Culture Open Photography Trip to Koli!

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Members of the photography club pose for the camera in a group photo

On Saturday, September 26, Culture Open organized a photography trip to Koli National Park in cooperation with JoMoni Photography Club. Culture Open –project has cooperated with the Photography Club since the beginning of 2020. JoMoni (Joensuu Multicultural Association) Photography Club consists of immigrant photographers; amateurs and semi-professionals who are passionate about photography.

In early 2020 Culture Open facilitated the club’s photography exhibition at Joensuu Main Library, which was seen by over a hundred people. Culture Open and the Photography Club have also organized a series of photography-themed workshops that have been aimed at providing the club members an opportunity for inclusion and self-actualization.

This autumn’s trip to Koli provided the club members an opportunity to practice nature photography and collect material for the next photography exhibition, organized in this November, also in cooperation with Culture Open. This autumn’s cooperation has also produced one photography workshop aimed at teaching basic photography skills. Coming up are two more photography-themed workshops, as well as a Culture Open –organized master class for the club members by a professional photographer.

The weather during the trip to the Koli National Park was unusually sunny and warm for the time of year, which greatly benefited our photographers! Culture Open Project Coordinator Henna also joined the Photography Club and got a chance to test her photography skills!

At the beginning of the day, the organizers for the club; Salseng Mrong, Jerin Thamby and Janvit Tippinit, gave instructions to the club members on the routes they may take and the assignments they must complete. Members of the club then dispersed to look for inspiration in the ethereal landscape of Koli.

In the late afternoon everybody gathered at the fire pit to grill some much needed nourishment. The day came to an end with the photographers climbing up the Koli hills to take pictures of the setting sun, before heading back to Joensuu.

We cannot wait to see what wonderful images the club members have captured!


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Article photo by Salseng Mrong