From Zero to Sixty

Vilho Setälä: Syyssumu, Helsinki 1939. Suomen valokuvataiteen museo.

“Showing movement and physical exercise means both man and camera have to be ready for action,” photographer, non-fiction author and researcher Vilho Setälä (1892–1985) writes in his book Valokuvaus tieteenä ja taiteena (Photography as Science and Art, 1940). Another challenge is capturing slow, imperceptible motion, such as that of a steamship gliding through early-morning mist. The movement is amplified by the sloping boom in the foreground, which, together with its mirror image, forms an arrow pointing in the direction the ship is heading.

Vilho Setälä, Fascination of speed, 1936, gelatin silver printsVilho Setälä, Fascination of speed, 1936, gelatin silver prints

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For Jouko Leskelä (b. 1956), street photography means snapping pictures freely and staying alert while he is in the street. This picture was taken while the photographer was walking down the Esplanade in downtown Helsinki.
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