Friday, 21 December 2012

part of an email i sent to his agent that ends with a christmas giveaway!



"Please tell Maestro Sokolov... 

-- I will cherish forever the delicate sound and the apparent easiness of the first notes of the Rameau piece in the empty concert hall.

Sincerely, 

Mikko"


indeed. i always will. it was THE single most exciting day of this year. ME being privileged to take pictures of mr sokolov during his rehersal at the helsinki music centre this spring. i´d been a huge huge fan of his playing for years and before i knew it, i was on the same lift with him going down to the artists´ entrance to the main hall.

we didn´t talk a lot, well, i said a hasty and nervous ´hello´ but i don´t even think he replied. he kept his distance, disappeared to his dressing room for what felt like an entire human life only to emerge a few seconds later. he walked up to the grand piano and without saying a word he sat down and started playing. i took my pictures, left in quiet and that was it.

well, what made it so special? the first notes of the rameau piece. i have never heard such easiness and longing played with such a few single notes. it felt as if he knew all the secrets of the human heart and was ready to tell them through his music.

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what has been the high light of your year so far? have you got a picture of it? yes/no/maybe? if you do, please leave a link to the image in the comment box below. it can be a single image, an entire post on your blog or anything in between. as long as the image(s) are your own. why? because i´d just like to see what kind of pictures you take and what memories are made of. you don´t have a blog or you don´t stock your images anywhere in the internet? not to worry, tell me your story anyway.

all the comments and links will take part in a new year´s giveaway kindly sponsored by the lovely folks at nikon finland. leave your comment before 31.12.2012 and you might be the owner of a brand new nikon coolpix s01.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

"picture it.. sicily."


the past summer in finland was nearly as cold and dark as the weather outside as we speak and i was thisclose to loose my mind over the fact that i hadn´t seen the sun in months nor had i swam in the sea for more than a year. with this in mind i must have been the happiest boy on earth when the lovely people at finnmatkat came to rescue and offered myself and stella the possibility to pick and choose a destination for ourselves from their selection of scoot destinations and see what scooting feels like. well, i can tell you this much, it is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! (and on a side note, feels terribly tempting again since they´ve put up a mobile app to flicker through the destinations and latest offers. i only hope they add my dream destination to the selection) i´ve always been the kind of a traveller who´s willing to take on the hassle to get the cheapest fare on an exact flight and book thatpicturesquehoteliheardofsomewhere so it was a bliss just to click on the holiday we wanted and let someone else sort out the details. and in our case, i mean details. a huge huge thank you goes out to our destination guide anniina who went out of her way to make our stay perfect; there was no question she didn´t come up with an answer and she took care of all the little things we didn´t even know existed. thank you, you are a star. if you want to read about our hangabouts in detail, click click click click yourself over to stella´s blog.

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