Wildlife Photographer & Author
Mika Honkalinna (born 8 August 1964 in Anjala) is a Finnish wildlife photographer and an author. He was born and in Kymenlaakso, South-East Finland, where he lived much of his life, but at the moment he lives in Liminka, in North Ostrobothnia.
THE TAIGA OF NORTHERN FORESTS AND THE LIGHT OF SNOW
My photos and my stories are born in the midst of northern coniferous forests and swamps and often in the middle of northern winter, snow and ice, inspired by the survival and the aesthetics of winter. Most often, my illustrated stories are intertwined around the relationship between men and nature and the attempts to understand them. The sharp fluctuation of seasonal variations, the polar night in the winter, the light summer nights and the multi-faceted landscape of Fennoscandia create fascinating conditions for photographing and spending time outdoors.
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WHERE THERE’S A SWAMP
Salla, Koiransuolikkoaapa, July 2022.
The swamp is wild and strange – but familiar at the same time. Some kind of an intermediate state between water and solid land. The arrival at a vast swamp clearing stops for a moment and makes one to weigh their strengths and the weather – and to question the point of going to the swamp in the first place. The swamp demands a lot but it also gives a lot. It measures the vigour and the perseverance of the wanderer. With the exception of the cloudberry season in the high summer, these days, there are surprisingly few wanderers in the swamps where there are no duckboards.