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Nearsightseeing

I got my glasses when I was about ten. From there it took over thirty years before I was hit by the thought of thinking about my myopia as something else than a limitation. One evening, as I was out walking, it suddenly hit me. What good could there be in being nearsighted? I looked around me over my glasses and concentrated in what I really saw. I saw colors. I saw lights. I saw an abstract environment as if I was totally engulfed by bokeh. And I loved it! Suddenly I realized that I can see, without the help of my camera, what would look good as a blurry image.

Exploring this new understanding of my vision disorder lead to a whole lot of experimenting. One project, which I call Nearsightseeing, started out as documentation of places in my hometown as I’d experience them without my glasses. I shot multiple exposures in twilight to catch a rich tapestry of blurry tones and light bubbles including both a bit of natural light and urban artificial lighting.

 
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Töölönlahti, 2009
 
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Kruunuvuoren selkä & Suomenlinna, 2010
 
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Aleksanterinkatu (Apr 10), 2010
 
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Independence Day – Hietaniemi Graveyard War Graves, 2009
 
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Töölö Railway Halls, 2010
 
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Merihaka, 2010
 
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Mechelininkatu & Maria Hospital, 2010
 
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Länsiväylä Bridge, 2009
 
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Helsinki Central Railway Station, 2009
 
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The Sibelius Monument, 2009
 
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Pink House On The Hill, 2010
 
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The Olympic Stadium & The Ice Hall, 2010
 
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View Over Helsinki From The Olympic Stadium Tower, 2009
 
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A Distant Light, 2009
 
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Sunset Over Seurasaarenselkä, 2011