TODAY, a major Singapore newspaper, published a story about Estonia’s alternative education system. It is written by Gracia Lee from Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information’s Going Overseas for Advanced Reporting (Go-Far) course, with pictures by me.

Dreams do come true

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.

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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

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30 large-format images of eight artists selected for the Prix Voies Off 2017 concealed on the streets of the district of Griffeuille in Arles until end of September.

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Thank you!

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!

Estonia, 2016

Picture credit: Elis Kostabi

(di)Stilled life

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.

Just another day

These Are The Days Of Our Lives

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!