Julien Pujol directs ‘A Portrait of Majamaja’.

A portrait of the Majamaja, an off-grid house in the Helsinki archipelago.

Words from Julien below.


I was inspired by the slow approach of the photographer Paul Strand. I wanted to create a dialogue between landscapes and portraits.

In the archipelago one quickly forgets. There is a feeling of being far and disconnected yet very close to the primal. It’s a special atmosphere with a certain slowness. It’s surrounded in myth; something that lies deep in the woods, in the reflections of the water, in the sounds of the trees and traditions passed down from ancient sources.

Maja means ‘shelter’ in Finnish and we can not only feel its simplicity and vitality but its understanding and necessity for change. I wanted to express the transformative power of such a place. To slow down time, and to connect. To show how the different elements can shape our way of looking at the world to create a better harmony with nature.

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