Images: Eeva Mäkinen Words: Melanie Kettner & Eeva Mäkinen-
Eeva Mäkinen is a photographer and a professional wilderness guide from Finland. Her passion is the wilderness and for her happiness is all about freedom. It’s also about waking up in places where you start smiling as soon as you open your eyes. That’s where she would love to take us – either via her pictures or in real life. She is a slow living traveling guide with the focus on senses and stories.
Eeva: ” Yep, once again I left my comfy hotel room and escaped to the wilderness. I bet my laptop enjoyed the warm bed.The hike was pretty intense though. The path was icy and included some stairs, actually 300 of them. All covered with 1 meter of icy snow. Not my cup of tea to climb them with my 20kg heavy backpack on but there was no way to return. I just had to keep on going. The nights were well worth the pain. The bruises were nothing compared to the total silence and tranquility what I got when spending the nights over here.”
Eeva told me, that her strong connection with nature helps to create the images she dreams about. It’s difficult for her to stay several days in the wilderness alone. Sometimes it’s very scary to feel this intense loneliness in wild nature, especially at night, she said. But she has become a stronger person after dealing with those feelings. I asked her what the word freedom means to her and she said, that freedom is the most important feeling in her life, she loves choosing the direction she wants to go, without schedules pushing her. Being alone gives her a sense of freedom. Eeva:”How often do you spend a night by yourself? And how often do you think about doing it? Nowadays I do this a lot. I really love it. Sometimes I get a bit scared of noises outside of my tent but I got used to it. I also got used to staying alone in the darkness.”
I was alway fascinated by the sky in the wild nature with all its stars, you hardly can see in the city with all its light pollution. Eeva said that for her it feels rewarding when you see how different the same nature looks during day and night. Especially exciting are the Northern Lights, Aurora borealis. This magic light scenery is one of the wonders of this amazing planet. It’s like a celestial dance with moving lights in different colours across the night sky.The dancing lights are due to collisions between electrically charged particles of the sun that enter earth’s atmosphere, they are seen above the northern and southern poles.
One night Eeva was on a shooting trip and she decided to hike up to see what she could get from there. The night started extremely windy and she get scared. Nonetheless she tried to keep her focus on taking pictures. But there was something that made her nervous of staying there. After a while she went outside from her tent and talked to nature and herself. Suddenly it was all calm, her feelings and the wind.
© all pictures with kind permission Eeva Mäkinen
In the past Eeva studied photojournalism and Traveling Management. At the moment Eeva works also a freelance writer and photography guide. She lived in USA and Mexico and visited over 60 countries so far. She dedicated 2017 to traveling in Finland and finding beauty there, at the moment she is in Norway. Next year she will get back to traveling the world – not forgetting home though. Learn more about her impressive work here and here.
What a courage Eeva has! Have a beautiful week my dear readers! Hope you are in a relaxed mood! Take care! Melanie Kettner