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Islands of Light by Tim Bird

25.7.2017 Text: Violetta Teetor Photos: Tim Bird

Seen through the sensitive lens of Tim Bird’s camera, the Unesco Heritage Site of Suomenlinna Fortress Island is given a brand new angle, that of the people that inhabit it. Through their eyes we get a glimpse into island life, how they eke out a living and spend their free time. 

Tim has won the British Guild of Travel Writers’ Photographer of the Year award several times and shows his uncanny skill of capturing light and shadows from the waters of the Baltic Sea, through the ramparts to the personalities of the people he interviews for his book. His writing accurately describes the scenes, situations and characters making them all come alive. Covering all the islands that make up this part of the archipelago, you get a picture of the beauty and unique features of each of them.  

An exhibition of his photographs is on display at the Suomenlinna Museum until the end of 2017. The book is available from all major booksellers in Finland.

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