As a child I spent all my free time with horses at the local stables of Äimärautio. At that time, the riding school were replacing their old Finnhorses, which had served in the army, with warmbloods and ponies. Among them came the Shetland ponies Tarzan and Bölle. The two of them taught me how to be with horses, and they turned me into a horseperson for good. They were a limitless joy and unfailing consolation to me. Recently, I saw a picture of all the riding school ponies with their grooms, taken 35 years ago. I was immediately able to name every pony but none of the girls alongside them. Horses continue to hold the same importance for me. Mundane chores and activities with horses are meaningful. When one is with horses, there occurs something in one’s brain and body that cannot be explained or expressed with words, something that would not happen without horses.
The series present everyday encounters in and around the stables of Äimärautio. These are encounters often hidden from the public outside of the racing times and behind the scenes of competition days. I have photographed in Äimärautio stable area during the years 2015-17. The portraits, details and landscapes explore the relationship between man and horse. They carry the atmosphere of the stables and project the way of life around horses. The detail images converse on today’s horse culture, which involves affection and care, but on the other hand humanizes the animal. The landscape of Äimärautio is the scene for both the portraits and the detail images connecting them into one entity.
Pages: 140 pages, 84 images
Size: 240 x 297
Language: English and and Finnish
Code: ISBN 978-952-68876-1-6
Edition: 1. edition 10/2018
€ 45.00 incl. VAT