Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

• unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

Over the past forty years, a sense of inner freedom allowed Arno Rafael Minkkinenu photograph themselves in various ways: sometimes curled up on the sandy beach, sometimes hanging from the cliff edge, but always naked, as he was at birth. His landscapes are constantly changing, but Minkkinen always becomes part of them, extravagantly connecting body and nature.

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

Self-portrait, 1970

Arno Rafael Minkkinen (Arno Rafael Minkkinen) was born in Finland, the child moved to the US, now lives and works in Andover, Massachusetts. Regularly participates in exhibitions and received many awards. Since 1988, the photographer works as a professor of art at the University of Massachusetts.

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

Rhode Island, 1973

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

In the last forty years has been teaching Minkkinen, the curatorial work and literatorstvom, continuing to devote his photographic force the creation of entirely self-portraits: raw images of the human figure in the natural and urban environment. Finland, Norway and Sweden, France, Italy, China and the American West - his favorite place of "hunting" for the staff.

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

Finland, 1973

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

New Jersey, USA, 1977

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

For Arno Rafael Minkkinena nudity akin to spirituality. "I do not want to be perceived as a nudist," - he says. "But there is something in the approach to the process of creation, when you are lonely walk through the forest in Finland, without clothes, in search of a good frame, climbing over rocks and moving like a monkey. Completely naked, pressing your toes into the soft ground, you feel like you were created. "

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

The reserve Fosters Pond, 1989.

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

Vaisalansaari, Finland, 1998

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

White Sands, New Mexico, 2000

From an interview with the photographer:

- When you are seriously engaged in self-portraits?

- I sent photos to the Rhode Island School of Design, and the answer came to me that I wanted to talk with Harry Callahan. He asked me: "Why do you want to come here?" And I replied: "I want to continue my work." "Excellent reasons", - he said, and two weeks later I was at the Rhode Island School of Design. My life has changed. Now, 30 years later, I continue to do the same.

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

White Sands, New Mexico, 2000

From an interview with the photographer:

- When you are seriously engaged in self-portraits?

- I sent photos to the Rhode Island School of Design, and the answer came to me that I wanted to talk with Harry Callahan. He asked me: "Why do you want to come here?" And I replied: "I want to continue my work." "Excellent reasons", - he said, and two weeks later I was at the Rhode Island School of Design. My life has changed. Now, 30 years later, I continue to do the same.

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

Self-Portrait with Christina, Val d'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy, 2008

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

- Why are you always naked?

- Arno Minkkinen: If I was on a single piece of clothing - it would be a fashion photographer. It would have been the story of the shirt, tie, jacket or shoes. ... And Nudity immediately connects me with nature. It connects with drawn water, trees, rocks. And the sky. It's just normal and natural. Also, it's always me, because I do not want to ask anyone to undress in the cold or hang from a cliff ... You have to be drawn in any weather at all times.

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

Norway, 2008

- Why do not you change direction? Why do you attach yourself to this project?

- I've always thought of it as a puzzle, a mosaic. I've already collected a part, but many pieces still on the table. The work that I could do for a living, is not unlimited. Ten years ago, I wanted to do something completely different, I thought it would be a problem that will be difficult and interesting fight. But soon I realized that the biggest problem - to solve their problem all my life, try to lay down a mosaic to see how big it is. How many pieces still left?

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

Oulunyarvi at noon Paltaniemi, Finland, 2009

Unusual self-portraits Arno Minkkinena

Eighteen stones, Dali, China, 2010

Baznikas, Puutarha, Latvia, 2011