Originally from a small town in Northern Finland, Maria Lax is now based in London. With a background in filmmaking, she is known for her use of colour, lighting and experimental camera techniques.
Maria is one of the winners of British Journal Photography’s Female in Focus awards 2019, a finalist for PHMuseum Photography grant 2020 and the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2020.
Her first monograph, Some Kind of Heavenly Fire, was published in February 2020 and is currently on it’s second print run.
She is represented by Stem Agency, London.
Publisher: Setanta Books
By The Way
Martin Kohlstedt‘s opus Strom is a stream of ruthless moments exposing the piano to the elements. Amid the flow of the nine pieces the composer himself slowly dissipates and enables the experience of music in its most primal dynamic.
I’m from a small town in Northern Finland surrounded by a vast, sparsely populated wilderness. Most pass through the town on their way someplace else without ever knowing it was a hotspot for UFO sightings in the 1960’s.
Unaware of this history myself, it wasn’t until I read my grandfather’s book that I learnt of the incredible stories of supernatural events, bravery and struggle against hardship in what is largely a barren land.
Already suffering from dementia, he was unable to answer any of the questions I had so I went looking for the answers. I turned to the people who had seen the mysterious lights, to newspaper archives and my family’s photo albums from the era.
Book Specs: Second Edition 2020; Debossed cloth cover; 20 x 16 cm; 4 tip ins. Available here.