I was born in a small town of Narva in Estonia which at the time was part of the former USSR. The childhood memories that stayed with me are those of my classmates singing the Soviet Pioneer song and those of my teacher checking the length and the tidiness of our fingernails. This discipline is entrenched in my character until today.
I also have wonderful memories of the beauty of my home country with its endless pine forests, countless marshes, bogs and lakes. I would spend the whole summer weeks by the lake in the forest log cabin with my parents and my two sisters.
The years have passed and I have chosen Canada as my home. Nevertheless, the course of my childhood has shaped my approach to photography. I am drawn to serene landscapes and to the bodies of water which capture purity, life and beauty. Photographing landscapes is my form of meditation; it is my moment of pure well-being.
I am also drawn to portrait photography. I take pleasure in photographing people at home in their environment where nothing is taken out of context. The feeling of tranquility is what I try to capture and the home environment becomes a landscape.