It was pleasure to work together with journalist Dominique Nora and weekly French news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur (L'OBS) on the topic very close to my heart - Estonian success in digitalisation.
Last year when I visited one of the biggest and most important photography festivals in the world, Les Rencontres de la Photographie and its fringe festival, Voies Off in Arles first time, I was thinking how great it would be if some day my images would be on display there. A year later my dream came true, and I'm still feeling elated. My photos were displayed during screening on night of July 5th, and several were posted on buildings as part of street exhibition that will be on display in Arles until 24th September.
The children at front row were as excited to see the images on big screen at night as I was. The image shown on screen in the picture above is by wonderful Anna Boyiazis,
I am very honoured to be one of the 60 photographers selected for the Voies Off Awards 2017 .
My work will be screened at nightfall of July 5th in the Griffeuille in Arles. And for a summer, the district of Griffeuille will be transformed into an open-air exhibition with my images together with others exhibited on the walls and in the gardens from July 3rd to September 24th, 2017.
Thank you all for coming, defying the stormy weather! Big thanks also to all who couldn't, but where there with me in their thoughts! Thank you all for everything who helped me to get there! First, foremost, and biggest thanks to Sydne, Herman and the kids!
Picture credit: Elis Kostabi
Dear friends, I'm excited to invite you to my first personal exhibition ‘Thinning out the clouds’ in Speos Gallery in Paris, 8 Rue Jules Vallès.
‘Thinning out the clouds’ is a story of a young family living an unconventional lifestyle, photographed over a year in Estonia and Bali.
Please join me for an opening reception 7pm on Feb 28th 2017, more info here.
I would be honored if you could come! If you cannot attend then some of the material will be available in future at my website.
It always makes me sentimental when I realise that things usually last longer than people. Often so much longer that there are nobody around any more to remember the story of these things.
This picture is taken in old derelict soviet farm’s central workshop where my husbands long gone uncle worked his entire life. The place is now abandoned and nobody wants or needs it, but it still retains some of the feeling of its past days.
After we are born, this miracle of life is celebrated ever day and month for the first year. Throughout the childhood the birthdays continue to be incredibly important to us, lots of fun with presents, and somewhat annoying old relatives who pinch our cheeks and exclaim how fast we grow. The next one seems to be just around the corner, and always worth waiting for.
Over time the importance of the event fades, and the birthdays become more of a reminder that the fun days are perhaps behind us. We’d like to think that we are still young, but the mirror tells otherwise.
Then at some point in our lives the meaning of birthday suddenly changes, and it will be important again, but not because of you but because of others. It becomes a gathering of our old friends who are still with us, our children, and our grandchildren. Just like in childhood we look forward for the day, and prepare for it long ahead - rent a big room, cook, bake a cake, and perhaps even hire a band.
The biggest gift of all will be that they will come, and have a blast. It will now be us pinching those cheeks, appraise the growth of the children, and ask if they would like to have another piece of the cake. We will be tired as a dog by the end of the day, but as soon as it is over we will start planning for the one next year. Birthdays are the best days ever!
When working on long-term photo stories you have long periods of time where you do not have much to show off. A quick project that takes few days to complete is a nice change of pace. You get a feeling of being in control - time, light, frame, and subject. There is a beginning and deadline when it is done. Quite different from long-term project that keeps evolving and changing, and growing new branches.
Here are few shots from a recent fashion shoot:
It has been heady two weeks - exhibition in Magnum Photos Paris office; another exhibition in an annual summer photography festival The Rencontres d'Arles; Fotohaus ParisBerlin promoted my work in their newsletter and on the streets in Arles; met many fantastic people; gave my first interview; and to top it off sold my print. Totally giddy and flying on clouds :)