Hi everyone, I hope this article finds you well. Here in Finland, spring has started, with the snow melting and the first migratory birds coming back from the south (swans, geese, larks, pigeons…).
In this article:
- my new print shop
- a newsletter in the making
- Bearded reedlings in wintry Helsinki
I have had prints of my images on sale for a while, without really selling any (outside of my family at least). I want to change this, so I did a complete overhaul of my shop, focusing on three coherent bodies of work: 4 Seasons in Finland, Subantarctica and Colours of New Zealand.
In my online gallery, which you can access by clicking the links above, you will find the story behind these series, along with a selection of my best shots, carefully curated for you.
You can choose between 3 media: fine art paper, canvas or aluminium Dibond, each with different looks but always with the best quality (there are more details on my website).
Though I haven’t found the right audience for it yet, I envision this print shop as one way to fund more photographic endeavours for me in the future. Thus, if you are interested in supporting me, this is a great way to do so while also bringing the wild to your home. In addition, please do talk about me to your friends and family; who knows, they might be interested too!
As always, thank you very much for your support.
“But, Samuel, don’t you already have a newsletter?”
Well, in a sense that’s true, and you might already have a subscription if you are reading this article. What I’m trying to build is a more focused way to communicate with the persons interested in my work. Each monthly issue would cover a variety of topics, such as photography tips, inspiration from other artists, new products, awards and publications…
Importantly, I’m still planning to write blog posts to tell my story: excursions reports, location guides… all with a lot of images! This is not going anywhere (or well, technically it’s going somewhere, which is the newsletter. Eiwawar, the blog as you know it now, will probably not have new updates after December).
In the end, it will be a way for me to centralize my communication with you all, and interact more and better. As I start this new chapter, I would be very interested in hearing what kind of content you want to receive, so please reach out, either by commenting at the bottom of this article or by sending me an email. You can already subscribe to my new newsletter; you will receive a welcome email, just reply to it and tell me what you think 🙂
To subscribe, click here.
Many thanks, and welcome!
In the beginning of the year, my friend Alwin, from Joensuu, reached out to me with an idea. He wanted to come to the coast to photograph Bearded reedlings (Panurus biarmicus), a species difficult to find in Eastern Finland.
We arranged this in February, a time when the sea was frozen, thus allowing easy access to the birds. They live in reedbeds, wet lands hard to explore at other times of the year. Fortunately, we got a great winter in Helsinki this year, and the weather was perfect (though quite cold to spend a whole day outside).
Bearded reedlings are not shy. As they bounced from reed to reed, eagerly eating the seeds at the top, they let us approach very close, and frame them in creative ways. Of course, working in such a well-known location, we had to share the space with many other photographers, sometimes rude and selfish ones, but most of them stayed half an hour and then left, so we often had the birds all to ourselves (Mia, from Tampere, join us there).
Here is the best of those few outings. Male reedlings have a classy black moustache, while females have a more simple look 🙂
Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments 😉