I am Téa Karvinen and I was born in Helsinki, Finland. I am a freelance nature photographer and journalist concentrating in Finland and the Arctic areas. In July 2011 I moved to the north of the country to Kuusamo (near the Russian border). That’s where some true wilderness exists. Kuusamo is situated 800 kilometers north from Helsinki, from the south coast, and it lays just below the Arctic Circle.
E-mail: teakarvinen at gmail.com
Tel. +358-50 4637679
After having about 6 years of experience being a full time freelance news photographer and photojournalist in Finland, I turned my life more toward nature photography in 2009. Also, 9 years of my competitive sport career in skeleton sliding came to an end in 2009.
My aim is to find own personal way to photograph by combining nature photography and fine art – not forgetting documentation and photojournalism.
Nature is not a new element for me as I used to work as a full time wilderness guide in Finland developing eco tourism for several years before my 9 years of adventures in USA. My American years included, for example, a summer of working as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, work at a ski resort in Utah (night audit + photographer) and one and a half years of living in Hilo, Hawaii.
I have a photojournalism degree from University of Alaska Fairbanks after 5 years of studying in Alaska, Hawaii and Ecuador.
I have a huge passion for nature photography as well as for life in general. I have finally found my task in this life.
I want to explore remote areas of our planet, especially the polar regions, not forgetting my own country which I love. Now, I have going on a Finnish National Parks project, which will take about 5-7 years. I will spend totally at least a year of my life in these national parks before publishing a book.
I have also found Lapland and its people in 2010 after almost 20 years of being away from there. I concentrate in my Lapland photography on the Sámi people and the reindeer herding.
I want to tell others with my pictures and stories about these beautiful places in order for them to realize what an incredible planet we have. I want to encourage others to go out there and explore the beauty around us – and their own backyard.
I would like to awake the longing of nature inside the people. Humans and nature are the same, we are together. We are part of the same Universe and energy.
Unfortunately, humans are moving further away from the nature.
Knowledge increases the awareness, which increases the will of preservation.