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Hay poles (in Finnish: “heinäseipäät”) have traditionally belonged to Finnish countryside landscape. Farmers used to dry hay putting them around wooden poles that were stuck in the ground. All members of the family, and often also some village people who were voluntarily helping them, were working on the field together (“talkoot”). Adults gathered hay and piled it up, whereas children were running from one pole to another putting the small sticks in the holes of the poles as soon as they heard someone calling for it. The peak point of the day was to rest enjoying some coffee and sweet bread (“pulla”) in the nature.

Due to the use of new systems of feeding the animals with fresh hay, the “Hay pole people” are in extinction. These photos were taken in summers of 2015 and 2016 in my home village Muurola situated in Lapland by the river Kemijoki. I give credits to those few people over there who still try to keep this tradition alive.

With my photographs I wish to honour the good old hay drying tradition: the great amount of sweat for the hard work; the joint effort; the beauty of hay poles. In my eyes, hay poles can also talk for some other things/people that are in danger of extinction. The titles of the works tell you what I have heard these hay poles whispering to me.
Translated title of the contributionWhispers of hay poles
Original languageSpanish
Place of PublicationGalería de Bíblioteca Provincial Julio Antonio Mella, Camagüey, Kuuba
PublisherGalería de Bíblioteca Provincial Julio Antonio Mella, Camagüey, Kuuba
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2019
MoEC publication typeF1 Published independent work of art
EventSusurros-näyttely Noviembre Fotográfico -valokuvafestivaalilla - Galería de Bíblioteca Provincial Julio Antonio Mella, Camagüey, Cuba
Duration: 18 Nov 201911 Dec 2019