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  1. Who asks for the road doesn’t get lost (2019)

    There is an old Finnish adage, “Ei kysyvä tieltä eksy”. It means, “Who asks for the road doesn’t get lost”.

    While these photographs were taken by walking around Helsinki and the suburbs, exactly this old saying kept on buzzing depicted the very Finnish nature of living where beauty lives with a subtle introvert mind. It also nicely goes with my personal nature where a certain phenomenon is felt from a distance. The streets and buildings once suffered a brutal war with massive devastation offer a polite and respectful gesture to everyone without saying anything.

    As famous Ukrainian/Russian poet Anna Akhmatova once described about this place,

    "This land, although not my native land,
    Will be remembered forever.
    And the sea's lightly iced,
    Unsalty water.

    The sand on the bottom is whiter than chalk,
    The air is heady, like wine,
    And the rosy body of the pines
    Is naked in the sunset hour.

    And the sunset itself on such waves of ether
    That I just can't comprehend
    Whether it is the end of the day, the end of the world,
    Or the mystery of mysteries in me again."