An Empty Castle

Towards the end of the year I visited Riga. It wasn’t my first time in the town, and I even managed to book a hotel room from the same side of town as on my previous visit around two years previously. As I had been here before, I knew all the bars, restaurants, museums andJatka lukemista ”An Empty Castle”

The Lights Are On, But Hopefully There’s No One Home

A few days after they started demolishing the old school with the lights still on, I noticed that another well published demolition site had commenced. For years there had been plans to build a hotel in the marketplace of Oulu next to the market hall. The plans had been drawn, yet nothing had happened. ThereJatka lukemista ”The Lights Are On, But Hopefully There’s No One Home”

The Workers’ Institute That Vanished Again

When the workers’ institute moved away from the premises, where I photographed in 2014, 2016 and 2017, it was given new spaces in a former school. Built originally in 1964 as a secondary school and high school, it was enlarged in 1968 and 1972. A curious detail about the building was that it was designedJatka lukemista ”The Workers’ Institute That Vanished Again”

Just Came to See if You Were Still Around

Although I quit photographing and exploring abandoned places after my disappointment with the quality of my photos, I never lost interest towards the world of the abandoned. When I decided to spend the new year in the same city where I made a road trip the previous summer, it was clear where I would go.Jatka lukemista ”Just Came to See if You Were Still Around”

Stop The Press Part III

Another slightly more exotic area was the area of the executives of the company. This cabinet was behind the canteen. A former meeting room. Red fabric and dark wood were the dominant colours of this area of the building. If I’m not entirely mistaken, this was where the CEO sat. The third floor had beautifulJatka lukemista ”Stop The Press Part III”

Stop The Press Part II

On the third floor was some sort of a representation lobby, which was far more luxurious than the lobby downstairs. During the last days of the building’s use all kinds of stuff distributed for free to the employees were located here. The corridor looks much scarier than it used to be. To the right wasJatka lukemista ”Stop The Press Part II”

Stop The Press Part I

The demolition of Kaleva Print was just the beginning of changes on the premises. The headquarters of newspaper Kaleva was still located in the older part of the complex, which was still standing. Every morning we went to work to a building, which had an intact facade, but the backside was a massive water filledJatka lukemista ”Stop The Press Part I”

The Day the Chimney Fell

The newspaper said that the battle was over. The forest giant owning the old Martinniemi sawmill’s power station was given permission to demolish it along with the huge chimney, which had been the landmark of the village for close to a hundred years. I found the place in 2011, photographed there in 2014 and visitedJatka lukemista ”The Day the Chimney Fell”

White House Comes Crumbling Down

A new year, but sadly nothing new in terms of adventures. The massive rebuilding of the city of Oulu continued. Almost every single meeting of the city council included several new plans, where old parts of the city was demolished to make way for new buildings, mainly apartments. And this included places abandoned at anJatka lukemista ”White House Comes Crumbling Down”

Just a Hole in the Ground

Winter approached Finland. Leaves fell off trees, daylight vanished. The world was dark, grey, cold and dull. To keep depression away I booked a ticket on a large student cruise. The cruise was from Turku to Stockholm, but it was just half of the fun. The organizing university was in Jyväskylä, so I travelled there,Jatka lukemista ”Just a Hole in the Ground”