For this edition I chose the wonderful photographer Tomi Pajunen from Finland.
His photos show many aspects of life, from urban life to landscapes, from people to flowers, you find everything in his wonderful photos.
- Please, tell us something about yourself. -
I'm 43 year old, married and have two daughters. I live in a small town in Southern Finland.
I've worked for a big IT company for 13 years. In my leisure time I take photos,
listen to music, play guitar or watch movies, sometimes travel with my family.
- When did you start to take photos? And how influenced it your life over the years? -
I had an old film camera, when I was about 10 years old, but I wasn't excited about photography
at the time. I was more interested in drawing and such.
Many years later in 2005 I bought my first digital compact camera and began to be more and more interested in photography instead of drawing, digital art or photomanipulations. My first DSLR camera I purchased only in 2011.
- Which photographers influenced you? -
I get ideas from photos I see on deviantART or from music or movies. My late
father used to take a lot of photos in 1970's when I was a child and maybe that's why
I miss the 1970's and its color scheme. It can be seen in some of my photos.
I must admit that I don't know any famous photographers and because of that they
haven't influenced me. I don't consider myself a Photographer, but just an ordinary
guy who likes to take photos.
- What do you enjoy photographing most? -
I like to take photos of many different things, but I guess I like most taking urban and rural
scenery photos. In street photography I try to take photos so that people are not clearly
recognizable, because I want to respect other people's privacy.
- What equipment do you use? -
Nowadays I use Canon EOS 550D + EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (kit lens) and Samyang 8mm Fisheye + circular polarizer filter. I edit my photos with Paint Shop Pro 7 and Dynamic Photo HDR.
- Please choose 1-3 photos you have taken and explain why they are special to you. -
Because this group #ThePeopleAvenue is about people photography, I chose these 3 photos with people in them.
"Melancholia" - this photo is taken in July 2012 on our holiday on a summer cottage.
That's my older daughter standing at the end of the pier. It was so quiet and peaceful there and the
sunsets were beautiful.
"Rendez-Vous" - My younger daughter staring at a horse in the summer of 2006.
"Eye Over London" - Good memories from our trip to London in 2011.
- Do you have a tip for other photographers? -
Well... Keep your camera with you as often as possible, you never know what
interesting things you may see next. And be sure to take a backup of your photos,
I almost lost mine once.
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in behalf of the TPA-Teams