Friday, 29 April 2011

second star to the right, and straight on till morning.

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i love how the novel explains that the neverlands (or never never never lands like they were first called) are found in the minds of children, and that although each is 'always more or less an island', and they have a family resemblance, they are not the same from one child to the next. john darling's 'had a lagoon with flamingos flying over it' while his little brother michael's 'had a flamingo with lagoons flying over it'. the novel also broadens the subject by telling that the neverlands are compact enough that adventures are never far in between and it says that a map of a child's mind would resemble a map of neverland, with no boundaries at all.

well, i've always imagined my friend's beautiful summer house to be one. it's never short on adventures, looks like the map of her mind, one never never never has to grow up and you can stay up for as long as you want, or in my case, sleep for as long as you want.

vihrea talo for the may 2011 issue of divaani magazine.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

everyday items of an unuseful sort.

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for the past twenty years my life has been assessed, bound, limited, and somewhat defined by the fact that i've had a pair of glasses on my face. until resently, that is. it's not that i ever minded having to wear glasses but when the lovely folks at espoon silmasairaala offered me a chance to get rid of them i pretty much jumped with joy and excitement.

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a bit scared but overcome with excitement i dragged my doctor teemu (bless him) to hell and back with my endless questions about the laser surgery and how it would affect my eyesight.

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once he got me convinced that no, the surgery would not leave me paralysed, bald, color blind or blind (or dead) i decided to go ahead with the procedure.

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the operation in itself was not a big deal, it was over way before i thought to myself that i propably should start panicing right about now. and the lovely staff would bring me fresh coffee and sandwiches to the recovery lounge -where i would stay just a little bit longer than needed 'cos i knew they had chocolates as well.

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all in all, things did go welll and i haven't regretted for a split second having the surgery done. what i HAVE been doing instead has been having fun-fun-fun, doing sports without being semi-blind or bumbing into walls, wearing sunglasses and still been able to see and most of all, doing work being able to trust my own eyes for the first time ever. i'd run out of fancy words on going on and on about how happy i've been and all that so i won't even start. but. if you are looking into having the laserlaser on your eyes, visit the site where you can find my story along with couple of other ones and a hefty bunch of general information regarding the operation and how it's done. go now.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

return to innocence.

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a simple outtake from a tiia vanhatapio shoot we did today.
one manic week is coming to a close and i'm off to the country side tomorrow.
take care all of yous and have a relaxing easter weekend.

model / kirsi k.
hair & make up / karoliina kangas

Sunday, 17 April 2011

let's hear it for new york!

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the story gets me every time; legend of a beautiful, all loving and all forgiving angel bethesda (for some reason i've always imagined her to be the most beautiful of all angels) who came down from the heavens during the time of the second temple and as her toe touched the ground the court yard parted and water would burst out. quite scandalously for the time, everyone was allowed to come to the fountain and if you'd drink from it or wash in it, you'd be healed from all illness and heart ache. despite everything that new york has to offer -and that's A LOT, especially this summer- the bethesda fountain in central park is my single most favorite place in the city. just like centuries ago, everyone is welcome with their joys and sorrows of everyday life and the most beautiful angel of all angels is silently overlooking the hustle of people coming and going, having coffees, taking photos, playing with their children and then carrying on with their lives. silently and lovingly, all forgivingly.