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Marko Simonen

Photographer. Helsinki, Finland. My side project: @kayfabe_diary

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You like #hardrock? Well, this Friday Oct. 19th is the date for the long awaited debut album by @northwardband. Northward is a #rockband by vocalist @floor_jansen_official (of @nightwishband) and guitarrist @jvlofstad (of @pagansmindband). Seriously, if you're into good music, go see their #musicvideo While Love Died, directed by moving picture extraordinaire Ville Lipiäinen.  I had the privilege to shoot a bunch of promos for them at @valofirma studios in #helsinki, in the midst of their video shoot. It was a really hot, busy summer day, but working with such cool professionals was a breeze (pun intended, *insert laughter here*). Cheers to everyone involved! The album will be released by @nuclearblasteurope, so heads up! . . . #bts #behindthescenes #musicphotography #sonyalpha #captureone  #nightwish #pagansmind #floorjansen #nuclearblast #rockmusic #rock #music #band #bands #instamusic #guitar #holland #netherlands #norway #valofirma #evh @nuclearblastusa

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Some more #illustration for personal, visual development. My philosophy is, you shouldn't be afraid of experimenting with creative work or limit yourself to a specific medium. That is, if you happen to find other things appealing. Try 'whatever' and see what comes out of it. As long as you're trying to be creative, regardless of given medium, it allows an opportunity for personal growth. Here, I first tried some inks on a pencil sketch, followed by grayscale markers, followed by charcoal and pastel, followed by digital coloring in #photoshop. It was a mess, and another learning process. At least, now I know how grayscale markers, charcoal and pastels work. And, how NOT to mix them together. The final outlook turned out to be really gritty. I didn't plan it that way, the process just leads you to an end, and mostly, it tends to be a surprise. You get what you get, so don't fight it. . This is Mil Muertes (@banderas_ricky), who appears in @luchaunderground as a ruthless aztek warrior, a destroyer with superhuman strength. A veteran of #prowrestling and #luchalibre, also known as El Mesías in @luchalibreaaa, and lately, as Gilbert El Boricua in @cmll_mx. Apart from his impressive visuals, his in-ring work is awesome. So, if you're a #wrestling fan and not following #LuchaUnderground, you're missing out. Just sayin'. . . @elreynetwork #MilMuertes #RickyBanderas #LuchaLibreAAA #cmll  #UltimaLucha  #indywrestling #indiewrestling #showpaini  #sportsentertainment #independentwrestling #instawrestling #drawing #artwork #2d #illustrator #artsy #artstagram #graphic #instadraw #creative #art #instaart

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Something different for today. I grabbed a #wacom pen a month ago and started experimenting with some #illustration work. The last time I did any #drawing with serious intent was many, MANY, years ago. While some hand coordination and form was still found in the confines of my mind, the process was nothing but frustration, sweating, and repeatedly fixing errors in my spatial understanding. In hindsight, it perhaps served as a valuable lesson for general improvement in visual work. Initially, I meant to have some shirts printed with the #design, to promote @kayfabe_diary (a pet project of mine), but the costs were too high to make it happen. But it wasn't all in vain – I had numerous glasses of #wine to finish the damn thing! . . #luchalibre  #prowrestling #wacomtablet #art #artwork #2d #illustrator #photoshop #doodle #doodling #digitalart #digitaldrawing #digitalpainting #wacomart #fineart #instaart #artsy #artstagram #graphic #creative #instadraw #myart #superheroes #comicbookart

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One more picture from the recent Kauniit Kulmat #makeup #book – a second Audrey Hepburn themed shot, only this time in colour. Man, these were fun to do. I don’t really know why, but I seem to like a lot of the photography made in the Fifties. Maybe it’s the vibe or maybe the photographers at the time were just so friggin’ good. All I know is I’m feelin’ it :) As I undersand it, this particular outfit was related to the 1957 film, The Funny Face. Once again, the dazzling team of @mirellakrlsson @annasaarelainen @klbeauty.fi made the magic happen in front of the camera. . @fitrakirjat #fitrakauppa #microblade #microblading #eyelashextensions #hairextensions #eyes #makeupaddict #meikkaus #meikki #kulmakarvat #3dkulmakarvat #3dkulmat #kulmapigmentointi #katarinalagusbeauty #kestopigmentointi #kauneus #permanentmakeup #cosmetictattoo #eyebrows #eyemakeup #mua #makeupartist #portraitphotography #portrait #audreyhepburn #1950s #fifties #beauty

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So it comes to an end. Here’s the top 9 on my instagram for 2017. The year offered some tough challenges and growing pains, but plenty of fun times to make it all worthwhile. As it’s always been, there are two types of growth; first one is the situation where you feel like smashing your camera, and another is the moment where you get lost in the flow and things just magically happen. If you can occasionally fit both of those in your work, I think it’s safe to assume that some good things will come out of it. As a general note: don’t smash your camera. It can be a costly measure. Shooting two books recently made me realize how much I miss the printed media. Sad to see some cool magazines drop out or struggling. A sign of the times, I guess. But a shame, nonetheless. I've noticed my mind secretly attempting to figure out possible options to counter some of the challenges of print media. I’ve also been collecting some old random magazines, at times for no other apparent reason but to just feel the pages in my hand and browse them through. But let’s embrace the new year with open arms and open minds, and strive for those moments of growth. Bettering yourself is paramount, and the only real option we have. See you next year! . . . #photoshoot #studio #studiophotography #photostudio #wrestling #fitness #crossfit #bodybuilding #music #band #health #book #mma #strobist #nikonphotography #nikonnordic #musician #muscle #bnw #fitspiration #sportsphotography #lifting #pumpingiron #handstand #bodyweighttraining #fighter #books #magazine #magazines #finland

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Here’s another shot from the recent  #eyebrows and #eyemakeup  #book. This one was reminiscent of #baywatch and #pamelaanderson, with a little twist of our own :) Maybe the picture gives hope to all of us in the Northern Hemisphere, waiting for summer in despair and gloom (or is it just me?). But it’s time to celebrate winter solstice now anyway, each according to our own traditions, what ever they may be, so Happy Holidays and Whatever! Be nice! . . Makeup by @mirellakrlsson @klbeauty.fi @fitrakirjat #fitrakauppa #microblade #microblading #hudabeauty #minkeyelashes #eyelashextensions #hairextensions #eyes #makeupaddict #meikkaus #meikki #pmubrows #kulmakarvat #3dkulmakarvat #3dkulmat #kulmapigmentointi #katarinalagusbeauty #kestopigmentointi #kauneus #permanentmakeup #semipermanentmakeup #cosmetictattoo #instabeauty #mua #makeupartist

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Another frame from the recent #eyebrows book. We did some pictures to reflect the styles and brows of recent decades, and here we got a chance to pay tribute to the great Yousuf Karsh, to bring some 1950s vibe into the mix. If the photo feels familiar to you, you’ve most likely seen the original picture of Audrey Hepburn from 1956. One of my very favourite portrait masters and a lot of fun for me to do this one :) . . . . @fitrakirjat @klbeauty.fi @mirellakrlsson #fitrakauppa #eyemakeup #microblade #microblading #hudabeauty #minkeyelashes #eyelashextensions #hairextensions #eyes #makeupaddict #meikkaus #meikki #browsonfleek #pmubrows #kulmakarvat #3dkulmakarvat #3dkulmat #kulmapigmentointi #katarinalagusbeauty #kestopigmentointi #kauneus #beforeandafter #permanentmakeup #semipermanentmakeup #cosmetictattoo  #instabeauty #makeupartist  #instamakeup #mua

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Here’s what’s new. I made a seperate instagram page for my ongoing photo project and named it Kayfabe Diary. It’s @kayfabe_diary and I’ll be posting new stuff as frequently as I can. It’s become a totally different animal, so it needed a home. See if you like it. Thanks. . . . . #helsinki #finland #finnish #suomi  #backstage #bts #personalproject  #documentaryphotography #documentary #fineart #artsy #fineartphotography #artphoto #artphotography #photoart #colour #photooftheday #photogram #photography #photograph #photographer #capture #moments #foto #luchalibre  #prowrestling #fcfwrestling #independentwrestling #indywrestling #wrestling

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So very happy for these guys. @fti_band used to be about prog metal, but now they started all over from scratch, threw all their material out and now it’s in with the new, this time with a mixture of fusion, pop, rock, electronic, Miami Vice, with shades of latin and Africa. Call it what you want, but Saturday night was their night. All new, all bad-ass, all good. Honestly, if you’re a fan of good music, keep your eye (and ears) on these guys right here. More to come. . #finland #finnish #suomi #music #musician #musicians #rockmusic #electronicmusic #indiemusic #indieartist #videooftheday #sonycameras  #band #bands #roland @vicfirth @sabiancymbals_official #sabian #sabiancymbals @sakaedrums #sakaedrums #vicfirth @tuomas_rauhala @ossimaristo @tapiobacklund @roland_us #novation @fender #fender #musicphotography #a6000 #sonya6000 #sonyalpha #mirrorless #rokinon #livemusic #backstage #soundcheck

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Forget the Top-10 fluff tunes, fancy pansy boys who sound like girls and girls who sound like a squeaky toy. Get in touch with your inner Cro-Magnon and witness the return of Stoner Kings. They’re so politically incorrect that even their hair is considered hate speech. New music on the way and they’re playing some shows in the meanwhile. We took a few photos last week with pretty much zero planning, just got out and shot pictures. All’s good. . #nikon  #nikonphotography #nikonnordic #finland  #finnish #suomi #helsinki #music #musician #musicians #rockmusic #rockband  #metalmusic #indiemusic #indieartist  #photoshoot  #portraitphotography  #band  #musicphotography  #a6000 #sonya6000  #mirrorless #sonycameras  #photography #photographer  #photographylife  #urban

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