Finland is the land of a thousand lakes or, more accurately speaking, almost 200,000. Most of these have not been photographed. While the majority are humic and murky, horizontal underwater visibility can be dozens of metres at best.

Somehow or other, Finns have always been fascinated by the bleak simplicity of their terrain. Even the most ardent colour lover is enchanted by the delicate, sparing and rhythmic qualities of clear-water, spring-fed lakes. Light slanting through a forest into a lake, in which dead trees continue their decades-long slumber under a layer of sediment, can create a breathtaking ambience. There is an unceasing dialogue between form and element.