Nature, landscape, architecture and people in their surroundings are close to my heart in my photography and fine art prints. Many of my photographs have been featured in books, magazines and on-line around the world. I have worked and studied in the United States and Finland. I started my studies in art & architecture in Texas in 1989 and I graduated in Louisiana in 1995. After that I worked in Minneapolis, Minnesota for six years as an architect. In 2001 I moved back to Finland where I live with my family in the historic neighborhood of Turku on the coast of the Baltic Sea.
I explore and express my ideas about the human condition and its wide range of emotions. I also collaborate with other artists
and often use architecture and urban landscape as stages.
Photography has always been part of me since I was a teenager. I have always been printing my work, first by traditional film process & development and now by using a digital workflow and inkjet printers. Recently I started printing on aluminum and other rigid surfaces. My prints make the photograph feel alive connecting with the viewer and also with the space where they are displayed.
2014 - BEST DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY in Finland, 2013 - Artist Residency, 2006 - Lapland in winter
- Still life
HIGH TUNDRA - Lapland, Finland
This photograph was taken at noon in the high tundra in Saariselkä in the Finnish Lapland locating above the arctic circle. The snow and ice wrapped spruce trees right along the tree line create a mysterious atmosphere and enhance the magical feel of the place. Because of the fog in the valley that splits the image in two you get this wonderful effect of earth disappearing and appearing again.
Loikas photographed moments of dance, which became two-dimensional compositions, kind of like human statues in different environments. The result where a moving dancer becomes still and dissolves into the surroundings, particularly interests him. He is also interested in how environment and architecture influence human senses and behavior. The photographs were created while Loikas received an artist residency in New York in March of 2013 by the Finnish Art Council and The Dance Centre of Western Finland.
Aaron In Blue
My subject was Aaron (15 years old), the boy next door. His mother asked me to photograph his confirmation photos. I wanted to shoot the photos out in the city. The new library building has a lot of large glass exteriors. So I realized that I could use reflections to bring tension into the shot.
The reflection is like another person in the shot. Who is the hero of the shot? Who is in focus? There were just so many possibilities.