Markku Honkala photography – an eye for moments
A casually serious professional photographer and photo-journalist based in the city of Oulu in Finland, travelling internationally for contracted photo & article gigs. I’m part-time professional, taking on commissioned work from corporate and consumer clienst, so please contact me in your photographic needs and print work.
Accomplishments so far
1. I’m a contracted photographer for STT/Lehtikuva’s photo bank, a leading Finnish image agency owned by the largest media companies. 2. My first big-time feature article with photography from Italian exclusive classic motor Concours d’Elegance show appeared in Tekniikan Maailma magazine (edition 16/2017), a leading Nordic motoring and technology magazine by Otava Media. 3. My first solo exhibition ‘Shoeman Nature’ was presented at the Northern Photography Centre in Oulu, Finland during February 2017. 4. My photograph from the Italian classic car show was shortlisted as a finalist in Kings of Concours photos by Classic Driver Instagram competition, awarding me an invitation to come and photograph for the Royal Concours of Elegance in Hampton Court, London in September 2017. 5. I’m working on a regular basis with corporate and personal clients.
I need to photograph, so I do. I want to take pictures, it’s in me, so I do. I guess something inside me is shaped or has been shaped to visually approach the world through a hybrid viewfinder; my mind, eyesight, then a photographic apparatus. So I do, as I cannot not do. Photograph.
I’ve been photographing since teenage. University years got me more into b&w and working in darkroom, developing my own film and prints, and getting active in Uni Camera Club as a secretary. Theoretically speaking, I took Visual Communication Studies as my minor while majoring in Organizational Communication & PR.
So, I guess I’ve been around a while, but then job & family life and the early digital photo era took over, and I became somewhat more passive with photography. Looking back on it, I never really warmed into early digital SLRs, the consumer models that were affordable enough lacked something and felt too digitized, couldn’t emotionally really bond with them at all. Pro Digi SLRs were crazy expensive, still are.
But then came a revelation, a company that I could really bond with, with photographic tools that are nearly soulmates. Fujifilm X100S got my heart pounding, lured me back into filmlike days with beautiful tones and tools, dials and settings to match my needs. I’m a Fuji X-series camera lover for sure. Sure, it’s only a tool, but the tool needs to be right for your hand and mind, to sync with your inner viewfinder. I’m now shooting with e.g. Fuji X-T2, X-Pro2 and X70 with a host of prime lenses, and with them I feel my creativity and productivity has grown in leaps and bounds, my passion has been rekindled. I’m hoping to transfer some of that heart and soul into my images.
You can reach me through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by request in person in Finland, cities of Oulu & Helsinki being my main locations. I do speak Finnish, as well. 🙂
Field of view
I shoot stills, street, architecture, motors & vehicles, landscapes, portraits, products, documentary weddings too. I’m open to photographic commissions, collaborations, challenges, and contacts. I write articles in Finnish and English to accompany my photography. Contact me, and let’s see what photogenic magic could happen!
Go ahead and check my Instagram account for recent photo updates!
” I think I’ve said this before many times—that photography allows you to learn to look and see. You begin to see things you had never paid any attention to. And as you photograph, one of the benefits is that the world becomes a much richer, juicier, visual place. Sometimes it is almost unbearable—it is too interesting. And it isn’t always just the photos you take that matters. It is looking at the world and seeing things that you never photograph that could be photographs if you had the energy to keep taking pictures every second of your life.”
– Saul Leiter