I met Saara Salmi and Marco Melander this year at FotoFestin Houston, TX. They were my very first meeting on the first day of the portfolio review event. I was surprised and excited to see this husband and wife duo using a 19th century photographic style to display their unique portraits. The look and feel of their cabinet cards were mesmerizing. I was hooked!
Atelieri O. Haapala, The Baron #2, 2012
Atelieri O. Haapala is a Neo-Victorian portraiture studio and brainchild of Helsinki, Finland based photographers Saara Salmi and Marco Melander. The studio seeks to create and renew the Victorian epoch by means of photography and performance art. The protagonists of this reenactment are Mrs. Onyxei Haapala and her faithful companion Mr. Helmut Schweinstein.
Atelieri O. Haapala, Missy Macabre #1, 2010
Atelieri O. Haapala does not aspire to faithfully replicate history, but rather to create fiction nostalgically inspired by the visual realm of the 19th and the 20th century, an era characterized by optimism and strong faith in technological development.
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