The Finnish Museum of Photography

April 5, 2015

I started out the week with a visit to the Finnish Museum of Photography (from now on I’ll call it FmoP), I’d say it’s the same thing as Fotografiska in Stockholm, but I would be lying. One of the big differences is that Fotografiska is privately owned, whilst FmoP is an actual museum financed by the state (or that’s what I assume).

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I went there with Paulina and Vera, we had decided to meet up outside the museum at 12 o’clock, I was there 11:55, and had to spend half an hour walking around kicking stones until the other two arrived. I was pretty much pissed, and cold.

Anyway, we got in, and Paulina got me a member’s card, which basically means I can go there anytime during the next year without paying the entrance fee. The current exhibition was pretty boring, and so I don’t have much to say about it. But I like to compare it with Fotografiska, and so that’s what I’m going to talk about.

It’s a lot smaller, as in Fotografiska being three floors of a building, whilst FmoP is more like a large:ish room, with fake walls put up. They’ve also added some energy saving lights, so as you walk around, the lights turned on as you went. I almost missed a room that was so dark that I thought it was a closed-down section. The lightning setup in Fotografiska is exceptionally good, and it really frames the images perfectly, FmoP on the other hand is more like somebody just put up a bunch of images, randomly, and then hung a light from the ceiling — without really caring.

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But I guess my experience is a bit clouded, seeing as I was still cold and angry when we had gone through the museum. So the next time I visit, I’m going to go alone, where I don’t have to wait on people.

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