Ho, ho ho!


Dear Kirsikka,

--And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I'm a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone--

I believe America has different blues than Europe. Look at my pics from Miami! They look like yours from LA! Weird shit.

Merry f*%&#ing Christmas from South Beach!

Rescue me!

--She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine a.m.
And I'm gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
It's lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight--

These birds were cool. Guess they were seagulls but much prettier than the ones we have in Finland. They had pitch black backs.

This idiot kid decided that it's funny to feed the seagulls next to me. It wasn't.

11th street diner on South Beach. Loved their Smoked salmon platter = smoked salmon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, capers, lots of cream cheese and a bagel. Mmmmmm. Loved the Christmas tree on the roof too!

Throw in a couple of hundred dollars and it will buy you your own stuffed animal.

There is a surfer there I swear!

Now I'm back in cold and dark Finland. BUT! There's always a but. There is gonna be some snow in my next photos! How about that?

--Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact it's cold as hell
And there's no one there to raise them if you did
And all this science I don't understand
It's just my job five days a week
A rocket man, a rocket man--

With Love, E.

quote: Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long Long Time) - Elton John


Summer's gone.

19.12.2009 Los Angeles

Dear Emmi!

How are you? The Halloween photos were great! You guys really went for it and it looked like a lot of fun. I know how you like to dress up.

Im still black and white. Next post will be with color. I tried some triple exposure shots. It's a bit of a hit and miss with that one. Sometimes the image gets lost in the shapes. Sometimes you get lucky.
VENICE. This is where we play.

The boys of Muscle Beach. They want you to look. I don't think you mind looking either.

Sucker love is heaven sent.
You pucker up, our passion's spent.
My hearts a tart, your body's rent.
My body's broken, yours is bent.

Man with a rabbit. The rabbit is for sale.

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
Call Alice
When she was just small

My friends surf. Adam told me he saw killer whales. " There's something really powerful seeing a creature so confident. Just going about, swimming. On top of the food chain". Im jealous. I want to see them. I want to be in the sea and stare at the ones that are scared of nothing.

A day at work. Photo shoot. We opened the car windows and played music really loud and danced on the street.

The triple exposure. This one worked.

With Love. Kirsikka


Good morning Halloween!

Helsingissä 4.12.2009

Dear Kirsikka,

I hate cleaning. So this morning my flat was technically still a Haunted Halloween house.

My Halloween was a blast. We wore all sorts of terrifying outfits and ate weird Halloween food. These girls make me laugh hard. I never thought I could find such great friends from work.

May I introduce you to Annika and Riikka.

This is Katriina. Unfortunately Anu was sick so I don't have any pictures of her.

Something filled up. My heart with nothing. Someone told me not to cry.

But now that I'm older. My heart's colder. And I can see that it's a lie.

Children, wake up. Hold your mistake up. Before they turn the summer into dust.

If the children don't grow up. Our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up. We're just a million little gods causing rainstorms. Turning every good thing to rust.

I guess we'll just have to adjust.

With my lightning bolts a-glowin'. I can't see where I am going to be. When the reaper, he reaches and touches my hand.

With my lightning bolts a-glowin'. I can't see where I am going.

You better look out below!

Later on we went to a bar and I ended up pouring some fake blood on everyone.

Some scary chick.

This is Joanna.

Lots of pictures this time with fewer words. I threw away all the Halloween stuff. My home is clean now. My friends are coming to have a few drinks tonight at my place. And mess it up again.

I miss you.

With Love, E.

P.S. I hope you kicked that saleswoman's ass for selling you the wrong film. Hope to see more photos next time. With colour!

quote: Arcade Fire, Wake up


Goodbye Halloween.

29.11.2009 Los Angeles

Dear Emmi!

Halloween! It was great. I bought 5 rolls of color film. Vivid colors and neutrals. I was stoked. Until I was about to pull on my boots and leave and saw that the lady at the shop sold me 35mm.
So I had one shot.

This is it. Venice beach, neon lights and a head. The night was fun. Open houses. You walked in, the drinks were free, no furniture to be destroyed, music. The red plastic cups you see in films.

Everyone wore a costume.

We drove our bikes in a group, from party to party. I had beer in my bag. I had long conversations. About leg warmers, musical day dreams where you sometimes hope everyone would just suddenly start singing the same song and dancing, what animal would we want to be. I have musical daydreams all the time. And I would want to be an otter. They look like they have a good time. And I like the whiskers.

This is brunch at the French Market some other morning. Its a great place. people there are really French. And have just the appropriate amount of arrogance. The food is wonderful.

She is Lissa. She is from South Africa, she does belly dancing and draping. We are going to take swing dancing lessons together.

This is Chad. He designs bikes. I have one. Linus Bike. They are beautiful.
I have black tea in the morning. Otherwise I love green tea or Red Chai. I hope your Halloween was as good as mine. I hope to hear from you soon.

With love, Kirsikka


4000 magazines equals 4000 new readers?

Helsingissä 28.10.2009

Dear Kirsikka,

In your last letter you were wondering if we had any readers. No photos this time but something very different. It is a rare occasion that allows this to happen. From now on let's stick to our photos.

But now! I'd just like to show you what I've been doing for the last couple of months.

And most importantly what people can read from this magazine. Don't these pictures look familiar?

I hope we get new readers so you can still go on and on about the chickens. And don't you worry. I'll still read your letters when nobody else does.

--Nyt minulla on vanha sininen laukkusi ja kaakelipöytäsi, jolle asettelit enkelisi. Juon aamuisin mehua sinun laseistasi. Ja vaikka minulla ei olisi niitäkään, älä huoli. Muistan sinut sittenkin, kun itse en enää maailmasta mitään ymmärrä.--

With Love, Em

quote: Heidi Kähkönen, Muistin kai kertoa?


Pig, rooster, mouse, moose, suspenders, whiskers = story of Tallinn

Helsingissä 24.10. 2009

Dear K,

I love the chickens! Kot-kot-kot. I love the tone of your pictures too. I once heard of a foot tattoo taken by sailors. It actually consists of two tattoos, one in each foot. One of a pig, one of a ROOSTER. The beauty of the tattoo is that if the sailor's ship sinks he OR SHE (!) would have to save the animals and swim to the shore. Pigs and roosters can't swim you know.

That reminds me of something! The ink! I never got back to you with my tattoo pictures. I need to try and find some for you.

So like I told you I went to Tallinn. The first time I was there my mom bought me a mouse. Not a real one but this toy mouse which had red pants with red suspenders. I loved it. It even had whiskers. I think there was nothing to buy at that time and my mom wanted to support them somehow. I've heard similar stories from my friends. Can't remember who told me that her mom bought tons of garlic from the market just to buy something.

I didn't like the ship back then and I didn't like it now. But the city was worth it. I didn't buy anything but ate such good food.

--A destination known
Only by the one
Whose fate is overgrown --

--A map is more unreal
Than where you've been
Or how you feel --

This is moose soup! In an Indian restaurant!! It was hot and gooooood.

This is from the restaurant too. It was called Restaurant Elevant like elephant!

Not sure why I photographed this. It's yoghurt sauce raita. It came with one of those really sweet cherries people put in deserts. They put those in mango lassi as well. I used to hate them when I was a little girl but I 've grown to love them. Didn't eat the last one tho since I was so full. The food was amazing.

They had this great vantage point where you could see the great view of old town.

Look someone got married and rented a kick ass car! Seriously, it was a fun sight.

Are you gonna dress up on Halloween? We usually don't in Finland but I'm having a Halloween party for a small group of friends. So I will send you some horror pictures the next time. Or maybe I'll shoot something even before that. And this time! I really need some color film!

Till the next time. With Love, E.

quote: Feist, Intuition