Fine Art: Frosty Sea – Atlantic limestone cliffs – Sea changes to Land

Frosty island, Airisto
Sea smoke around a  sea mark
Pack ice, Airisto
Ice in the spring time
Last signs of winter

These photo works are mainly from the winter 2012. Winter was quite hard and long although the ice was very thin, because of the snow that came early. Pack Ice Airisto is from photo exhibition power of Color 2001. Pack Ice Airisto was one of the most liked pictures of the exhibition and was sold most.

Last signs of winter is from the year 2010. These pictures show well the scenery of Airisto which is well sheltered with the surrounding islands.

Capo St Vincent through sea smoke
Lands End on a clear weather
The lighthouse of St. Vincent, Lands End. The famous sailing school of Prince Henry the Navigator is located in the Fortress.
Capo St. Vincent Lighthouse at the end of the world
Rocks at Capo St Vincent

These works are photographed in the southernmost corner of Portugal. The massive limestone is tangible just here. You are standing against the wind and can feel the roar from the limestone tunnels that are formed during the past years.

Photographs are from the years 2008 – 2011.

Fragile morning light
Lauersmeer, sea reed
Water disappears, Waddenzee
Durum wheat on a modern urban cultivation
Chicago grey eminence, sea changes to a city of rock

These works are from my old motive, how sea changes to deltas and to more cultivated areas and finally direct to massive cities situated directly by the sea. Most Photographs are from Power of Color photo exhibition.

Models throughout the times


There has been one or two nice models also during these years.

I can express my gratitude to all these beautiful girls. It has been a pure pleasure to work with you in our photo shooting occasions.

Silent Criticism

Clean Water at Cliff Richard´s wineyard

Silent criticism in my photos, how can I influence people’s thinking and point out some ideas worth considering.

The normal everyday deeds are the most important. Taking care of your neighbour or sort your scrap. You can yourself plant cuttings rather than  go shopping in garden centers or you choose between local and not global food producers.

Main concern to me is to produce more clean air and water

Taking care of our own sewage flow is essential in trying to keep the soil and the surrounding water areas clean.

Good thinking and planning, so that we find out the method best suited for our family or our community.

To transport our sewage to communal treatment is not the solution. You only forward the problem elsewhere and pollute with transporting mainly water.

Different kind of reedbeds after the coarse treatment of the sewage water is natures oldest form of water purification.

Here I found a good overall picture on the web of Reedbed operation. The first part of this system can vary. The idea is to purify the coarse particles and transport them to communal treatment or to use by yourselves as fertilizers.

Systems for pre and primary treatment of waste water. These equipments for waste water purification can easily be bought in the market.

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There are several ways to build a waste treatment area with purification systems underneath and above the ground.

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Reed bed in mini size – after the coarse purification
Difficult construction place for the coarse treatment area

This is one solution to build coarse treatment of the sewage water and to create a modern wetland (reed bed).

Primary treatment for the sewage water

It is extremely important for every household, living  on coastal areas  to rethink and set up a better plan to take care of the sewage water.

There is also a marvellous book of  Highgrove, portrait of an estate from H.R.H Prince of Wales and Charles Clover. You find a good article how Highgrove is taking care of the sewage problem. (ISBN 1-84188-170-8).

Solar energy saves the environment from polluting the air with fossile fuels. Solar energy is free power and very effective water heater in washing and heating houses.

Different kinds of systems are available today.

Solar panels transport free energy to our needs .

Solar energy, on the contrary to compression pump from geothermal energy source  brings significant difference in temperature. Water temperature in solar panels exceeds easily 100 –  200 degrees celsius in quite simple systems.

This brings you heat.

Wood pellets

Wood chips and pellets are waste from the woodworking industry plants. Modern burners can take the most of these recycled materials.

Making wood chips at home

Most country houses have huge resources for wood blocks.


Home made wood chips are excellent for soil improvement and compost.

Less pollution with no energy transportation. Good mental heal for the body.

Branches to make wood chips

Windmills are far more complicated for family houses. You have to consider building licences and environmental aspects. Although it is important to support windmill power plants on communal level. We have to seek better energy production methods in continual improvement basis. Wind and Solar power are essential and our planet generates these permanent valuables to us.

Electric solar panels have also made a break through during the last few years. The prize is one-quarter compared to prices last decade. To produce energy with panels is today compatible to diesel generators.

Second interest to me is how to bring bread for every table

How can we bring food to every table. The table is growing rapidly.

The population is growing and the land that we use for food production is today put out to tender with Bio products aimed for energy consumption.

How can we know?  Is the soil polluted after the effective cultivation methods for different bio fuels.

Horrible news spread from companies like Monsanto. “maailman johtava yritys geenimanipuloidun viljansiemenen tuotannossa. Yritys tuottaa lajikkeita, joiden kerrotaan olevan ylivertaisia tuottavuudessaan ja rikkakasvien tai tuholaisten kestävyydessä”.

We can all make small  steps to give ourselves better food products on a small-scale.

I have recently discovered that I can easily make my own cuttings why not you?

Living on a country house I have already years cultivated my own tomatoes, salads, herbs etc. My sister provides me with different berries in many forms. Last summer I even got the first harvest of vine grapes in Finland a country between the latitudes 60 and 70.

During my trips to countries with less urban sophistication, I have noticed that the food tastes better. How come, with our effective health authorities and all. I have asked my shop owner, why vegetables taste nearly nothing today.  We want to buy and produce cucumbers that cost nothing, are straight, tomatoes that are beautifully red and round, same size of course. Tomatoes grow in plastic bags with smallest amount of dirt itself. Everything is fertilized with chemicals. On the top of that certain seeds need certain chemicals. That brings in companies like Monsanto.

Cherry tomatoes
Why not try our own plantation on a scale that suits us. Window gardening or greenhouse cultivation. We are even free to use organic fertilizers, our friends having hobbies with horses even give it to us for free.

Plastic greenhouses can be bought or built for almost no money.

Followed by a few samples.

Small plastic green houses

This spring a great success in Paris is to sell small green house systems to balconies.

Plants on a table top.

Small plastic green-houses or plastic pipe gardens

Greenhouses leaning house wall

Bigger greenhouses for fruit trees or berries.

Cultivation outdoors.

This article is a continuous process.

My other love – Portugal

Recent trips to Southern Portugal and Lisbon.

Algarve has been a great inspirer to me. Light is perfect in springtime, vegetation is blooming and the water is clear. The reflections of turquoise sea and the ochre coloured limestone cliffs is ideal for photo shooting. The landscapes are stunning, weather one of the best, the food and drinks taste divine!

Alentejo and Algarve have been the targets with our photo shooting trips. Lots of inspiration have come also from the culture, food and Port wines. Especially fresh shellfish is easy to catch from the vast amount of fishing markets on various villages from Sagres all the way to the Spanish border.

Slide show of the pics,  My other love – Portugal

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Our “base camp” has always been on a hill of Praia da Luz. Its located perfect and the village Praia da Luz is also really nice.

Our base camp on Praia da Luz

Lagos wall, night panorama

Lagos, an old fishing and harbour near by. It is bigger with fish market harbour and shops etc.

Market place on every weekend with fresh vegetables and poultry from nearby villages. The taste of carrots, different olives, apples is something you cannot  describe. Like you were able to buy earlier, before the modern logistics on superstores.

You can buy orange trees for less than nothing, agricultural products are sold on wholesale basis.

Fresh, really fresh!

Fish is sold fresh every day from the fish market. Shell fish is offered on the opposite side of the creek from local fish companies. You can either eat there or buy shrimps, lobsters and carabaos (local herrings).

On the other side of the creek, only a little way up the hillside you find the old town with narrow streets.

Lots of shops, coffee shops and nice restaurants. On the boulevard by the creek you can really make a bargain on some local cafe´s. You pay the same prize for two beers, two good espreso´s and two local brandy´s  as you get two beers on a local English owned pub. (We still love Bulls in Luz).

Lagos is a local center where you get the most things done. Although Quarteira is the administrative center if you are needing of official or juridical help.

Sagres – Burgau – Lagos – Portimao – Albufeira – Quarteira – Faro – Olhao – Tavira, the villages and Towns on the coastline from West to East.

There is an antique castle on the harbour entrance bringing a medieval atmosphere to the Lagos.

Harbour entrance is beautiful with the medieval castle.

The old town is picturesque with small houses and really narrow streets.

Pubs and bars for every taste.  The creek starts from the castle and continues to the fishing harbour, followed with a  huge harbour for pleasure craft.  The river (Ribeira Bensafrim) continues all the way to the village Bensafrim.

The creek is really a vivid market area for local people.

Lots of good restaurants of course, offering fish and lamb dishes. You are certainly offered to buy sunglasses and leather belts by the traders from Africa.

Monchique mountains

On the top of Monchique, spring 2011
Mountain restaurant Rampa by the road to Monchique
french fries a´la country style

Monchique can be very cold and windy. The wievs are good if the  weather is clear .

Clouds often hang under the mountain top.

The road is dangerous, people are driving like Finns in a rally.

Rampa is one of the best places to eat chicken in various forms.

Alfama, old town at the top of Lisbon

Alfama on the top
Lisbon, shopping streets

Lisbon is really interesting capital with old houses well maintained. The busy market area starting from the harbour trough the triumph. Lots of smaller shopping streets crossing the base harbour level. Deep hill climbing is mandatory here if you want to see the interesting old town areas. Here the houses are more picturesque tha well maintained. You can also take the historic trams which are running dense.

Don`t miss the old trams, it’s an unforgettable trip mixed with the locals and the tourists. The trams, busses and cars all drive together in those small streets of Lisbon old town.

Alfama on the hilltop is a paradise for those who like evening activities. Good food, bars and of course Fado places. Fado is really the thing in music here. It´s not only classic old Fado singing. Modern places with lots of young people gathering with food and Fado singers.

Praia Rocca is Portugal’s most famous beach. Huge with Limestone cliffs hanging on top of your head. Beach life at its best and when you are ready to climb from the beach you are in the middle of the nightlife with many restaurants and discos.

Praia Rocca

Praia Rocha

Fine Art: Coastal gardens – Sea – Archipelago of Turku – Bold scenery

Apple tree grove, Orissaare, Saaremaa
Old stone hence, Orissaare, Saaremaa
Archipelago farm, Orissaare, Saaremaa

These tree works are from my late period working with high-speed Kodak films 800 – 1600 ASA. My affection to granular results with low light conditions is seen clearly in these works. Print work was done to heavyweight art canvas. I made these Photographs in year 2000  to Power of Color photo exhibition.

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Timelaps – Same shooting point – view and the view angle changes

A delicate approach to a fixed photo shooting position.

One could think that it would be very boring to shoot  a photo from the same point.  But  Shooting time,  Atmospheric changes,  Seasons and view angle can change the entirety.

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Photos have been taken with 300 mm – 600 mm x 2 / Tamron F 1 : 2,8  or  a 500mm x 2 refractor telescope / Celestron, F 1 : 5 .  The photo of a single cairn is taken 20 x 500 mm,  a Baader hyperion ocular, heavy vignetting occur.

Connection to the refractor
Connection rings
Refractor and ocular connection
Refractor telescope and ocular ready for the camera

Celestron is a single lens 500 mm refractor. I wanted to make  some changes to connect the camera to the refractor telescope. Camera is attached directly to the focal point with a teleconverter x2 to obtain 1000 mm lens with splendid light intensity. Camera can also be mounted  to the Baader hyperion ocular when you want to boost your focal lenght. The single lens of the refractor is not achromatic but it has a huge light intensity.

The shooting place is indoors through a window glass,  some haze and colour changes occur.

The two photos of summer and winter landscape, with 50 mm Nikkor F 1 : 1.2 glass.

The building of a 3/4 ton class boat “Suomenlahden Kone”

Framboat, Haxi 1982

Valokuvat / Photographs:  Sakari Katiskoski and Jukka Pohjola

Historia dokumentti / Historic document from the years 1982 – 1983

English text in the end of the bloc.

Framboat,  “akateeminen” veneveistämö,  jossa taidot ja innostus veneitä kohtaan olivat usein merkittävämpi osatekijä kuin taloudellinen menestys.

Pääasiassa veistämö teki Colin Archer 33´ venettä runkovalmiina myytäväksi.  Kilpavenepuolella oltiin mukana  mm. Jussi Bremerin ,  1/2 tonnari projektissa.

Kaksi 3/4 Ton class projektia Helsingin1983 MM- kisoihin:

Christian Bergenheimin ja Max Petreliuksen suunnittelema  ensimmäinen  3/4 Ton class vene valmistui Helsingin 3/4 Ton class MM:iin. Vene oli NJK:n tilaama nimeltään Suomenlahden ykkönen ja sen kipparina toimi Hjallis Harkimo.  Tästä suunnitelmasta tehtiin toisaalla toinenkin versio ristiinlaminoidusta vanerista.

S/y Suomenlahden Kone oli Ron Hollandin suunnittelema  3/4 Ton class vene,  joka myös tehtiin Helsingin MM kisoihin 1983.  Veneen uloslyönti kuvat olivat ensimmäisen kerran äärimmäisen tarkkoja  ton cupin mittasääntöihin. Veneessä oli lukuisia erittäin extreemejä  suunnittelunäkökohtia ja se tehtiin senaikaisista parhaista materiaaleista. Vene valmistettiin kokonaan kevlarista ja epoxista kaksoiskuorirakenteella balsacoren ympärille.  Finnair teki veneeseen erikois alumiinista sisärungon jossa köli roikkui ja ja jossa vantit olivat kiinni.  Mastossa oli kolme pilliä sisäkkäin ja se oli vain käsivarren paksuinen.  Mastossa oli kolmet saalingit ja kahdet bardoonat.  Sitä pystyi taivuttamaan todella paljon, joka oli tietysti tärkeää isoa säädettäessä. Venettä purjehti kisoissa Risto Ryti, Markku Wiikeri, Peter Perovuo ja Antero Kairamo.  Ron Hollandkin  käväisi Helsingissä ja oli myös purjehtimassa Suomenlahden Koneella  jonain kisapäivänä.

Yhteensä kisoihin osallistui 3 suomalaista venekuntaa, joten tätä voidaan pitää merkittävänä arvonantona pientä Framboat veistämöä kohtaan, taikka oikeammin sanottuna henkolökuntaa kohtaaan joka koostui nuorista purjehduksen entusiasteista. Emme turhaan kutsuneet veistämöämme akateemiseksi, olihan lähes jokaisella korkeakoulutausta taikka parhaillaan opinnot kesken.


History document

Framboat,  “an academic boat yard”,  where skills and enthusiasm to boats was more often a bigger element than the economical success.

The yard mainly manufactured Colin Archer 33 as hull and deck in various stages.  Framboats One off production line  was involved when e.g. Jussi Bremers S/y Tuula 7 was built.

Two projects for 3/4 Ton class  for Helsinki 3/4 ton World Championships:

First 3/4 ton boat designed by Christian Bergenheim and Max Petrelius was completed to Helsinki 3/4 ton World Championships.  S/y Suomenlahden Ykkönen was ordered by NJK (Nyländska Jakt klubben). The skipper was Hjallis Harkimo.  The boat was manufactured partly out of directional glass. Divinycell was corematerial both in hull and deck.  Isoftalic acid polyester was used.

(From these drawings another boat was manufactured elsewhere.   The material was cold laminated veneer. It was the third boat for the 3/4 Ton cup.)

The other boat that Framboat built was  S/y Suomenlahden Kone designed by Ron Holland.  The lofting was made with extreme care to Ton class regulations.  The design had numerous  details that were most extreme and it was manufactured out of the best available materials at that time. The boat was totally made out of Kevlar fibre and epoxy resin.  Core material was balsa.  Finair (the national airline company) made an inner hull out of special alumunium where the keel and the schrouds were attached.  Mast made out of three tubes, the diameter was exterme thin, only size of an arm.  The mast had three spreaders and two running backstays, so it could be tuned to give the main just the right form.  The boat sailed by Risto Ryti, Markku Wiikeri, Peter Perovuo and Antero Kairamo. Ron Holland was also present and took part in the sailing contest one day.

Together there where 3 Finish leagues in Helsinki 3/4 ton World Championships. So this can be seen as a credit to a small boatyard Framboat, or to be honest to the staff who worked in Framboat. The staff consisted of young enthusiastic sailors.  We never where wrong, when saying that we where an academic boatyard, everybody had university degree or ongoing studies.

M/y Silkkiuikku Euroopan vanhoilla vesireiteillä, Part 1.

( This old photo journey is only written in finnish )


Photo Journey Part 1. From Basel to Wiesbaden (Südliche Weinstrasse)

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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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