“The title of the book by Juha Roisko, LIFE, has made me curious! Yet my sympathy and appreciation for his publication started at the dedication line already, which reads “To all victims and survivors of abuse and cruelty” … And I did not need any third invitation to get interested in his works! What happened next was truly surprise after surprise: The book consisting of about 100 photographs divided into appropriate chapter themes and each photograph given an even more appropriate title (some of them almost a punch line), is not just another collective book displaying photos, images, moments, what-have-you — it is much more! It is the reflection of one very sensitive and thus attentive, ruthlessly human mind, who is willing to give back to the viewer one of the most important things in our disjointed, fast-moving, superficial everyday world: PEACE! Ergo LIFE. Continue reading “5* review for Juha Roisko’s photography book LIFE”
We are pleased to announce that our Finnish photographer-author Juha Roisko and his book of photography titled Life (2014; Hope & Life Press) have been featured in the September issue of VEMA, the monthly newspaper of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, and the “oldest circulating Greek newspaper outside Greece.” Roisko who is also trustee of Uspenski Cathedral, Finland and a family therapist by profession, was interviewed for this feature by Chris Vlahonasios of Transfigure Media. To read this fascinating interview whereby Roisko talks in depth about how he came to the intersection of photography, family therapy with survivors of significant abuse and cruelty, and spirituality, please click here or on the above photo, and download the newspaper in English or Greek. The interview is on page 15.
Life contains a collection of pictures that portray the various layers of life and experiences it provides. Displaying the postmodern city, the departure, the bridge, the country, the hard winter, the respite and the return in 100 full color photographs described as surreal moments suspended in time, in the book Roisko subtly guides the viewer through common, daily scenes to multiple layers of mystery and beyond, touching upon the very essence of human life. Beauty, joy, hope, sorrow, sadness, curiosity and longing are captured in a sophisticated way, making this collection valuable for the healing of humankind and the survivors of abuse and cruelty. Life is available in hardback, paperback, and ebook editions from major booksellers worldwide including Amazon, Transfigure Media and Art, and directly from ourselves at Hope and Life Press.
Juha Roisko, our Finnish author-photographer of the book Life (Hope & Life Press, 2014) and trustee of Uspenski Cathedral in Finland, has just been interviewed by Chris Vlahonasios at the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN). The interview was titled An Orthodox Photographer and Therapist, and it was featured as part of OCN’s series The Moving Icon. You can read more about the interview and listen to Juha speak about his work here.
We are pleased to announce that the photograph Winter (above) by our Finnish Orthodox author-photographer Juha Roisko has been selected to be featured in the premium magazine TV Hoeren und Sehen of the Bauer Media Group. Roisko is the author of Life, a book of 100 full color photographs recently published in hardback, paperback and ebook editions by Hope and Life Press. Roisko is also the trustee of Uspenski Cathedral in Finland.
(Source: Helsingin Ortodoksinen Seurakunta)
Here is our photographer-author Juha Roisko (above, extreme right; below, front, seated to the right) with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö (front and center), and his wife at Uspenski Cathedral. The President attended services at Uspenski on the occasion of the celebration of the independence day of Finland. Roisko welcomed the President to the Cathedral in his official capacity as trustee.
(Source: Helsingin Ortodoksinen Seurakunta)
Below can be seen the majestic interior of Uspenski Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe.
Roisko, a practising Orthodox Christian, is the photographer-author of Life (Hope & Life Press, 2014), a book of 100 full color, artistic photographs which portray the various layers of life and experiences it provides. Life is dedicated to the victims and survivors of abuse and cruelty. It is available in hardback, paperback and ebook editions directly from Hope and Life Press, Amazon and other booksellers.
We are pleased to announce the release for the Christmas season of the book Life by Finnish photographer and family therapist, Juha Roisko. Life is a collection of pictures which portray the various layers of life and experiences it provides. Displaying the postmodern city, the departure, the bridge, the country, the hard winter, the respite and the return in 100 full color photographs described as surreal moments suspended in time, Roisko subtly guides the viewer through common, daily scenes to multiple layers of mystery and beyond, touching upon the very essence of human life. Beauty, joy, hope, sorrow, sadness, curiosity and longing are captured in a sophisticated way, making this collection valuable for the healing of humankind and the survivors of abuse and cruelty. Life is available in hardback, paperback and ebook editions directly from Hope and Life Press, at Amazon globally and other booksellers.
“In Roisko’s images, the Kodak moments are not so much frozen as suspended in time. His keenly observed scenes appear to hang in a space of their own as they prepare to embark on an internal journey of new meaning” – Barry Downard, Photo Illustrator, South Africa.
“The first image I saw from Roisko, its message, the power of the subject and surrealistic way it was captured, really left me astonished . . . Roisko can capture those imperceptible moments and turn them into truly subtle, surreal photographs that will make you stare and wonder at them for ages” – Raul Bermudez, Concept Artist, Mexico.
“Roisko’s photographs are rich in color with subtle tones. Everyday scenes are seen with a fresh eye” – Marcel Roggisch, Photographer, The Netherlands.
“Humanity, dignity, life’s little but meaningful details and nature meet each other in this very special book. Roisko’s stunning talent of capturing the passing moments of life arises from his strong musical and observing way of seeing life as artwork” – Kari Laakso, Musician, Finland.
About Juha Roisko
Juha Roisko was born to a family of humble origin, early settlers of Finnish-Russian descent in the historical province of Karelia, Finland. He is a family therapist in clinical practice for 12 years. Roisko has lived most of his life as a witness to people’s tragic life experiences, a witnessing that has influenced his passion to help families, particularly children, to healing and recovery through psychotherapy.
Roisko is a man without prejudice, at peace with the world and with himself. He retains a very close, personal relationship with the Orthodox Church. Some photographs in this book were, in fact, taken inside Uspenski Cathedral in Helsinki, Finland, the largest Orthodox Church in Western Europe and of which Roisko is the trustee.
Roisko is a self-taught artist in photography whose work has been greatly praised by others. Some of his photographs were originally designed to be a tool for therapeutic healing. His photographs radiate a sense of well-being to viewers, one that calms the mind and allows people to appreciate and take in within themselves true beauty at first lens capture.
Two photographs titled Lake Mirror and Serenity respectively by our Finnish author Juha Roisko have just been featured in The Guardian – Witness. Taken on November 22, Lake Mirror shows the “mirror-effect reflection of trees on the partially frozen lake” in Luukki, Finland. Serenity shows a “serene moment on a shore, lovely small lake just 20 kilometers from Helsinki.”
Roisko is the photographic author of Life, a book of 100 stunning, color photographs dedicated to the victims and survivors of abuse and cruelty. Life will be released to the general public on December 1, 2014, in hardback, paperback and ebook editions by Hope and Life Press. Roisko is the trustee of Uspenski Cathedral in Finland, the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe.