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Colours of Baltics

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I have an obsession. No, I’m not talking about chocolate (although I am indeed quite passionate about it, too);  I’m talking about photographing buildings. Last year on our trip to Italy I spent a good amount of time taking pictures of charming rainbow-coloured houses. So, when we travelled through Baltics this year, I again found myself pointing the lens of my camera up towards different kinds of buildings.

Here’s a glimpse of the colours of Riga and Vilnius. Both the cities were definitely worth of visiting – they are affordable, full of history and yet to be discovered by the biggest masses of tourists. Especially Riga stole my heart with the many parks, second-hand shops, cafes, market halls and museums.

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Italy

Over the past few years, I’ve been drawing postcards inspired by interesting cities and countries I have travelled to. It all started from a trip to Istanbul…

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…and continued with a tribute to my current hometown Amsterdam…Typography-Amsterdam-by-Emmi-Ojala…the overwhelmingly big and beautiful Russian city, St. Petersburg…Typography-illustration-Petersburg-by-Emmi-Ojala…my country of origins, Finland…Typography-Finland-illustration-by-Emmi-Ojala…and finally the latest addition, Italy.Typography-illustration-Italy-by-Emmi-OjalaThe whole idea of these cards was to capture the unique characteristics of the places and their culture – to show the people I would send these cards to what I had seen in these places. Backgammon culture in Istanbul, electric wires above St. Petersbur, cinnamon buns and woollen socks in Finland…What I wanted to show with the Italy-card was the typical colours and style of buildings, the food, the life by the sea and the lush Mediterranean nature. Although the card ended up quite stereotypical with its pizza A and focaccia Y, it is simply because these things are not stereotypes for nothing; you really see them everywhere!

The next city I would like to travel to and make a card of is Berlin. Hopefully I’ll get to draw some bears and pretzels sooner rather than later!

Colours of Italy

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A few weeks ago, I packed my backpack and travelled to Italian Riviera. The week I spent there (marinating myself in SPF 50 sunscreen) was wonderful. We travelled from one town to another and changed the scenery pretty much everyday, ate great pizza, amazing gelato and found the best pasta bolognese in a simple beach bar in San Remo. We walked till our feet were about to fall off, swam in the most extraordinary places between the cliffs and also got to experience an impressive thunderstorm on the hills.

I carried my camera everywhere we went and it became a bit of a thing for me to photograph the charmingly colourful old buildings. Some of them also had painted decorations on them, making it difficult to see whether the intricate frames around the windows were real or 2D paintings. Indeed, the Italians seemed to have paid lots of attention to details and the colour palette of their towns. 

Visiting the colourful villages, I couldn’t help thinking what a pity it is that the majority of Northern European cities are quite plain and colourless. It reminded me of something that happened years ago in Finland, when my parents decided to be a bit playful and had the wall of our back porch painted purple. The innocent splash of colour resulted in a disapproving comment from the officials. Luckily, the porch was facing the forest, so there was practically no-one except the squirrels to see it. Therefore, we didn’t end up having to repaint it. Of course, the case would have been different had there been another house facing our back yard, allowing our neighbours to see the purple porch. Good grief, the poor people might even have found it cheerful!

Anyway, back to Italy. Here’s a glimpse of the Italian colour palette:

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