Taking photos of someone playing music with a Game Boy doesn't sound like something that could create cool gig photos from, but divmod really made a cool and interesting show to launch the first day of Hellsinki Industrial Festival main event.

DivMod - Photo Gallery


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ESA is the headliner for the Hellsinki Industrial Festival Pre-Club evening and this Jamie Blacker's project is the most familiar name of the whole event for me. I have seen him live at least once before and ESA has been one of my top listened artists for many years now.

Really love to get a chance to photograph artists who I also personally love and listen all the time.

ESA (Electronic Substance Abuse) - Photo Gallery


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The second to hit the stage in Hellsinki Industrial Festival Pre-Club was Jessi Frey previously known from Velcra. Later during the show they also played some familiar tunes from the Velcra past. I guess I was just too young to remember because the name Velcra didn't sound familiar, but when the band started playing some of the Velcra songs I immediately recognized all of them.

Jessi Frey - Photo Gallery


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Carnal Machinery opened up the Hellsinki Industrial Festival Pre-Club event at Kuudes Linja. The bar itself was a bit tricky to find as I haven't visited there before and the google maps location tag was in the wrong place. I like how it has a bit underground vibe with no signs or anything and how the entrance is the inside the yard in a dark corner.

Carnal machinery is a completely new name to me, but I really dig the music. The show felt like it really needs a live band for the live gigs. But Jacques Saph did a great warmup to the stage overall.

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This is my third time shooting at Neonya Party. As all of the parties I have shot have been at Tiivistämö, the place is really familiar to me already and it's getting a lot easier to know where to shoot which type of shots now. Most of the time I have my little nest on the side of the stage where I can be unseen and the corner even has a seat, so I can relax a while and go thourgh what I've been able to capture.

This event had one big bucket list artist for me and that was Proteus. My first electronic music event was Graveyard Party Vol III in 2008 and there was Proteus and Turmion Kätilöt, both who Iäve seen tens of times already, but never had a chance to shoot photos from. Now I've tackled Proteus and I still have Turmion Kätilöt left (hint hint...)
Even more special was that this was one of the last gig Proteus is doing before retiring from his DJ career.

Originally there was also supposed to play the Speed Freak, but when he had to cancel, Neonya arranged Japanese DJ Tanukichi who was playing at Praha the even before Neonya if I remember hearing correctly.

Neonya!! Party Hard Sound Halloween 2 - Photo Gallery


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I have missed the Lintsin Valokarnevaali event every year, but this time I had it on my calendar immediately after I knew the date and a week before the event Vera was looking for a photographer to shoot with her new outfit.

Vera got excited about the idea of shooting at the Valokarnevaalit and we agreed on the date. Even though the event is literally called a "light carnival" it's really dark everywhere. But I saw another photographer sharing this info on one of the many photographing Facebook groups and I packed my little flash and a couple of Godox TL60 RGB lights with me. Definitely worth carrying them with me.
Most of the carnival lights worked as a background only, but there were a few places where they lit a bit more.

The biggest challenge was the number of people there. Because the event was only for a week, the whole place was really tightly packed for almost the whole park area.
I hope this event would last maybe 3 weeks in the future to make it a bit more enjoyable for so many photographers and for the other park visitors as well.

Lintsin Valokarnevaali - Photo Gallery


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This shoot was for 501st Legion - Finnish Garrison troopers to shoot some new photos for the website and PR purposes. One of the members wanted to shoot at the Kokkovuori and I really think this wouldn't have required such specific locations, but any forest could have worked quite well. Overall the rocky terrain wouldn't be the best sniper location anyway.

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Star Wars-themed photoshoot at Espoo - Photo Gallery


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It seems most of my photography models are coming from tribal fusion dance circles and Maria Morte isn't an exception to that. She's well known Finnish dancer who teaches her own class and is also part of a dance group together with two other dancers I've done a shoot of two Anni Dohlen and Satu Eterna.

This photoshoot was probably the fastest I've ever done because just a few minutes after we began shooting the rain started pouring down. Even though my gear is mostly waterproof, the model didn't wear much clothing, and the early autumn in Finland, especially on the sea coast is really chilly. But I let her do her dance moves and I shot as many frames as I could. Even though the shoot was really fast I was able to get plenty of nice frames and had a bit of trouble choosing my favorites out of all of them.

Tribal Fusion Photoshoot with Maria Morte - Photo Gallery


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We didn't plan for this shoot to be done on pitch black night, but we had two shoots and the first one took more time than we originally thought. First, we shot some Star Wars-themed frames with Satu, and then we went back to her place to change the clothing, packed some new gear, and headed to Lauttasaari rocky coast.

When we got there it was still a nice golden sunset, but it went down so fast that we couldn't get any photos with some sunset still in the background. I think it was only a good thing because the look we got from flash-lit photos in pitch black night is awesome in my opinion. Perfectly suitable for the horror vibe I wanted to get from this witchy look.

Horror Photoshoot in Pitch Black Night - Photo Gallery


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This was my second time shooting with Kata Kombi. I gotta admit it's really easy to shoot with dancers because they can pose and they barely need any guidance at all.

Kata suggested these Stockmann ruins as the photoshoot location and I had never even heard about this place. It's not a ruin exactly, but an unfinished castle-like villa Franz G.O.M. Stockmann began constructing in 1918. The project was eventually abandoned after the Spanish flu took his wife.

The location is nice, but all the graffiti ruins the inner walls and overall there isn't really much to look for. Still it had some nice stone walls that worked nicely as an element for the photoshoot. I also took my two swords with me to this shoot. It's been a long while since I've really practiced fencing, so this shoot gave me an opportunity to have some use for them after a while.
If I had other options I'd probably have taken something more suitable for Kata because both my feeder and the longsword are from the heavier end of longswords. Fits perfectly for me, but they look huge next to Kata.

Stockmann Ruins - Photo Gallery


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