1/07/2015

THE COLDEST OF SEASONS


Photographer: Sara Lehtomaa
Model: Meri / FashionTeam
Makeup & Styling: Sara Lehtomaa


This series is a reflection on the coldest of seasons - winter. One that we are currently experiencing up north here in Finland. With the infinitely gray sky hiding behind it our life force, a great wave of depression washes over the whole population, a phenomenon we call kaamosmasennus in Finnish. Thanks to it, at times we may feel like simply sinking into hibernation. Especially since the Finnish winter occupies most of the year. Gloominess and sadness lives within many of us, getting a chance to take over whenever we aren't subduing it with things that bring joy to our lives. The smoke represents that joy temporarily leaving, and the fabrics wrapping the model are the mantle of gloom beating us to the ground holding us down, most of the time defeating our resistance.

        Ok, I may be slightly overdramatizing the subject but this temporary depression caused by winter is very real. The freezing cold, the lack of sunlight, and people staying inside avoiding to face these things (and hence a slight decline in socializing) are real. And when overdosed they don't exactly have a positive effect on the human psyche. But like everything in this world, this issue isn't black and white. One of the good things about having to endure these things is the huge appreciation of summer that one gains with it. The excitement and amount of enjoyment that one experiences after six months of hell (as I like to put it) is really overwhelming. One of the reasons why I actually like living in a country with all four seasons. It's just that when you're on the third month and halfway through the misery, you can't help but wish that it was just a little bit shorter.


14 comments:

  1. They are pure art. I´d love them in my home, framed in simple black or white. Perfect.

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    1. Oh my, so glad to hear that you're of that opinion! Thank you! I appreciate it :)

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  2. samaa mieltä edellisen kanssa! upeat sielukkaat kuvat. kaamossielut ymmärtävät!

    ps, oon eksynyt aivan liian harvoin sun blogiin, olet mun mielestä hyvin tyylikäs ja selkeästi kovin lahjakas kuvaamaan :---)

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    1. Huh kiitos kiitos! Ihana kuulla :):)

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  3. Ihastelin näitä jo fb:ssä, niin upeita!!

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  4. even though i live in australia and our winter isn't anywhere near as severe as yours, i definitely still get the winter blues. i'm a summer person through and through and i just don't think i could cope with a real northern european winter! i went to iceland in the summer and it was cold enough for me!

    jessica - littlehenrylee.com

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    1. Haha, yeah, it isn't really all that much fun :D Coldness and misery is ok every once in a while but 6 months is seriously too much!

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  5. hui että miten hienoja kuvia!!!

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    1. Kiitos jälleen! :) Kävin btw kurkkaamassa sun blogia ja tykästyin kovasti sun uusimpaan asupostaukseen, aivan mahtava asu!!!

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