Photography by Jaakko Heikkilä.
Art Consulting Scandinavia,
131 pp., 62 color illustrations., 12x10".
Lars-Levi Laestadius (1800-1861), parson, thinker and a man of strong influence, has left his mark on the mind of all those who come from the northern regions of the Nordic countries. In this work, Heikkilä walks in the northernmost Swedish Lapland, in the birth place of the Laestadian religious movement. With him he carries pictures of the parson himself and his seven preachers dating from the19th century. He finds people who are quiet, strong in their humility and who have experienced the atmosphere of prayer houses from the beginning of last century to the present day. He finds the nothern vernacular; the heavenly poetry and the life supporting full-bodied self-irony. Amazing present day portrait photography interspersed with the old pictures, the latter mounted on transparent paper with fire in the background, interesting technique - beautiful book by one of Finland's foremost art photographers.