ABOUT THE ARTIST / PAULA HAAPALAHTI
I love to observe my surroundings by photographing randomly in nature and urban cities. I would like to show the world through my eyes.
I want so share the feeling, the touch, the smell and the joy of everyday life. As a personal journey I’ll try to learn from my experiences and to see beyond the surface.
I try to connect my inner thoughts visually into my work and to catch the things as they are in the moment. No more, no less.
"There's something significant and beautiful in this world which always surprises me... in particular: kindness, love, compassion and gratitude will never lose their relevance"
2010–2016 Open Art School Helsinki
2005 Marketing Institute, Public Relations Manager, MTi
1995 Marketing Institute, Marketing Examination, MKT
1985 Marketing Institute, Sales Technician
1982 Marketing Institute, Marketing Assistant
1974 Finnish-Russian School, Matriculation
Courses & mentoring
2020 Filming analog, Mörk, Helsinki 2020
2019 Creative photography, Porkkala 2019
2018 -19 Photography mentoring , Katseen konsultit
2018 Darkroom tuition, Helsinki, Mörk
2016 Photography tuition Paris, France, Katseen konsultit
2016 Darkroom tuition, Helsinki, Värinä
2012–2015 Private art & photography mentoring by professional artist
1997–2008 Evening art studies in Art School Maa and Vantaa Adult College.
1990-1993 Hong Kong Art Center and privat art tuition.
1990-2014 Multiple IT-courses and seminars & entrepreneur-courses.
2018 Valokuvataiteilijoiden liitto ry VTL (Photographyartists Association)
Suomen Taiteilija seura (STS)
Suomen Pimiötaiteilijat ry (Mörk)
2017 Kameraseura ry, Suomen Kameraseurojen Liiton (SKsL)
Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographiquen (FIAP)
Vantaan Fotokerho ry
Represented and member
15th Pollux Award, Honorable mention, UK, Spain 2020
14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Honorable Mention, UK, 2019
LYNX2019, “Top 70”, selected artist to 1 exhibition, Italy, 2019
Woman Art Award, Musa International art space, Italy, 2019
Circle Foundation of Arts (CFA) Excellence Award, 2019
12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Honorable Mention, UK, 2019
MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards, Honorable Mention portfolio, 2018
11th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, finalist, UK, 2018
LYNX2017, “Top 70”, selected to 2 exhibitions, Italy, 2017
VirartGallery, online exhibition Prize, New York, USA 2017
LYNX2016, “Top 50”, selected to 4 exhibitions, Italy, 2016
PH21 Gallery- International Photography Award (Honorable Mention), Budapest, Hungary, 2015
Premio della Critica, Palermo,Italy, 2015
VirartGallery, online exhibition Prize, New York, USA 2015
IPA- International Photography Award (Honorable Mention), One Shot: Home USA, 2015
All Women art, online exhibition SR (Special Recognition), Light & Space & Time Gallery, FL, USA 2015
“Top 40 “LACDA, one of the 40 winners, Los Angeles Center of Digital Art, LA, USA, 2014
The 4th Place Award winner, online exhibition “Landscapes Near and Far”, Leading Artist Gallery, USA, 2014
Figurative art, online exhibition SR (Special Recognition), Light & Space & Time Gallery, FL, USA, 2014
2017 September–October| Cite Internationale des Arts Paris, France, (1.9.–27.10.2017 as an selected artist)
2014 September–October| Cite Internationale des Arts Paris, France, (22.9.–22.10.2014 as a visiting artist)
Works in collections
Independent Artstis EU, Milano, Italy
Museums: European Art Museum, Denmark. permanent collection
LACDA, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, LA, USA permanent collection
Private collectors: UK, Finland
Donations to PSP organisation USA, Parkinson charityevent Italy.