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Click here for the answers from VII members Anush Babajanyan, Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Nichole Sobecki and John Stanmeyer, and VII Mentor Program photographer Arnau Bach.
The Spirit of Sauna
by Esa Ylijaasko / VII Mentor Program
You’re watching the red moon rising from the east under the northern lights while your sweaty body is still in shock after sitting in a hot and steamy tent. A bat hunts at shore of a lake – you’re connected with the mother nature.
A myth says that saunas have a power of healing. People use to heal themselves self by whipping their bodies in steamy saunas with birch whisks usually. You thank the spirit with a ritual when you throw heat on the huge pile of hot stones – calling the spirit of Sauna.
Not even a long time ago people use to give births in saunas – some would also take the last journey there.
Sauna is a sacred place to all Finns. The architecture reminds one of a religious buildings. It’s a religion. We build saunas in the most creative ways… in a car, a boat, a tent or even a train. It’s the first thing we build in a new home, it’s the first thing we do after a long trip. It’s a temple where everybody is equal. All undressed and naked. Men and women. It’s confessional where the sins are washed away.
VII is excited to announce one of the most transformative evolutions in its history. The agency has added to its fold a diverse and polymathic group of photographers, filmmakers, and educators who will help steer the agency into the next period of its storied life.
The new members are Anush Babajanyan, Zackary Canepari, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Ziyah Gafic, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Ruddy Roye, and Nichole Sobecki. They will join current members Jessica Dimmock, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Ed Kashi, Stefano De Luigi, Christopher Morris, Maciek Nabrdalik, Franco Pagetti, and Tomas van Houtryve.
Joining them as emeritus members are Dr. Paul Lowe, Daniel Schwartz, Maggie Steber, and Sara Terry. They will join current Emeritus members Joachim Ladefoged, Antonin Kratochvil, Gary Knight, John Stanmeyer, and the Estate of Alexandra Boulat.
If you’re in new York City, join Christopher Morris, Ron Haviv, and Ashley Gilbertson for “Photojournalism Outside the Box” on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at PhotoPlus Expo. In this seminar, VII photographers will explain how they have used alternative approaches to support and execute their projects and will motivate attendees to find their own successful path to a sustainable career as a photojournalist.
This weekend, Ali Arkady of the VII Mentor Program won the Prix Bayeux-Calvados Award for his project “Kissing Death.”
About “Kissing Death”: What began for Arkady as a positive story about Shia and Sunni Iraqi soldiers fighting on the same side against a mutual enemy, turned into a horrific journey that included torture, rape, killing and thieving of innocent Iraqi civilians by the ERD.
Take a look at the project here.