Photo: © Minna Hatinen 2015

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I was born in Finland in the late seventies, to the glow of gaudy wallpapers surrounded by snow. I grew up in a small town called Jyväskylä and grew up some more in Helsinki, the capital. Now I live in Seattle with my husband and two sons.

In photography I'm motivated by the diversity of emotions and their expression. For me photography is a wordless, creative, passionate communication of humanity and different perceptions of art.

I am inspired by people and especially by the invisible - human destinies, relationships, the emotional connection between people, feeling of danger and threat, and on the other hand sensuality, love, friendship, family, nurture, and caring.

In my photos I want to explore objects, details, the natural world with its reflections and shadows, as well as buildings.  Also the world of music and theatre, clothes, especially vintage, and the ruggedness of life are things from which I draw intensity to my photographic expression.

My passion is to look at life in two different ways. One is surreal and abstract, the other is to portray life in as real and honest way as possible.                                                                                                 

                                                                                              -Marika Pentikainen