Pasi Räsämäki

Originally I am from a small place in Central Finland. Both of my parents had their family background in handicrafts. In his heart my father was a communist, although he sang in a choir together with the upper class folks. I didn't become a tailor, like I should have. I was an angry young man. I felt I had a mission, and I was supposed to make everyone else aware of the evils and inequalities of the world.

The people in my pictures are my nearest and dearest: my children, my students, and my partner. Nowadays I live in the Eastern part ofFinland, North Karelia.  The world looks different from this perspective compared to when I was still living in Helsinki. Everything here in Joensuu, the city I live in, is small and handy: distances are short and housing is more affordable. I can easily visit the library and the tax office during my lunch hour. The time it takes me to bring my kid’s to their hobbies can be counted in minutes, not hours.

My life is split in two. There is the week I spend with my kids, followed by the week when their lives are elsewhere. My partner lives on the other side of the country and I spend a lot of time on trains and in my car.  There are a lot of in-between -moments in my pictures; plenty of waiting and traveling. My life is happening in so many different places and it makes it appear crowded and busy — although actually I’m in no hurry.

At the moment I feel my brain is functioning well and I’m in good shape. Of course, being in my fifties, I worry about loosing it all. I also worry about my children, about their future. On top of this, the society appears to be disintegrating in some way – at least it’s falling behind from what I once hoped it could be.  It seems like equality is a concept that’ s slowly being forgotten.