Finnish photographer Elina Simonen
Fashion and portrait photographer Elina Simonen is based in Helsinki, Finland. She takes some beautiful images and it is not difficult to see why she's so successful, both in her native Finland and also internationally.
How and when did you start with photography?
I was exited about photography as an teenager when I took portraits of my friends with Kodak disposable. I realised then the photography was the most beutifull way of capturing moments and telling stories. That let to path that I gratuated from Kent institute of art and design BA fineart.
What is your most memorable job?
Portraits of Udo Kier in cannes film festival. I connected right away with him. He was 70 year old funny, charming, charismatic man. I spent 30 minutes of taking pictures in his hotel room in the Hotel Le Majestic and after that half a day hanging with him and film journalist Kalle Kinnunen in the back street bars of Cannes waiting for the Lars Von TriesMelancholia film premiere where he was one of the main actors.
What is your best tip to any aspiring photographer?
Try to find your own visual language, it will keep your passionate and then you can develop it deeper. Assisting in high level London was my biggest schools after art university and I recommend it to everyone. It helps you to find structure to your work and you will be able to see how everyone has different way of working.
Is there anyone out there you would love to collaborate with?
There are many to but one to mention is Chloê Sevigny.
What Nordic Countries mean to you?
After living in London and UK for around eight years, my peace comes from nature and we have the nature in almost everyone's doorstep in Nordic Countries.
Where is your top Nordic favourite destination?
I love Copenhagen, I have worked there many times and I have very good connections there and people very talented and creative and we have always so much fun.
If you could be invisible for a day, where would you go to take pictures?
I never want to be invisible in the shoot as I love the the energy and feeling of the moment.
Who do you look up to, and why?
There are so many and I don’t want to name any specific. I always look up creatives who have strong visual language and presence of their own.
To see more of Elina's work, visit her website www.elinasimonen.com or follow her on Instagram @elinasimonen