I met the Finnish writer during my 4th trip to Finland when I was working with the finnish navy on the Merisotakoulu series (see in the series). Rosa Liksom wrote the text of my STEPS book in 2002 too. Staying in her place in Helsinki, in the middle of her russian toys collection gave us the idea of a new collaboration around these toys. We talked about a story and made the choice of the toys which could be our characters. And then, I went with two assistants on the frozen ice of the sea to photograph the whole story, with my flashlight and so on. It was -35 degrees celcius… and I remember we had to bring 30 kg of ice cubes in a big bag on the sea… Thinking about it, I’m still freezing. The publisher Tammi decided to finish this book with us… A great conclusion!
22 September 2008