WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Specially commended 2010

Wildlife Photojournalist Award

Kai Fagerström, Finland

The house in the woods

The sun's last rays bounce off the old windowpanes, as though a fire roars within. But this old house near Salo, Finland has long been deserted. The roof has holes, the walls are crumbling and draughts hiss through the windows. Floorboards crack, and doors creak. But if you hang around until dusk, if you listen and watch and are patient, you may glimpse inhabitants, because when people move out, nature moves in.

Technical specification

Nikon D3 + 50mm f1.2 lens; 8 sec at f2.8; ISO 800.


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Kai Fagerström, Finland

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