I´m a Finnish artist photographer living and working in a small countryside town Ylojarvi. Photographing is to me like to be a “playing child” and daily adventurer or more, it`s my biggest passion and love forever. When I`m shooting there are no ages/years, my heart will be year after year younger and I´m sure I`ll photograph even more fiercely the older I´ll be. What else, I`m an addict of natural light and very curious about life and its wonders. I always wanna go a little deeper and dig about my own rabbit hole to find my own fairytale land and secrets of my shadows and hopefully also the lighter side of my unconscious. My dreams inspire and fascinate me a lot and I try to find out how to photograph them in daylight, too. There are two men whose creativity inspires me a lot and they are film director Andrei Tarkovsky and writer Haruki Murakami. For me this is also an ongoing passionate and creative journey which teaches always something new. My motto is ” life needs more colour, joyful smiles and touch and I am always ready for sit down and have a coffee break or lunch to talk about life and photography!” I like also digital retouching and light painting and last seven years I`ve been teaching and having photography workshops for children, teenagers and adults of all ages at Pirkan opisto and media educational organization Videootit ry. Works of my students can be seen here:http://digipajat.weebly.com and http://yolophotography.weebly.com/ and at primary schools http://valokuvapajat.weebly.com/
Something said about my photos : Tim Andrews in Brighton 2018 , panel talk in part of Photo Fringe : '.........and last but not least, the great Finnish photographer, Mirja Paljakka, who spoke so movingly and with such clarity at the Panel Discussion. A deep thinker and effusive and gregarious. She looks for simplicity knowing that she will find depth when she edits the images later. She is articulate in her speech and in the presentation of her work. She adored West Wittering beach as I do. She has said many times how honoured she feels being in the show but we are all honoured by her presence.'
Philip Smith, from the jury of International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition/ Igpoty team 2012 "You have a strong personal style. You should continue to follow your own personal vision – follow the abstract and the unusual – yu have a good sense of colour" CV 2019 inEnglish to be loaded here: Cv link 2019 Mirja Paljakka (english) Look also my digital portfolio here:https://www.behance.net/mirjapaljakka