australia I realized that the stars were also visible.
Personally I believe Ii’s a great combination.
Kununurra has sky is unpolluted and as I was shooting away from the town, light pollution wasn’t an issue either.
What I hadn’t thought about was the local crocodile population that live here and on my way down to the waters edge at a fairly quick pace without any lights, I was face to tail with a fresh water crocodile so after my heart stopped racing I set up on a tripod and commenced taking some long exposure shots and this is my favorite.