A myth says that saunas have a power of healing. People use to heal themselves self by whipping their bodies in steamy saunas with birch whisks usually. You thank the spirit with a ritual when you throw heat on the huge pile of hot stones – calling in the spirit of Sauna.
Ylijääskö shot dozens of saunas between 2016-2017 and the work is continuing. In this series you can find landscapes and people on top of saunas, all being a sensitive part of the spirit of sauna. Ylijääskö has his own unique style of black and white photography and his use of contrasts and lack of gray scale brings certain crispiness to his images.
“Sauna is a sacred place to all Finns. Architecture reminds religious buildings. It’s a religion. We build saunas in the most creative ways: in a car, a boat, a tent or even a train. It’s the first thing we build in a new home, it’s the first thing we do after a long trip. It’s a temple where everybody is equal. All undressed and naked. Men and women. It’s confessional where the sins are washed away” Ylijääskö says.