S/s Hanasaari

Photography, 2006

The history of Hanasaari A power plant in Helsinki, demolished in 2008, inspired this series of photographs.

The plant was built in 1957-60 on an island in the harbour. This coincided with the maritime industry’s development of converting from steam to diesel power. Thus many sailors and steam engineers, their skills now outdated, found new work at this power plant. “S/s Hanasaari” they used to call their new workplace!

I was able to persuade many of the long-term workers at the plant to pose as sailors in their huge steam ship. A ship which never, unfortunately, was able to leave the harbour.