Inspiring Photographers Today: Sanna Lehto

Sanna Lehto is a photographer from Helsinki, Finland born in 1990. She has a Master’s Degree in Fine Art Photography from Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture. She was one of the finalists of the 33rd edition of the International Festival of Photographer at Hyeres.

Sanna is fascinated by color combinations and living things, specifically human bodies, and plants, which she explores this in her ongoing series titled Morphologies. She enjoys investigating their changing forms. Sanna often stages her photos by building props using flowers and other materials. She is intrigued by the beauty and rejections of objects.

Many people pursue careers based on childhood experiences. Was this the case for you – or was this something you discovered in your adult years?

“Since I was a child I have been interested in arts especially music and drawing. I used to draw a lot when I was little and play the piano. I have played piano my whole life and have classical training of it. I discovered photography when I was a teenager. My older sister took lots of photographs for fun on our holidays and I remember when I saw her pictures I was always amazed by them. I think that was the time when I wanted to try photography myself. When I was a little bit older I got into Aalto University School of Arts and Design to study photography and recently I completed my Master’s studies in Fine Art Photography.”

What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?

“I rather leave that to the viewer. I prefer people to view the works through their own personal perspective.”

 

What is something you learned about yourself during this project?

“I learned that it is good for me to execute the photographic idea that comes into my mind right away rather than overthinking the idea before I have even taken the photograph. I used to do that and got nothing done. If the idea doesn’t eventually work the way I wanted, it’s okay, usually, something new comes out of it.”

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