Winter Games & Ruins

The last days of the year and the decade were approaching. After Christmas I decided to take a trip to my childhood home town to see my god son. It was very wintry there, and he was really happy about it. I really am not a keen fan of snow and frost, but of courseContinue reading “Winter Games & Ruins”

Going, Going, Gone

Despite having moved to the capital region, I still visited my old home town often, several times a month. During the visits I was often busy meeting friends and working. I really didn’t have much time to wander around. As I had spent a good ten years in the city, I knew a lot ofContinue reading “Going, Going, Gone”

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 andContinue reading “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. ThereContinue reading “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 designedContinue reading “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.Continue reading “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 beautifulContinue reading “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 wasContinue reading “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 filledContinue reading “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 visitedContinue reading “The Day the Chimney Fell”