“Tinja’s Husky Farm.”

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Tinja’s husky farm lies off the grid: she cooks and heats with a wood stove, lights her home with candles and has to break the ice of the river every morning to get some water with a bucket.
Image Credit: Photograph by Brice Portolano.
In northern Finland, husky farmers like Tinja will go more than a month without seeing the sun in winter.
Living 180 miles from the nearest town, she works in freezing temperatures for much of the year in order to feed and care for the 85 dogs on her farm.
When Brice Portolano arrived in Lapland in early January to see her, the polar night was beginning to end and the sun was slowly returning to the Arctic landscape.
“The first day lasted just nine minutes,” he says, “suffice to say, the evening are long and pass by in candle light”.

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For 20 days, the Parisian-based photographer swapped his temperate city climate to stay in Inari with Tinja and her husband Alex, a former professional skier who now works as a race musher.
“While looking for a story to shoot in Northern Finland, I discovered Tinja’s existence through her website,” says Portolano, 24.
“It usually takes me some time to find the right character for such a story but I found Tinja quite quickly and immediately sent her an email, telling her about my project”.
See more via Between dusk and dawn: Off-grid with Brice Portolano in the haunting polar north | Photography | Culture | The Independent

“Foxes and Owls.”

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Twenty-one year-old Finnish photographer Konsta Punkka takes breathtaking pictures of nature and lifestyle.
We’ve written about him previously, but just can’t seem to get enough of his photos of wild animals.
Punkka manages to capture the animals from so close, it’s unbelievable. His secret?
He brings snacks to the photoshoots and feeds them to the animals.

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“The feeding thing in my photographs is more like a thing I want to show to the people, that the animals trust me and they allow me to get really close to them.
I don’t feed these guys much, just a few peanuts to get them stay close to me to take the shots”, Punkka told Bored Panda.

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More info: Instagram | 500px
See more images via Photographer Captures The Soul Of The Forest With His Unbelievably Intimate Animal Shots | Bored Panda

“Mikko’s Night II”.

Mikko-Lagerstedt02A continuation of his Night series in which he transforms the landscape of Finland, by blending two different exposures, into something ethereal and dreamlike.
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via Night II: Photos by Mikko Lagerstedt – Faith is Torment.

“Carnivorous Plants”.

joniniemela2Through macro photography, Joni Niemelä is able to capture the minuscule beauty of things that we might normally miss.
The Finnish photographer has recently turned an eye towards the carnivorous plant Drosera, which is more commonly known as a “Sundew” — a moniker referring to the droplets that collect on the plants, akin to a morning dew.
Those condensation-like beads, however, aren’t from water.
They’re the result of the plant luring, capturing, and digesting insects.
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In Niemelä’s gorgeous images, the extremely close vantage point allows him to highlight the tiniest parts of the Sundew, and their individual droplets shine with exquisitely-speckled details. Having such a shallow depth-of-field also abstracts parts of the composition. While the plant (or plants) are often in focus, the diffused areas bathe the portraits in brilliant greens, blues, and magentas.
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“Sundews have always fascinated me, and I have been photographing these alien-like plants for several years now,” Niemelä says. “My first first photo series Drosera was mostly bright and vibrant, so I wanted to have some contrast to that in my second series of Sundews.
I think the colors and the mood of Otherworldly Blues reflect aptly the true nature of these carnivorous plants.”
via Gorgeous Macro Photos Detail the Beauty of Alien-Like Carnivorous Plants – My Modern Met.

“Alone”.

wanderer_2-1024x683Photographer 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.
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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.
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“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.
via Breathtaking Self-Portraits Under Finland’s Northern Lights | WIRED.

“Lost at Night”.

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Self-taught photographer Mikko Lagerstedt (previously) is drawn into the night where he often finds himself camped next to his tripod, waiting hours for an exposure of a frozen coastal scene or a dark and brooding forest.
Many of his images are composites of two photos taken from the same location, a shorter exposure of the sky merged with a significantly longer exposure of the ground which is then manipulated in Lightroom.
Lagerstedt is extremely open about his process, sharing tutorials and blog posts about how he works on his website.
You can also follow him on Instagram.
See more Images via Expansive Finnish Landscapes Photographed by Mikko Lagerstedt | Colossal.