|Claire Aho 2010|
|Claire Aho visiting one of my exhibits in 2012|
I have known Claire since I was a little boy. Back then, she was the friend to the family with the three dogs who we frequently visited but it was only when I got into photography myself that my eyes where opened to her work, leading eventually to an invitation to Helsinki to attend the opening of one of her exhibits. I am still quite amazed by the work she put into her pictures. They have a truly unique style to them - as if the people in them are merely with a friend and it just happened to be a camera present. They are natural in a way that is contrasted by the colours and the composure, glamorous yet almost ordinary in a way. It is a wonderful combination. She also had that special ability to capture common situations and capture the very essence of them as shown by her tremendous work in capturing life in everyday Helsinki.
I am proud to have known Claire Aho and hope that her work will never be forgotten. It is a rare glimpse into a time that myself and many others will never experience and her bravery in doing what she liked regardless of the expectations of society alongside her grandmother and father sets a truly shining example for all of us, even to this day.
|Visitor at one of Claire Ahos exhibits in 2012|