Fashion Helsinki: Dark
Maria Baranova and Daniela Talvitie, both established photographers in the Finnish fashion circle, joined forces to create Fashion Helsinki: Light and Dark to introduce emerging Finnish designers and models to a global audience. Set up in the Old Customs Warehouse, the site of the upcoming Helsinki Design Week, the photo shoot featured top Finnish models, fashion journalists and bloggers, dressed up by leading Finnish designers. These photographs by Maria Baranova represent the Dark half of the equation.
Full publication at RAWR Magazine
Exhibited: Brooklynphoto Studio, New York, 2012
Make-up: Kata Niemi and Sonja Vanhanen
Hair: Taryn Renee Baker and Katarina Eskelinen
Models: Anette, Julia&Emilia, Helen, Nelly, Elisa, Jenni, Eric
Assistant: Jonas Sjödin
Location: Old Customs Warehouse, Helsinki
Jean Paul Gaultier styled crocheted skirt from a tablecloth? Gala gown glued together from 80Тs mens leather jackets? This Fashion story was inspired by Finnish DIY designer Outi Pyy, with her OutsaPop Trashion label she makes fashionable DIY from recycled and discarded materials. Also featuring Finnish hat designer Fiona Timantti, Brooklyn based hat label Lola Hats and Finnish accessory designers Anna Talvi and Nadia Kuu.
Photography and Concept: Maria Baranova
Fashion: OutsaPop Trashion
Model: Pasha Setrova
Stylist: Sherah Jones
Hair & Make-up: Yenni-K
Location: Secret Works, Brooklyn, New York
Tyra Therman Lingerie Fall 2012
Styling: Tyra Therman
Bondage: Tinttu Henttonen
Hair & Make-up: Satu Huikko
Model: Nelly Nilsson
Light: Jonas Sjödin
Haze: Antti Saarainen
Lola Hats Lookbook Fall/Winter 2013
Model: Stephanie Wardi/Fondi
Make-up&Hair: Takashi Ashizawa
Location: New York
REVS is a newly launched fashion/art magazine published by SECT ET SEPT. My photo series Collision, aimed to capture the precise moment just before a fight begins.
Hair & Make-up: Pentti Syrjälä
Model: Henna Tolvanen (Brand Model Management) & Siiri Selin (Paparazzi)
Location: Hotel Seurahuone, Helsinki
Published: REVS Magazine, Issue #1: Revolutions
I spent several months shooting behind-the-scenes during rehearsals for the world premier of “In Paris”, a play starring dance legend Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Published: Various international and Finnish magazines including The Financial Times, Le Figaro, Hufvudstadsbladet and Helsingin Sanomat
Exhibited: Korjaamo Culture Factory, Helsinki, 2011,
Love&Money series at Hasan&Partners, Helsinki, 2011
"Ballet is the Castle of Beauty". Group exhibition with Nina Alovert and Paul Kolnik, The Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg 2013
Solo work of butho artist Ken Mai: This human body is called a city with eleven gates. The aesthetics of butho inspire and amaze me everytime I see it.
Ken Mai and Dasha Barabanova
Location: Koko Theatre, Helsinki
Mert Otsamo Design
I worked closely with Finnish fashion designer Mert Otsamo to accurately express the unique style of his first independent collection.
Сlothes & Styling: Mert Otsamo
Hair & Make-up: Tom Wennerstrand
Model: Hiu Lume (Paparazzi)
Location:Villa Linnunlaulu , Helsinki
The Grand Parade
I documented a number of rehearsals of The Grand Parade (of the 20th century) - a swirling kaleidoscope of history inspired by Marc Chagall’s vision of humanity at play, at war, and at rest.
The Double Edge Theatre (Ashfield, MA)
Performance Kitchen (Baltimore, MD)
Arena Stage (Washington, DC)
Publications in American Theatre Magazine 4/2013 and various of US and International magazines during the tour.
Make-up & Hair: Satu Huikko
Models: Anna Gorojankina (Fondi Models), Jonas Sjödin, Olga Minina
Tyra Therman Lingerie Spring 2012
My cooperation with Finnish Lingerie designer Tyra Therman begin in 2012. In photos I wanted to unite glamorous pin-up with a modern utilitarian style.
Lingerie: Tyra Therman Hair & Make-up: Satu Huikko Models: Anna Gorojankina (Fondi Models) & Laura Pekkarinen
Linda Förstner Collection
Promotion photos for a young German fashion designer Linda Förstner. We took 60' s and made it more modern.
Сlothes: Linda Förstner
Hair & Make-up: Satu Huikko
Model: Nanna Grundfeldt (Paparazzi)
In Russian “Vera” means “Faith”. This artistic portrait series was a collaborative project with contemporary dancer and teacher Vera Lapitskaya. We explored a range of issues – from sexism, to the role and value of artists in a largely utilitarian world.
Styling: Maria Baranova Model: Vera Lapitskaya
Exhibited: Art Break Hotel, Helsinki, and Helsinki Design Week, 2010
I have a great passion for abandoned
houses and factories. Feeling of place being
lost in time, textures, colors and history behind them.
Model: Jonas Sjödin
Collaboration with Antti Saarainen
American apartment diary
This project is about my life in the USA, self-portrait’s from different places I lived in. Started as a joke, I soon realized the loneliness and the fear coming from these pictures. The feeling of something missing or being "wrong", really bothers me.
Why? Since, when there is no face or eye contact, human becomes a subject. One of the furniture items in the room. IT. Apart from the human features, it is just a surface for the light and shadows. It is present in the picture, but lacks human attributes.
I imagined myself as a furniture and asked what would be a good place for me to be placed in. Suddenly, I did not control the room anymore, the room controlled me.
Location: New York City (NY), Ashfield (MA), Santa Monica (CA), Berkeley (CA)
Sepia Photography & Design Studio
Location: New York City, USA; Helsinki, Finland
Languages: Finnish, English, Russian