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Photographer's Note

There are five girls here, but probably there's a particular one that you are looking at...

They had exaggerated make-up and coloured decorations, and that was the main reason I shot them.

The event is the Spring Day celebrations, which in Finland take place on April 30 (it's a long winter up there), since Viking times, they used to celebrate the arrival of spring with bonfires through the night of that particular date.

In modern times it's a Carnival-style festivity: there are balloons and joy, people drink their first beers outside, there are clowns and masks and a lot of fun. The celebration is typically centered on plentiful use of sparkling wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Oulu is the largest city in Northern Finland (pop. 130,000).

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It's an old picture (from 1989) which I was trying to "rescue".

The shot has suffered from three different processes: deterioration due to age, scanning and conversion to B&W; the resulting quality is certainly not 100%, but I thought it is hopefully good enough to appreciate this scene and moment.

I found the conversion necessary because the colors of the print had faded, and to emphasize and homogenize the expressions of the girls.

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