On Photography

Moriyama Daido insists that photography is not art but a kind of documentation or photocopying reality. But documents enrich our lives spiritually same way than art does. Photography makes me live more the same way as watching Tarkovsky film or Kawase Naomi’s movie. Documentary but fiction.

Of course what Moriyama means is that photography means capturing things that already exist rather than creating them from scratch. We live on a tightrope between journalism and fiction. If only journalism it is news, if only fiction it is a movie. Photo is a strange accidental creature.

Like Moriyama also feel this is what photography means for me. Photo must have a raw and uncontrolled element the lack of control that makes us small like a fragment of dust. We are not artists and we have no friends.

I do not like ”fine art photography”, especially ”classic European nudes. They objectify women’s bodies in vulgar way even though not showing much. For me Araki’s work has been always innocent and I cannot get enough of it. The true innocence doesn’t come from hiding, it comes from the real love and courage.

My dear friends. It has been a while.


I think it would be better for housewife (or househusband) to think of the daily grind of household tasks as a hobby. And then with passion do the things one loves.

The housework is hard and there is no salary. So I think the reward should be the freedom to do what one loves in the remaining time.

Copyright Jaakko Saari

Spring 2020


2021 in Yokosuka

In Switzerland, we’d drink Swiss beer
and life would be a joy

We would invite friends over
and ski in glittering white slopes

With precision of expensive handmade watch
we would wake up to our new life

A dream that is only a dream
in Switzerland

To take a photo

I took photo of my friend last weekend.

Over many years of taking photos, and thinking about photos, one feeling remains. For me it is very natural action to take a photo. I don’t feel unnatural feeling to hold a camera.

I have withdrawn to my dark and air-conditioned cave filled with the things I love. I can create any CG I want and make any music I want.

Then I look at the world outside my window.