Category: VII Mentor Program

We asked Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter followers to submit questions about fake news as it relates to photojournalism for the next installment of 7 with VII where VII photographers answer your seven questions.

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

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.

Photo from Kissing Death by Ali Arkady

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.

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