Last Man Fishing is a photography exhibition about the fading fishing culture of Finland’s Bothnian Bay. It is about the last men who are trying to make their living by fishing.
The Bothnian Bay is the northernmost part of the Baltic Sea. It is covered by ice for up to 6 months every winter.
Most of these men come from family lines of fishermen. Even if their ancestors were fishermen, the young generation feels the pull of the urban. They rarely continue in their fathers’ footsteps.
The changing environment and hard work in harsh weather makes their livelihood challenging, but freedom and passion is the fuel for continuing as long as they can stand on their own two feet.
Antti J. Leinonen has worked as a freelance photographer and videographer since 2002. His works have been published in several media outlets in Finland and abroad, ranging from television and newspapers to magazines. In addition to commissioned work, a large proportion of his time is devoted to personal projects. Leinonen is one of the studio artists of KulttuuriKauppila, a long-term member of the KulttuuriKauppila Association‘s board and the artistic director of the Valto Pernu Photo Marathon.
Exhibition open 1 July – 31 August
Exhibition opening is held on Saturday 29 June at 5PM–7PM.
Free admission, welcome!