Photography homepage of Samuli Siltanen

I am a Finnish semiprofessional photographer specializing in spiders, landscapes, portraits and urban views.
You can contact me by email using the address .

My most recent photography is shown in my photo blog:

Samples of my best work are shown on these pages:



Urban views

Spiders and insects

Still lifes

My personal history as a photographer

The early years (1984-1989)

My photography started as a hobby in the early 1980's when my father let me take some color slides with his Minolta rangefinder camera using 35mm film. Later he bought a Pentax SLR and a few zoom lenses which I learned to use. This is my first-ever photographic documentary:

Graffiti in Helsinki (1986)

My high school art teacher set up a darkroom in the school basement and taught our class to use it. That's when I got really excited about photography and bought my first own camera in 1987. It was a Pentax Super A body with a 50 mm f/1.4 prime lens. I familiarized myself with wonderful products such as Kodak Tri-X 400 film and legendary Agfa Rodinal developer. Oh, the massive grain structure!

Soviet Union (1987-1988)

Sielun veljet live at Lepakko (December 6, 1988)

Monochrome madness (1990-2002)

In the period 1990-2002 I became interested in increasing the resolution and level of detail in monochrome photography. I purchased a 6x6cm medium format camera (Mamiya) and a view camera (Arca-Swiss), exposed a lot of film, and experimented with darkroom techniques. Lith and pyro developers resulted in some nice pictorial effects.

The monochrome period left me with some 30000 hand-developed negatives.

The digital era (2003-present)

I bought my first digital camera while working as a postdoctoral researcher in Japan in 2003. I haven't been in the darkroom since!

I became a university professor in the field of mathematics in 2006, and the job involves a lot of traveling. That's why my recent art involves a lot of landscape and cityscape photos.

These days I shoot with a Pentax K-5 body and mostly with my beloved Carl Zeiss lenses (21mm f/2.8, 50mm f/2 macro and 85mm f/1.4).

This page was last updated on January 26, 2014.