Beauty of Silence

Beauty of silence, by the photographer, Martti Jämsä.

The scene of the events is our family´s summer house, where I have photographed my own family´s summers for nine years. During my childhood the house had a shingle roof and oil lamps, now it has a sheet iron roof and electric lightning. Yet very little has changed; there is much that is still the same. The log walls hewn on site, the well varnished doors. I can still admire the work of the carpenters.

That is what is fascinating about photography. Success is facilitated above all by sunlight and warmth. My own technique of photography is close to the style of the snapshot photographers. Polaroid instant photographs represent the modern aspect in my photography. I can immediately see how I have succeeded. I rinse the films in a jar with water that I´ve carried from the lake. It´s not always clean. The scratches and marks come from me and the children handling the films when drying them in the sauna.



The summer isn’t endless in Finland, but there are almost endless summer days. On a fine summer day, Finns have an overwhelming urge to go outside and get out of town.