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I don't remember the first time I took a camera, but it had to be a long, long time ago (I have to find a self portrait shot when I was six to prove this). As my mother says, the only thing that my brothers and I have in common, is that my father taught all of us how to take pictures. I am unable to draw or paint, so it's a lot easier and faster to shoot things. I enjoy myself reporting what I do or where I go, and what I see in the way.

Short bio (I think it's clarifying, as everybody asks):

- Born in Helsinki (Finland) in 1981.
- Moved to Fuengirola (Spain) in 1985 with my parents. My brother and my sister stayed in Finland.
- Started a degree in psychology in Malaga in 1999...
- ... and finished it in 2003.
- Moved to Cardiff (Wales) in autumn of 2003 to do a PhD in vision. I basicly study how people can catch or hit things that fly towards them.

Places I've been to:

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Yes, being twice in St Petersburg is like cheating, I know.

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    Marcin Babul says:

    "Strange ambitious personality, a photographer with his own vision and style. Big up Doc...."

    May 30th, 2009

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    Maciej Dakowicz says:

    "Joni is... Joni. It is great to know him. and his photos are really good and different. a real individualist."

    November 25th, 2008

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    diadà says:

    "joni is my daily fix, my muse, my guide.
    he loves penguins and nine inch nails, which isn't a bad combination after all."

    May 31st, 2008

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    John Goldsmith says:

    "After seeing Joni' recent exploration with colour film, I'm wishing that this thought enters his mind whenever he leaves the house:

    "Colour or black and white? Colour or black and white? Colour or black and white? Both!

    He'll probably respond with a ....Pfff, but the truth is that he is equally smart with both. Joni is the real deal. Keep it up man!"

    April 4th, 2008

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    Bryan.Formhals says:


    March 28th, 2008

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    long-term cave says:

    every morning wake up
    take a shower and then go to your small personal shrine
    sing "I´m a weirdo, I´m a weirdo" while hitting your chest for fifteen minutes.

    I´m sure that after that you can go out and shoot people

    Philip: LOL"

    December 26th, 2007

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    Ward. says:

    "Mr Karanka has an exceptional eye for a good image. I am always in awe of the prints he makes. He looks for the alternative and finds the beautiful. Now after suffering for his art (getting pounced on in Cardiff) he must almost be a true professional."

    August 25th, 2007

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    i didn't mean to go to Stoke says:

    "Joni is a major talent, he so reminds me of the great Robert Doisneau, in his depiction of Cardiff streetlife, with a warmth, humanity and often edgy humour. An insane gift for composition and framing capturing the poetry of everyday life in one stunning black and white after another.
    His whole stream is a sheer delight."

    August 9th, 2007

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    BioMaxPhotos says:

    "This testimonial writing business is a load of crap. Except for the few occasions when you really have something to say about someone. Of course that doesn't mean you actually deserve any saying at all, but here goes my view of Joni.

    If you go to the first page of his photostream you can see that this guy wasn't born like he is today. He even shot in colour with a digicam! But even though he's been shooting since forever, he's finally found his creative niche going back to basics. And you can see the process happening right before your eyes! I can only wish something like that would ever happen to me. Maybe it's just a matter of doing what he did and does: to take pictures, and pictures and more pictures. Quantity doesn't mean quality but practise really makes perfect: Joni is the living proof."

    July 24th, 2007

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    Faberitius says:

    "I hate to write testimonials, but Joni clearly deserves one. His B&W, grainy, superb film's scans can get you into the essence of Cardiff's night life in seconds. Being - apparently - not afraid to bother the subjects of his photos, Joni peers inside the shadows of human behavior without prejudice.

    Oh, hey, you owe me a pint for this one ;-)"

    July 23rd, 2007

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    flattop341 says:

    "Joni captures street life, candids, and the mood wonderfully. I continue to return to this stream to see what new street life he has discovered! On top of everything else he shoots old school! FILM! His shots are warm and capture the mood so well! Keep going Mr. Karanka! And, keep posting!"

    May 24th, 2007

JT Karanka
September 2005
Cardiff, Wales
I am:
Scientist / Analist / Brain