Voyager of the Seas from Turku to Miami

One decade of great ship building in Turku Finland.  The Voyager of the Seas was first ship of the series of great ocean liners built in Turku 1999.  Allure of the Seas ended the series of the great ocean liners built in Turku 2011.

Voyager of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

Slide show photos of the Voyager of the Seas on her maiden voyage from Turku to Miami.

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When I was asked to join on the maiden voyage of the Voyager of the Seas from Turku to Miami, I could not find any excuses not to.  Voyager was the biggest and the boldest of all the passenger ships on earth.  The hull had the same hight as the tallest building in Helsinki, 72 m.  Total length was 311,1 m.  Passengers and crew together exceeded 5000 people, which is the same amount than US. Air craft carriers.  Own full-scale theatre, a copy of La Scala in Rome, Ice skating rink and dining room three floors high. Own hospital and own printing-house that produces a daily newsletter every morning.  The sewage water is purified with unique techniques and the watches on the bridge is secured with two authorities personnel.  Captain Svein Pettersen trained the vast  personnel under the maiden voyage to meet the standards to cruise in Caribbean waters.  Turku Kvaerner Masa Yards employees finished the ship with amazing skills and enthusiasm.  We picked up more workers both in Denmark and England to get the job done.  This was the first ship of the Eagle series and prototype rush was visible. Whole restaurants were changed to different brands with kitchen facilities and interior furnishing.

The last ships of the series where sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.  The hight is the same 65/72m.  (The bridge in Denmark limits the height).  The length is 361 m and the personnel and passengers together exceeds 7500 persons.  Also the name of the Yard has changed to STX Finland Oy.

Allure under construction On STX Yard in Turku.

Power of Color – Auran Galleria 2001

One decade 1988 – 1999 my interests to the photography was the boundary,  where the water meets the land.  The junction reflects its colours, water, land and sky. 

You discover such tranquility which you only find in mountain areas and deep forests.  Your eyes rest in the landscapes and the photos have less tension.

Sunset at Mont St Michel, France

Rivers and waterways cut up cultures trough history, buildings and architecture are genuine.  Buildings act as monuments of their own time. Buildings reflect the task and the forefathers that used to live in them.  The form and the variations of the materials fascinates me. The colour of the clays and bricks in the walls have always been typical to the area itself.

Boats in the harbours belong as a natural part in this environment.

POWER OF COLOR  photo exhibition:

water and land meets

Intersection of water and cultures

Water and vessels

I invite you to look at the pictures of the Power of Color photo exhibition on a Slide Show.  The real exhibition consisted of my pictures from the years 1989 – 1999.  On the exhibition there were also my fathers portraits of the Finish movie stars and actors of Suomen Filmiteollisuus Oy. The exhibition took place year 2001,  at Auran Galleria, Turku

Your Photo journey begins from the Baltic Sea.  South towards the central europe coastline and inline waterways.  The journey continues through Gibraltar to the Mediterranean Sea across the Atlantic ocean  to “Terra Nuevo” and to South America  inline waterways.

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Coastal Gardens

Nature forms its own garden

Gardens that are dear to me,  most likely situated on coastal areas.  Not necessary direct on shoreline but representing the presence of the salt seawater or the soft water of the lakes and the rivers.  The flora and the fauna of the areas can be seen  in  the photos.

 Mother nature makes us a firework with the most splendid colours from flowers and vegetation.  But also the dirt itself comes with the variety of luscious forms of the deltas or littlest of ground on limestone cliffs.

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