"I explore the interactions, relationships and juxtapositions formed when landscape, architecture and people come together"

I am a fine art photographer
based in Turku, Finland. 

  SEACHANGE SERIES - ACTS I-V     AVAILABLE ONLINE    or at PRIMA STUDIOS Turku, Finland   Size: 31 H x 46 W x 4 D [cm] First edition out of 10, 2018 SEACHANGE, noun: a profound or notable transformation Uunisaari Island, Helsinki, Finland - Dancer: Kristiina Turtiainen Seasonal transformations sometimes coincide with internal transformations. Maybe because a change in the environment releases changes in our minds and bodies that have remained concealed. Part of my collaborative photography series of improvised contemporary dance using streets and other public spaces as stages. Art work is printed directly on brushed aluminum composite panel with UV-cured inks, signed & numbered, ready to hang with thin (8mm) but deep (35mm) white Oak Wood Frame. White parts of the image are not printed, so the brushed surface shines through with an overall metallic sheen. "What distinguishes Loikas' photographs from the crowd is technique. They are printed on aluminum sheets, making them to react with light and the surroundings in a different way than paper or other materials. The innovative use of materials may be derived from the architectural part of Loikas’ artistry." Excerpt from exhibit review by Johanna Bruun in ÅBO UNDERRÄTTELSER newspaper January 23rd, 2014 - translated from Swedish to English.

SEACHANGE SERIES - ACTS I-V

AVAILABLE ONLINE or at PRIMA STUDIOS Turku, Finland

Size: 31 H x 46 W x 4 D [cm] First edition out of 10, 2018 SEACHANGE, noun: a profound or notable transformation Uunisaari Island, Helsinki, Finland - Dancer: Kristiina Turtiainen Seasonal transformations sometimes coincide with internal transformations. Maybe because a change in the environment releases changes in our minds and bodies that have remained concealed. Part of my collaborative photography series of improvised contemporary dance using streets and other public spaces as stages. Art work is printed directly on brushed aluminum composite panel with UV-cured inks, signed & numbered, ready to hang with thin (8mm) but deep (35mm) white Oak Wood Frame. White parts of the image are not printed, so the brushed surface shines through with an overall metallic sheen. "What distinguishes Loikas' photographs from the crowd is technique. They are printed on aluminum sheets, making them to react with light and the surroundings in a different way than paper or other materials. The innovative use of materials may be derived from the architectural part of Loikas’ artistry." Excerpt from exhibit review by Johanna Bruun in ÅBO UNDERRÄTTELSER newspaper January 23rd, 2014 - translated from Swedish to English.

"Photograph is a Feeling"

Photography has always been part of me since I was a teenager. I have always been printing my work, first by traditional film process & development and now by using a digital workflow and inkjet printers. Recently I started printing on aluminum and other rigid surfaces. My prints make the photograph feel alive connecting with the viewer and also with the space where they are displayed. 

Through photography I express & explore the human condition and
its wide range of emotions. I  often collaborate with other artists
and use architecture and urban landscape as stages.

All photography copyright Vesa Loikas, please contact me for licensing.


 

BIO

Nature, landscape, architecture and people in their surroundings are close to my heart in my photography and fine art prints. Many of my photographs have been featured in books, magazines and on-line around the world. I have worked and studied in the United States and Finland. I started my studies in art & architecture in Texas in 1989 and I graduated in Louisiana in 1995. After that I worked in Minneapolis, Minnesota for six years as an architect. In 2001 I moved back to Finland where I live with my family in the historic neighborhood of Turku on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

The Old Town Hall Gallery, Turku, Finland 2014 | photo: Timo Mäkipää

ENVIRONMENT

In my Improvisations on Aluminum series, I  photograph moments of dance, which become two-dimensional compositions, kind of human statues in different environments. These photographs are then printed on large scale aluminum sheets. The result where a moving dancer becomes still and dissolves into the surroundings, particularly interests me. I am also interested in how environment and architecture influence human senses and behavior. This series was started when I received an artist residency in New York in March of 2013 by the Finnish Art Council and The Dance Centre of Western Finland.

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 🎨 Bicycle Shadow in Cathedral Square, Turku, Finland. First edition print (#1/10) on fine art paper, signed and numbered. White wooden high quality frame is 30 x 30 cm, print itself 19 x 19 cm. AVAILABLE  ONLINE

🎨 Bicycle Shadow in Cathedral Square, Turku, Finland. First edition print (#1/10) on fine art paper, signed and numbered. White wooden high quality frame is 30 x 30 cm, print itself 19 x 19 cm. AVAILABLE ONLINE

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