One of the perks of being a Poets of the Fall fan is that, since the band is surrounded with amazing people, I get to discover gems of inspiration among them. I’ve taken a fond liking to Tiia Öhman who is none other that Poets of the Fall‘s photographer and most importantly, a multi-talented artist. My interest for her work has grown faster than I anticipated as I started reading her personal blog and found out that she had many artistic passions to say the least. My first read was a blog post called The trouble of having an active mind, a post I could relate to in so many ways that it almost felt weird, as if I was reading about myself. I think that it got to me because suddenly my quirkiness did not feel odd anymore, someone whom I could put a name to was a bit like me, or was it the other way around… In any case, this boosted my resolve in making changes in my life. I realised that there were no limits to what I could do, unless I put them myself. Tiia Öhman is one of the persons who help me build my courage up to go for my dreams.
And you can have what you want if you want it like you need to breathe
© Poets of the Fall – Alchemy Vol. 1 – Can you hear me
I must admit that I’d love for my hobbies to turn into jobs and this is exactly what I am striving for. I know it will take a lot of time, or at the very least some time, and plans B and C might come in handy if we (my husband and I) want to keep our daily comfort… comfortable, but one thing is certain: I have never focused on my dreams that way before. Tiia has given me perspective with her own experience which I am very grateful for. I could go on with the ways she inspired me, but this post isn’t about me. This post is about Tiia Öhman and some of her work. Among the many interests that she has, travelling is probably the biggest although she is adamant in saying that she has no preference for she likes them all equally. As a fervent traveller and photographer, Tiia is roaming the world with Satu to scene frame on movie and series location for Fangirl Quest, but more about that later…
Tiia – Photographer
Before I talk to you about Fangirl Quest, I’d like to take a look at Tiia‘s photography because, let’s face it, she manages to capture on film what my eyes enjoy staring at on a photograph. Obviously, I discovered Tiia‘s work through her live photos of Poets of the Fall. Beautiful shots with a great eye for lights, movements and, as crazy as that may sound, gorgeous portraits while the band is playing. I know also that I still have a lot to discover about her photography, but I must say that one of my favourites among her work – apart from the band’s obviously – are her portraits and her animal photos. I am very partial to animal pictures and dogs in particular, but the one of the pink flamingo photo did the trick for me. It has gorgeous colours and details, and at the same time it feels very soothing.
I love photography but in all honesty I am not very good at it. The lack of practice might be the reason of course. It’s like the character of Elizabeth Bennet is saying in Pride and Prejudice (BBC adaptation of the most beloved Jane Austen Book – 1995):
MR DARCY: I fear I am ill qualified to recommend myself to strangers.
ELIZABETH: Shall we ask him why?
[Elizabeth plays a few more chords.]
ELIZABETH: Why a man of sense and education, who has lived in the world, should be ill qualified to recommend himself to strangers?
[Elizabeth finishes the chords.]
MR DARCY: I’m…I have not that talent, which some possess, of conversing easily with strangers.
ELIZABETH: Well, I do not play this instrument so well as I should wish to, but I have always supposed that to be my own fault, because I would not take the trouble of practising.
Source: Live journal Pride and Prejudice scriptline
One of the projects Tiia is involved with is Fangirl Quest. A brilliant and cool concept that associates travelling and photography. Nothing exceptional in itself you might say, wrong! Tiia Öhman and her travel partner Satu Walden go on movie and series location. They find the exact spot where a scene was shot and scene frame it within their tablet. To find out more, I suggest you have a look at Fangirl Quest Blog.
Since 2014 Tiia Öhman and Satu Walden launched their travel blog and have become an Internet sensation with Fangirl Quest. From Supernatural to Harry Potter, they are mixing fiction with reality putting our imagination to work whether we like it or not. And so here we are, a few years later. What a treat!
I am a movie and series dork. I love the magic that movies bring to my life and series like Supernatural and Sherlock are among my favourites. Imagine then how I reacted when I first set eyes on these two series scene framing! Exactly… I was stocked and very excited. As I browsed through the blog, I discovered more and more scene framing of my favourite shows, like Pride and Prejudice (1995) although I’d love to see a scene frame from Pemberley… or like Harry Potter with the scene frame to the right; I believe it to be the scene when Professor McGonagall is telling Harry to go fill his free period with potion and…
Potter! Take Weasley with you, he looks far too happy over there
Some others of my favourites are, I am happy to say, scene framed as well, such as Downton Abbey, Pirates of the Caribbean, Good Will Hunting, Sleepy Hollow (the series), Forrest Gump, and so many more, you’ll just have to have a look for yourselves, worth the detour. I would love to see some scene framing for Elementary, Gilmore Girls, Love Actually and Untouchable… or Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit – might be tricky though… Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Doctor Strange and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children… no no, I am not in a dreamlike state, that is my normal state of mind.
In any case, our travellers uniqueness with their spirit and curiosity turns probably unknown – or less known – places into unmissable locations. They hook their visitors – read yours truly – with scene framing to give, afterwards, tips and advice on what to do and see in the area. Genius! The day my bank account allows it I might actually get my trip destinations from them… until then, they bring me to places through Tiia‘s photography, the great enthusiasm of their descriptives and the fun videos from Fangirl Quest YouTube Channel. This kind of entertainment is original and very diverting. There isn’t a day I do not spend some quality time in the company of my imagination browsing Fangirl Quest scene framing locations.
So, if you feel a bit down and are in need of a pick me up… there are of course a few ways to go, but Fangirl Quest can be a great distraction and Tiia Öhman‘s blog makes for very interesting reading.
Enjoy and take care of yourselves!