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HANNU HAUTALA - THE SON OF THE FOREST

THIS EXHIBITION IS OVER

On the event day (15 March), Haltia will open The Son of the Forest, an exhibition introducing the life work of celebrated Finnish nature photographer Hannu Hautala. In the Haltia Hall during the event day, Hautala will provide background information for the works of the exhibition, and has stories aplenty from throughout his long and distinguished career. 

The exhibition starts from 1966, when Hautala, who is now 73-year-old, did his first significant work. He has handpicked the 49 photographs included in the exhibition, one from each year of his career up until the present. The photographs feature local birds and animals, seasons, and light and shadows. 

The event inludes the launch of a book celebrating Hautala’s life work, Hannu Hautala, Metsän poika (Haunnu Hautala, the Son of the Forest), published by Metsäkustannus Oy. In addition to nature photography, the publication includes biographical information about the photographer and an overview of the history of nature photography. 

The Son of the Forest (Metsän poika) is an exhibition introducing the life work of celebrated Finnish nature photographer Hannu Hautala. This extensive retrospective exhibition pays tribute to Finland’s natural wonders and Hautala’s remarkable career, but does so without being too formal. The exhibition was open until April 6th 2015.

 

A sense of humour helps when coping with the tougher aspects of nature photography, and joy travels together with thankfulness.

Hannu Hautala skiing through a snowy Northern landscape

 

“If they are lucky, people may find one crane’s nest in their lifetime. I have found one almost every year,” says nature photographer Hannu Hautala.

 

“I often wonder if any life could be fuller or happier than a nature photographer’s life at its best. I’m my own boss, and with this freedom comes happiness. And one of the reasons for this happiness is that a hobby has become a career.” The Son of the Forest exhibition begins in 1966, when Hautala, who is now 73 years old, took his first significant photograph. The exhibition includes 49 photographs, one from each year of his career up until the present.

 

The photographs feature local birds and animals, seasons, and light and shadow. The exhibition also displays some nature photographer’s tools: a hide and various vintage cameras.

 

Hautala emphasises that you need to know the area in which you are working and the habits of the various species to succeed. The achievements that have earned him both national and international acclaim have required not only skill but also resourcefulness and patience. 

 

“As soon as I got into the hide I fell asleep. When I woke up, shivering from cold, I felt really miserable as I was soaking wet, lying in a pool of water. As I rolled over half asleep, the sleeping bag just sloshed and squelched. I started getting some dry clothes from my backpack. I was completely naked in the tiny hide. Right then the ravens announced the arrival of an eagle. I didn’t have much choice. Naked in the puddle, I moved behind the camera and started working,” says Hautala, describing a moment in his life in the bird-watching hide. 

 

Hautala’s life work is also celebrated in the book Hannu Hautala, Metsän poika (Hannu Hautala, the Son of the Forest), published by Metsäkustannus Oy. The publication provides a cross-section of the photographer’s life and career and an overview of the history of Finnish nature photography. 

 

The Son of the Forest continues the series of Haltia’s special exhibitions. The first in the series was the popular Luonnos exhibition that showcased modern Finnish design inspired by the nature of Lapland. This exhibition attracted some 50 000 visitors.