Elli Maanpää

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Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

Inspired by Nature

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I am so inspired by nature.

This is not the first – nor the last – time that I talk about the inspiration I get from the nature. Last year I made blog post about a Inspiration From The Forest and I’ve shared my nature photographs here in the blog every once in a while.

So soft // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

So soft // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018

Us Finns have a special relationship with nature. I think we blessed in the sense that there is so much nature to explore. Our country is vast without large amount of population. So you don’t have to bike far from the city centre to find the blossoming wilderness.

Tiny light // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

Tiny light // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018

Last week – since the weather has been too good to stay indoors – I biked to Pomponrahka. It’s a nature reserve about seven kilometres from the Turku Market Square. I took my Olympus Pen Lite E-PL5 digital camera along. I snapped these photographs from the hike.

Stars of forest at Pomponrahka // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

Stars of forest at Pomponrahka // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018

The place is amazing. Even though the area isn’t very big it has many different landscapes. Walking on those duckboards is always new experience. The view keeps on changing on every step on the way.

Duckboards at Pomponrahka // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

Duckboards at Pomponrahka // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018

Nature inspires me in so many ways. Often I use my own photographs as references for drawings: colour-, value- and composition studies. I talk about the benefits of photographing yourself in my How to Learn Art  –post.

Yellow spider // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

Yellow spider // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018

Sometimes the inspiration is not that concrete.

Just by entering the forest from the city takes your brain to another level. It’s meditation… but also I find it to be the most energising brain boost. For example, If I’ve been stuck with a creative idea I go for a walk in the forest. The nature gives me new insight.

The artist herself at Pomponrahka // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

The artist herself at Pomponrahka // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018

So go out guys and let the nature inspire you. If there isn’t a forest near you there is always the sky to look at. It’s as beautiful everywhere you go.

Are you inspired by nature? And do you use the inspiration in your art or design concepts? Let me know in Facebook or Instagram. Thank you for stopping by and see you next Tuesday. Until then: inspired and be inspired.
Yellow bf // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

Yellow bf // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018