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One year with Sony Alpha cameras and ZEISS E-mount lenses. Developing my own photographic eye in a in a scratch book manner. Hunting the stream of inspiration and sharing it through a popular blog platform.
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The Backyard

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 2/25 – f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO200, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 2/25 – f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO200, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

One of our summer things what we always do in every summer is to pay a visit to grandpa at eastern Finland. This provides totally different playing ground for Aura & Meri where, not only the sceneries and toys, but also the friends change. This is important especially for Aura as this is the place where she really experiences that childhood freedom. While we were there kids from the neighborhood might pickup her to play 8 o'clock at a morning and she would play with them the whole day until 8 o'clock in the evening when there is a evening snack and we put kids to sleep. And I, of course, want her to experience those long summer days of childhood,  as I know things will be different when she grows up and will eventually be tied to the same system as we all do.

Like I have already written many times before, I think that creating visual imagery of Aura's and Meri's childhood is the most important and also influential thing I can ever do with a camera. Through the images I create and capture they will later on look into their own childhood memories, reflect them and use them to build their own concept, not only of their childhood and past, but also who we were and how we lived as a family. This kind of information, whether it's shared through stories, images or by something else, is of course important to anyone's own identity, and by creating this imagery of their childhood I hope to contribute to this process of self definition later on. So, photographically speaking these summer visits to grandpa are also important as 'childhood summers' is one visual concept I want to capture while creating the greater body of work – and the core of the summer exemplifies itself in this freedom Aura experience at the grandpa where everyone (including us as well) is free from the tasks related to adults world. This is also a reason why my updates have been a bit scarce lately: being away from everything else (computers and editing processes included) made it a bit difficult to update the blog regularly. But don't worry, I'll make it up to you and I will be updating the blog more often in coming weeks.

I took today's image from the second floor balcony. Grandpa lives in a row house which means there is always a great backyard for play with other children, and every day they would clutter it up with the toys, bicycles, dirty sandpit tools, tents, forsaken dolls and all kinds of other stuff that happens to drift there along the play. In the evening, before the evening snack, we would collect everything to where they belong just that they could be spread them again in the next day. This time I had filled up a small pool there for children to play as it was a bit cloudy day and we didn't bother to go to the shore. I love how the colors came up with this shot, the green grass works as a canvas for all the stuff that has been spread across the backyard. These kind of odd angles are also great way to add a bit interest into the picture – I've found out that most often when you have a possibility to photograph from above, it's worth it because it adds a certain interest in the image by itself as it is a point of view we rarely enter into (I guess the birds would argue exactly the opposite).