Photographer's Note

There are five girls here, but probably there's a particular one that you are looking at...

They had exaggerated make-up and coloured decorations, and that was the main reason I shot them.

The event is the Spring Day celebrations, which in Finland take place on April 30 (it's a long winter up there), since Viking times, they used to celebrate the arrival of spring with bonfires through the night of that particular date.

In modern times it's a Carnival-style festivity: there are balloons and joy, people drink their first beers outside, there are clowns and masks and a lot of fun. The celebration is typically centered on plentiful use of sparkling wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Oulu is the largest city in Northern Finland (pop. 130,000).


It's an old picture (from 1989) which I was trying to "rescue".

The shot has suffered from three different processes: deterioration due to age, scanning and conversion to B&W; the resulting quality is certainly not 100%, but I thought it is hopefully good enough to appreciate this scene and moment.

I found the conversion necessary because the colors of the print had faded, and to emphasize and homogenize the expressions of the girls.

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