If You Cannot Travel to Lofoten Right Now: A Journey Through Photographer Julia Kivelä’s Ethereal Landscapes

Finnish photographer Julia Kivelä takes us to dreamlike but oh-so-real natural landscapes, from Kilpisjärvi, Finland, to Lofoten, Norway, through the lens of her camera. We reached out to Julia to ask her to present some of her Instagram-famous photos and share with us some wildlife photography stories.

Words: Meri Frig

  Image Credit: Julia Kivelä

Image Credit: Julia Kivelä

Which of your pictures are some of your own favourites?

I think my favourite picture is the one with two reindeers on the fell – it is one of the new ones.

  Image Credit: Julia Kivelä   

Image Credit: Julia Kivelä
 

Your pictures are dreamlike. What kind of feelings and moods would you like to convey to the viewers?

I would like people to feel inspired, when they look at my photos: inspired to travel, photograph - or just inspired to do something else, out of the ordinary. 

  Image Credit: Julia Kivelä   

Image Credit: Julia Kivelä
 

Your pictures present ethereal landscapes. What are some of the most beautiful places you have photographed?

The most beautiful places I have photographed are Oulanka National Park (Finland), Pallas-Yllästunturi National park (Finland), Kilpisjärvi (Finland), Lofoten (Norway) and Geirangerfjord (Norway).

How are those days like when you try to capture the perfect picture in nature?

I usually try to shoot in the morning time. Before I go, I check the weather conditions: humidity for fog, what time is the sunrise, from where the sun will rise, is it cloudy or not, and so on. If it's raining I usually don't go to shoot. 

"My heart starts beating a lot faster than usual. I am full of happiness, but I cannot show it to anyone, cannot move suddenly or jump, because it can scare the animal."

  Image Credit: Julia Kivelä   

Image Credit: Julia Kivelä
 

How is it like to connect with the wildlife when taking a picture?

The moment when you connect with an animal is truly breathtaking. Seriously, I cannot breathe much, or loud. My heart starts beating a lot faster than usual. I am full of happiness, but I cannot show it to anyone, cannot move suddenly or jump, because it can scare the animal. 

I like to photograph foxes the most. If they start to trust you, they can show you their incredible moments of life: how they play, how they eat, how they clean each other with so much love, and so on... Once I was photographing the moment when a mother fox brought a rabbit for her six little cubs. It was amazing to watch them fight for the prey, for who gets the best piece. Once I saw a fox burying food in the ground to keep it cold - they do that to store food. Unfortunately, I haven't posted those interesting moments on my Instagram profile, because maybe they are too brutal for my followers. I have to always think what can be published, and what perhaps not. 

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