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normal in helsinki by guffe normal in helsinki by guffe
Nobody stopped or even turned their heads towards the guy laying on the ground. Except this bewildered looking man, to him it was a great mystery as to why somebody would lay perfectly still on the sidewalk. To everybody else, it was just a normal day in Helsinki...

Nikon D70 with Sigma 70-300 lens
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WildRose6662747 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this pic!!! :D When I was in Helsinki in December I felt so good because no one was turning their heads to stare at my big boots... I can't wait to move there this autumn! :D:D:D
SolitaryQirin Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Ha! Yeah, that's a pretty normal sight in Helsinki. xDD
I miss living there. Good thing I'm moving back in the end of the summer ^^ Even if no one gives a damn about other people on the streets.

It's funny how the Asian guy looks so bewildered in the photo. ^_^
AnitramYnnej Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
noin siinä usein menee :'D
rampale Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Excellent moment captured.
Crow1992 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
My mom actually complain about this very much before my trip.She says that Finns are just bums and I won't see anything more there.But I just don't care,Im used to it because here in Poland you will also see bums,so maybe not so many times but still.Also I've seen an interesting video on youtube what moves this problem,actually It was funny for me. [link] Even if Finns drink a little too much they are still very nice people and I won't stop thinking that Finland is a beautiful country.
petteritt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Professional Photographer
Excellent :)
Ms-Underhill Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I think here somebody would go poking the guy eventually. See how's he doing ... I can't estimate, but he's not old or drunk? I think it's fun if he can go chillaxing on the sidewalk like that, but if he were old or drunk, then it would be sad if nobody cared.

Good shot, makes you think. ;)
tenetsi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
Great shot by the way :)
tenetsi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
Sometimes it is not normal. I think Helsinki has the world record in how long a dead body remained in an apartment before it was found, it took 7 years or so. Nobody missed him. Not even the government. Once I catched a 3 year old boy running on the street, crossing busy roads without shoes. I grabbed his hand and took him to nearest people I saw and asked if they had seen his parents or anything. They all mumbled me something that their bus is coming soon, no they have no phone to call to police, or just avoided my questions and attention. Finally I left the boy to a small shop where the saleswoman promised to take care of him and she called the police. If something unusual happens to you on the streets of Helsinki, don't expect people's help or maybe you better turn to immigrants, they usually help people in need.
yammyqueen Featured By Owner May 8, 2007
The same thing happened to me last year! Though the guy was alot older and on a bench. I walked past an hour later and someone was going over to check on him - very weird nice shot though!
cerasi1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
hehe, i was going to visit helsinki to raid its libraries for mythological fiction, but now i'm coming so i can see that man :D
ShesAJunky Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, thats VERY normal. I was born and raised in Helsinki. At one point lived right downtown. I miss Helsinki very all of its weirdness.
mysh-dude Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006
but still helsinki is amazing city you know ;]
WhiteLadyOfSorrow Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
I'm going to move to Helsinki in a month and I will be turning my head for sure...
I've been lectured about some Finnish habits and I must confess I'm a little... scared.

Good shot.
guffe Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006   Photographer
Finns aren't that bad once you get to know them abit:) What and why are you moving to Finland of all places??
WhiteLadyOfSorrow Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
Eheh, I know :) My boyfriend is a Finn and he is the most interesting person I've ever met. And I really like all the Finns I've met so far, I'm just not very comfortable with their drinking habits...

I'm going to move to Helsinki to live with my boyfriend.
guffe Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006   Photographer
Jep, finns drink quite alot, that's something you'll have to get used to since I don't think it'll change anytime soon. And by the way, Helsinki is great in the summer but not the best place to spend the winter, just so you know:)
WhiteLadyOfSorrow Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
Yes, I've been told all that *several* times. ;) I don't think I'm ready for Winter, to be honest. Here when it gets to -1 (which is kind of rare in my city), everybody starts complaining about how unbearably cold it is.

If you see someone on the street wrapped in blankets it's probably me.
tokatoka Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
Man, i dunno where those drinking-habit-things have come from! Seriously, we don't drink that much :D

Nice shot! I do that sometimes too. Laying on the ground, i mean. It's kinda fun cus people do turn theyr heads sometimes and when they do you can give a big happy smile to 'em ^____^

Whee, i really like this pic *favs*
SilverChakra Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
He turned his head because he is nto Finnish, he is asian. That's why. We Finns don't really care about other than ourselves. We are so shut in ourselves...and man I hate it...

nice pic anyway. And it makes it even nicer that it is in b&w
lhermite Featured By Owner May 12, 2005  Student
Teehee :giggle: this is pretty funny
reduto Featured By Owner May 11, 2005   Photographer
youreinforitnow Featured By Owner May 11, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant photograph, captured the moment perfectly.
sigpras Featured By Owner May 11, 2005

normal day in a cool shot... great moment you an capture when that walking man looking at the man on the ground...
greglief Featured By Owner May 10, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
MarkGreenmantle Featured By Owner May 10, 2005  Professional Photographer
"I think I might just take a quick nap" zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

wouldnt see that here in Brisbane. :lmao: cool pic. :nod:
oOoserenityoOo Featured By Owner May 10, 2005
lol thats funny :D
Little-Vampire Featured By Owner May 10, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this scene with my eyes too... and I was in Helsinki... I thought it was kind of weird that nobody stopped... but then my friend told me "don't worry that's normal" :shrug:
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Shutter Speed
10/12500 second
Focal Length
300 mm
Date Taken
May 9, 2005, 6:34:14 PM