When making today’s selection, I chose culture over photography. The image isn’t representative of Mait Jüriado and his skills shooting portraits. The pic is one of 107 in his album “Estonian Song Celebration 2009“. He is from Suure-Jaani, Estonia, but lives in Tallinn, which is 149 kilometers north off the Gulf of Finland.
Mait explains about the photo and the festival’s history:
These two belong together like Norway and skiing, Russia and bears or England and the Oxford-Cambridge boat race. The Song Celebration tradition started in the middle of the 19th century and it has survived all of the twists and turns in Estonia’s history. It has defied the hardest of times like a frail plant that pushes its way through concrete with its inner strength and then bursts into bloom. Preceded by some local Song Celebrations, the first nationwide Song Celebration was held in Tartu in 1869.
He captured self-titled “To Breathe as One” on July 5, 2009, using Nikon D300. Vitals: f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/350 sec, 180mm.
Photo Credit: Mait Jüriado