Noora-Maija Tokee was born in Juupajoki, Finland in 1982. She studied photography at the Voionmaa Institute and holds a BA in photography from the Novia University of Applied Sciences. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and scholarships and her work has been published in a variety of photographic publications. Tokee has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Finland, Sweden and Guatemala. She currently lives and works in Tampere, Finland.
In her own words:
I photograph life in the form it represents itself to me: as utopia, truth or mysticism. My images stem from a nature, which is filled with mythologies, eroticism, light and shadows. I wonder in the nature, searching for unusual places and elements shaped by nature. It is in these discoveries that I build my world of images, where human is bind with nature, eroticism with spirituality and the primitive with the magical. Searching is longing for the ancient unity in this hectic world. The camera to me is an instrument, with which I create poetic visuality. Through my images I return to the past, where nature was not limited to the controlled and uncontrolled. Through my images I play with the notions of various mythologies. This is linked to which culture I am a part of at a given time.
This is a sample of her work
All images © Noora-Maija Tokee