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Tauno Kohonen

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+ 358 400 286 956

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KITKAJOKI - NATURE FILM MEDIAINFO

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Julkaistavan artikkelin sisältö on tarkistettava Tauno Kohoselta

Kitkajoki – film tells about the relations between human and nature.

Today nature is taken advantage of in its various different forms. In addition to heavy activity that changes and ruins nature, light explotation of it has also been accepted. At its best it's seen in nature travelling. The love between humans and nature has changed on one way or another to exploit nature in almost all of its forms.

What is the true meaning of nature to us? What is the true ethical content of exploiting nature? Have we lost the last connection to that, that we are part of nature. Nature is something larger which we can't necessarily see. The block being its commodification to various uses.

Only few people caring of nature has taken note of this.

The aphorisms of Reino Rinne

One of them was an author, a poet and a nature philosopher from Kuusamo, Reino Rinne. His life's work for nature and especially the nature of Kuusamo has been incredibly important. His aphorisms touch the nature relations of people in a deep level. People exploiting nature for their own benefit don't even recognize it.

Now it's time to look at the true deep relation between human and nature; Love. According to Reino Rinne people have to find their inner nature. Then the nature around them can be preserved. If it even can be preserved from the forceful actions of humankind.

Kitkajoki – a beloved river tells a story how I, photographer Tauno Kohonen, have found being in nature within me. Now I'm thinking, I couldn't undertand it without the strong aphorisms of Reino Rinne, which are quoted in the film.

The aphorisms of Rinne hit precisely to the relation of humans and nature. The target is not only Kitkajoki but the whole planet and humankind. What will happen to us if nature is gone?

As a photographer I have sought answers to the aphorisms in places where the uniqueness of the nature was still able to be seen before the current developement took place. Back then nature was naure. 60 years ago the "rapid war" started and lasted for 30 years, during which Reino Rinne fought against building power plants at the rivers in Kuusamo. Now we know of a new threat when a gold mine, which has also been referred to an uranium mine, is planned to be built at Kitkajoki.

The film does not blame. However it might have a great impact on how Kitkajoki is seen in a larger perspective, also within people themselves. The aphorisms of Reino Rinne in the film have been read by Veikko Honkanen.He is a friend of Kuusamo and a resident for many decades.

Kitkajoki is a beloved river

I have taken photos at Kitkajoki since 1980 for 35 years, more than an outsider could even imagine. At Kitkajoki, south from Jyrävä, I have photographed every possible location many times during all the seasons. I have shot videomaterial ready to be used in the upcoming Kitkajoki - nature film already for five years. Material already includes over 300 hours of content from Kuusamo and Posio at Kitkajoki, Kitkajärvi and Oulankajoki.

Why so?

In this film I want to disclose the nature of Kitkajoki and especially the lights during the seasons. Every day there is unique. My goal hasn't been capturing a nice moment in nature but how the nature changes during the day and the seasons. I have never aimed to take a single photo but an entirety which is reinforced each year in its own ways.

The size of the material has also helped me to realize my own role – up until this point I have acted with a restricting stillcamera. Moving to videomaterial however allows presenting visually living material and combining it with the sounds of nature as well as music. This way the feeling can reach the viewer.

My long working history of 24 years of media experience helps working with the film. I decided to move from the position of a public servant in Kuusamo to a businessman in 1991 and after that I have made media projects through my company Rapid River. The artbook of Kitkajoki "Light in the Wilderness" was used as a gift book by the ministry of foreign affairs in Finland for many years. From the images of the book I made an exhibition that travelled around the world by the actions of the ministry of foreign affairs in Finland

The film is made together with a team of professionals. The content of the film has been created with the experts at Yle. A production agreement has been made in autumn 2015 with Yle Yhteistuotannot.

There is a saying that every producer wants to tell the same story many times to themselves. Kitkajoki has been a beloved river and the base of my actions, only the methods of making has changed. I know what kind of a film I want to create.

Nature and human – come with us

The nature of Kuusmo and Posio are unique, pure water, snow in addition to peace and silence. That can be felt in moments that you can return to again and again. I have often met people, fishers and travellers at The National Park of Oulanka. Nature drags you in. But nature is not an amusement where people are more important than nature, animals or plants.

One example of a traditional explotation of nature is fishing. Internationally valuable brown trout spawns from the large lakes in Russia to the rivers of Kuusano. I have seen the times when fishers got many large trouts during the night. Now the trouts do not spawn as often as they used to and to save them we have to work hard. The legendary pools of Jyrävä at Kitkajoki and the area of The National Park of Oulanka has had a fishing ban. Is overfishing from Russia the reason or something else? Now we need discussion concerning the culture around fishing these trouts so that they the fish colonies are preserved on both sides of the border.

Summary

Kitkajoki – a beloved river – nature film is a tribute to nature. It's a depthful view of the relations between human and nature. It raises thougths of how we deal with nature. Is nature inside us or is it a tool to something else?

Images

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i330dulz2fwn3zh/AAB1K-srGgL4B-j8oAV7TESTa?dl=0

You can find images of Kitkajoki in the link above. The colormode is RGB, 300 dpi, The largest side is max. 4000 pix and file type jpeg.

The license of the images has to be continued in all media contents, magazine, internet and TV publications presenting Kitkajoki. The subject of the article can be Kitkajoki -film, Kitkajoki -artbook or Kitkajoki -exhibition or Tauno Kohonen.

The filming spot for the Kitkajoki -film is The National Park of Oulanka in Kuusamo and Riisitunturi National Park at Posio.

Publishing terms:

  1. Tauno Kohonen has to be addressed with a published image
  2. The place in the image has to be confirmed from Tauno Kohonen (tauno.kohonen@rapidriver.fi tai 0400 286 956)
  3. The images can be used in media not concerning Kitkajoki when the name "Tauno Kohonen" is mentioned and the place is confirmed (if it's used)

Internet

Come follow us on Facebook to protect the river and its valuable fishes www.facebook.com/kitkajoki

Tell about your experiences at Kitkajoki www.twitter.com/kitkajoki Use #kitkajoki

Check out images added based on the seasons www.instagram.com/kitkajoki

Let's make Kitkajoki a beloved river to us all

In Oulu 15.10.2015

Producer, photographer Tauno Kohonen 0400 286 956 tauno.kohonen@rapidriver.fi

Film info 8/2017 – Kitkajoki – Light in the Wilderness- PREMIERE at Savonlinna film festival 18.8.

Film info 5/2017 – The documentary film ”Light in the Wilderness” won the Gold Award at the WorldMediaFestival

May 2017

The documentary film ”Light in the Wilderness” won the Gold Award at the WorldMediaFestival

By Tauno Kohonen 3.5.2017

Oulu, Finland – The documentary film by Tauno Kohonen is awared with the gold medal at the WorldMediaFestival/Toursim in the documentary film category Nature and Wildlife. The WorldMediaFestival global competition for modern media is targeted to leading communication professionals and had participants from 32 countries. The entries were judged by an international team of experienced professionals in the fields of communications, film production as well as special field experts, including representants from TV-companies, universities, travel organisations and private companies. Mr Kohonen will receive the award on May 10th, 2017 at the WMF in Hamburg, Germany.

About the film ”Light in the Wilderness”

The documentary film ”Light in the Wilderness” tells about the relationship of man and nature, the pure nature of Kuusamo and Posio in North-Eastern Finland, its peace and quietness, as well as the colors of the light in the changing of the seasons. The film is a co-production of Rapid River and the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle and it was chosen to the Finland 100 years- program. The original title is ”Kitkajoki- rakas joki”. Finnish nature has been internationally recognized within the Finland 100 Years festive program, National Geographic Traveler has chosen Finland to 21 best countries for travelling, due to its clean nature, the Northern light and its quietness. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel guide named Finland the third best travel destination. The British daily paper Guardian as well as the Daily Mail have praised the National Park Oulanka on their webpages.

In the film, the photographer Tauno Kohonen advocates the significance of pure water and unspoilt nature. The nature of the Kitkajoki-river is threatened by the planned gold mine alongside the river. Locals call it uran mine. The internationally valuable brown trout population rises to spawn from the big lakes on the Russian side up to their river of birth in Kuusamo. There was a time when when fishermen caught numerous large trouts in one night. Now the trout rises only rarely anymore and action needs to be taken for its rescue. The Kitkajoki-river is part of the National Park Oulanka in Kuusamo, Finland, close to the Russian border.

Aphorisms about the relationship of man and nature, by the late writer Reino Rinne from Kuusamo, are cited throughout the film. The film is seeking for an answer why humans don’t feel the calming effect of nature in themsleves anymore. Could objectification stand in their way? Have we lost our last connection to nature and the sense of us being part of nature? The film pictures of authentic nature in the changing of the seasons speak to the audience.

Script, directing and filming by Tauno Kohonen. Editor Antti Tuomiokoski, Music Rami Kaareston and Color Definition by Juha Laine.

About Tauno Kohonen

Tauno Kohonen is a nature photographer and founder of the production company Rapid River. Finnish audiovisual producers chose Tauno Kohonen as photographer of the year in 2001. In 2003, at the WorldMediaFestival he was awarded with the Grand Award special price for his nature photographs. He has published the phtographic book ‘Light in the Wilderness’ and has produced nature-related photo exhibitions that have been displayed around the world. The new book ‘Pure Water, pure nature’ informs about the significance of unspoilt nature for us all. It will be published in 2017, also in a digital version.

Contact: To learn more about the gold award winning film, please contact

Tauno Kohonen, Rapid River

+358 400 286 956

tauno.kohonen@rapidriver.fi www.kitkajoki.fi/en

Book info 12/2016 – ”PURE NATURE, PURE WATER – Kitkajärvi, Kitkajoki” photo book

December 2016

MEDIA INFO – THE BOOK ‘PURE NATURE, PURE WATER’

The photographic book ‘Pure Nature, Pure Water’ tells about the research, history, culture, art, tourism and above all, personal experiences and feelings about the regions of Kuusamo, Posio and Viena Karelia. The nature photographs illustrate the changing of the seasons, lights and shadows. The digital online-version shows also videos, in addition to the photographs.

The artwork is in the making. Now on display is the draft of the layout (about 100 pages) aleady including some articles. The writers of the articles reveal research in their field as well as their personal relation to this geographical region.

The draft layout is finished in the beginning of 2017, and then the planning of the final layout begins. The photo selction will be updated depending on the need. The layout is modern. The publishing methods will be defined later, however, it will be also published digitally, in order for different language versions spread internationally.

We know that PURE NATURE, PURE WATER is now and in the future important for the wellbeing of people. Pureness has a greater significance than we are able to anticipate by the attraction and accreditation of this geographical region. The aim of this work is to gather necessary information for helping to keep nature clean. The Finnish State Forest Enterprise’s Nature Services (Metsähallituksen Luontopalvelut) has done a preliminary investigation for the region’s suitability as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, a status the area well deserves.

The informational photographic book ‘PURE NATURE, PURE WATER’, just like the documentary ‘Light in the Wilderness’ and the exhibition have been chosen to the Finland 100 Years festival program. The book is a tribute to the pure nature of Kuusamo and Posio, as well as especially to its precious water ecosystem.

PLAN OF CONTENT

1. Research about the water ecosystem of the Kitkajoki-river entity (including the Kitkjajärvi-lake, the Kitkajoki-river, the Ouluanka National Park as well as the Paanajärvi National Park)
The Research Station of the University of Oulu, Chief of Station and Specialist Researcher Riku Paavola (Research of the Oulu University)
The State Forest Enterprise’s regional chief of nature protection Pirkko Siikamäki (National Park Oulanka and its future, UNESCO project)
The Finnish Environment Institute, Chief of Development Sepp Hellsten (water ecosystem research at the Kitkajärvilake, Oulanka National Park)
Fish-farming plant, Ex-Chief Seppo Mustonen (the destiny of the brown trout population in

2. The history of protecting the regional water ecosystems
‘The war of rapids in Kuusamo’ and threats of today, researcher Mika Flöjt (history and the present day)
The writer, poet and nature philosoph Reino Rinne as protector of the environment, lecturer Pertti Sillanpää (dissertation research about Reino Rinne)

3. The cultural connection of the water ecosystem to Viena Karelia
Cross-border cultural connections to Viena Karelia, Licentiate of philosophy Jouni Alavuotunki (how the cultural community impacts the present day)

4. Nature as source of creativity and well-being
Nature as source of creativity – Pentik Oy, journalist Reino Hämeenniemi (nature as basis for art creation)
The effect of nature on mental health – Master of agriculture and forestry Mirja Nylander (from opinions to factual knowledge)

5. Nature as the basis for pure food
Nature ripens local delicacies – Korpihilla Oy, journalist Reino Hämeenniemi (tasting experiences of nature)
Clean fish form clean waters – Wild Food Chef Jarmo Ptikänen (chef’s recipes)

6. Personal stories about the area of the water ecosystem, the Kitkajärvi-lake and the Kitksjoki-river, experiences and life
Interview with the Master of Fly-fishing Pertti Komula (flyfishing ot the Kitkajoki-river), researcher Mika Flöjt
Nature Travels in the nature of Kuusamo and Posio, CEO Keijo Salenius / Basecamp Oulanka (the encounter of man and nature, internationality)

7. Pictoral showcase, phtographs and vidoes
The seasons of the whole area (Posio, Kuusamo and Paanajärvi / Pääjärvi), lights and shadows, Photographer Tauno Kohonen (journey to a set of values)

Film info 10/2016 – Kitkajoki – nature film has been completed

October 2016

KITKAJOKI – NATURE FILM MEDIAINFO

Publishable now

The content of a publishable article has to be verified by Tauno Kohonen

Kitkajoki – film tells about the relations between human and nature.

Today nature is taken advantage of in its various different forms. In addition to heavy activity that changes and ruins nature, light explotation of it has also been accepted. At its best it’s seen in nature travelling. The love between humans and nature has changed on one way or another to exploit nature in almost all of its forms.

What is the true meaning of nature to us? What is the true ethical content of exploiting nature? Have we lost the last connection to that, that we are part of nature. Nature is something larger which we can’t necessarily see. The block being its commodification to various uses.

Only few people caring of nature has taken note of this.

The aphorisms of Reino Rinne

One of them was an author, a poet and a nature philosopher from Kuusamo, Reino Rinne. His life’s work for nature and especially the nature of Kuusamo has been incredibly important. His aphorisms touch the nature relations of people in a deep level. People exploiting nature for their own benefit don’t even recognize it.

Now it’s time to look at the true deep relation between human and nature; Love. According to Reino Rinne people have to find their inner nature. Then the nature around them can be preserved. If it even can be preserved from the forceful actions of humankind.

Kitkajoki – a beloved river tells a story how I, photographer Tauno Kohonen, have found being in nature within me. Now I’m thinking, I couldn’t undertand it without the strong aphorisms of Reino Rinne, which are quoted in the film.

The aphorisms of Rinne hit precisely to the relation of humans and nature. The target is not only Kitkajoki but the whole planet and humankind. What will happen to us if nature is gone?

As a photographer I have sought answers to the aphorisms in places where the uniqueness of the nature was still able to be seen before the current developement took place. Back then nature was naure. 60 years ago the “rapid war” started and lasted for 30 years, during which Reino Rinne fought against building power plants at the rivers in Kuusamo. Now we know of a new threat when a gold mine, which has also been referred to an uranium mine, is planned to be built at Kitkajoki.

The film does not blame. However it might have a great impact on how Kitkajoki is seen in a larger perspective, also within people themselves. The aphorisms of Reino Rinne in the film have been read by Veikko Honkanen.He is a friend of Kuusamo and a resident for many decades.

Kitkajoki is a beloved river

I have taken photos at Kitkajoki since 1980 for 35 years, more than an outsider could even imagine. At Kitkajoki, south from Jyrävä, I have photographed every possible location many times during all the seasons. I have shot videomaterial ready to be used in the upcoming Kitkajoki – nature film already for five years. Material already includes over 300 hours of content from Kuusamo and Posio at Kitkajoki, Kitkajärvi and Oulankajoki.

Why so?

In this film I want to disclose the nature of Kitkajoki and especially the lights during the seasons. Every day there is unique. My goal hasn’t been capturing a nice moment in nature but how the nature changes during the day and the seasons. I have never aimed to take a single photo but an entirety which is reinforced each year in its own ways.

The size of the material has also helped me to realize my own role – up until this point I have acted with a restricting stillcamera. Moving to videomaterial however allows presenting visually living material and combining it with the sounds of nature as well as music. This way the feeling can reach the viewer.

My long working history of 24 years of media experience helps working with the film. I decided to move from the position of a public servant in Kuusamo to a businessman in 1991 and after that I have made media projects through my company Rapid River. The artbook of Kitkajoki “Light in the Wilderness” was used as a gift book by the ministry of foreign affairs in Finland for many years. From the images of the book I made an exhibition that travelled around the world by the actions of the ministry of foreign affairs in Finland

The film is made together with a team of professionals. The content of the film has been created with the experts at Yle. A production agreement has been made in autumn 2015 with Yle Yhteistuotannot.

There is a saying that every producer wants to tell the same story many times to themselves. Kitkajoki has been a beloved river and the base of my actions, only the methods of making has changed. I know what kind of a film I want to create.

Nature and human – come with us

The nature of Kuusmo and Posio are unique, pure water, snow in addition to peace and silence. That can be felt in moments that you can return to again and again. I have often met people, fishers and travellers at The National Park of Oulanka. Nature drags you in. But nature is not an amusement where people are more important than nature, animals or plants.

One example of a traditional explotation of nature is fishing. Internationally valuable brown trout spawns from the large lakes in Russia to the rivers of Kuusano. I have seen the times when fishers got many large trouts during the night. Now the trouts do not spawn as often as they used to and to save them we have to work hard. The legendary pools of Jyrävä at Kitkajoki and the area of The National Park of Oulanka has had a fishing ban. Is overfishing from Russia the reason or something else? Now we need discussion concerning the culture around fishing these trouts so that they the fish colonies are preserved on both sides of the border.

Summary

Kitkajoki – a beloved river – nature film is a tribute to nature. It’s a depthful view of the relations between human and nature. It raises thougths of how we deal with nature. Is nature inside us or is it a tool to something else?

Images

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i330dulz2fwn3zh/AAB1K-srGgL4B-j8oAV7TESTa?dl=0

You can find images of Kitkajoki in the link above. The colormode is RGB, 300 dpi, The largest side is max. 4000 pix and file type jpeg.

The license of the images has to be continued in all media contents, magazine, internet and TV publications presenting Kitkajoki. The subject of the article can be Kitkajoki -film, Kitkajoki -artbook or Kitkajoki -exhibition or Tauno Kohonen.

The filming spot for the Kitkajoki -film is The National Park of Oulanka in Kuusamo and Riisitunturi National Park at Posio.

 

Publishing terms:

  1. Tauno Kohonen has to be addressed with a published image
  2. The place in the image has to be confirmed from Tauno Kohonen (tauno.kohonen@rapidriver.fi tai 0400 286 956)
  3. The images can be used in media not concerning Kitkajoki when the name “Tauno Kohonen” is mentioned and the place is confirmed (if it’s used)

Internet

Come follow us on Facebook to protect the river and its valuable fishes www.facebook.com/kitkajoki

Tell about your experiences at Kitkajoki www.twitter.com/kitkajoki Use #kitkajoki

Check out images added based on the seasons www.instagram.com/kitkajoki

Let’s make Kitkajoki a beloved river to us all

In Oulu 15.10.2015

Producer, photographer Tauno Kohonen
0400 286 956
tauno.kohonen@rapidriver.fi

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https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i330dulz2fwn3zh/AAB1K-srGgL4B-j8oAV7TESTa?dl=0

You can find images of Kitkajoki in the link above. The colormode is RGB, 300 dpi, The largest side is max. 4000 pix and file type jpeg.

The license of the images has to be continued in all media contents, magazine, internet and TV publications presenting Kitkajoki. The subject of the article can be Kitkajoki -film, Kitkajoki -artbook or Kitkajoki -exhibition or Tauno Kohonen.

The filming spot for the Kitkajoki -film is The National Park of Oulanka in Kuusamo and Riisitunturi National Park at Posio.

 

Publishing terms:

  1. Tauno Kohonen has to be addressed with a published image
  2. The place in the image has to be confirmed from Tauno Kohonen (tauno.kohonen@rapidriver.fi tai 0400 286 956)
  3. The images can be used in media not concerning Kitkajoki when the name “Tauno Kohonen” is mentioned and the place is confirmed (if it’s used)