I’m a cinematographer. I’m a guitarist. Writing something too. Basically in Helsinki, Finland.

About images and music

Images and music are independent. Images don’t need music, music doesn’t need images.

Anyway, images and music may live together.
How to make them to live together? How to make a work of art, that handles images and music equally?

In order to achieve that situation, these art forms must give something to each other. However, that’s an optimistic view. Another option is that there will be a fight.

The power of both of these art forms has been fascinating for me. I want to make images, I want to make music. Not necessarily in that order.

For a long time I thought, that I must choose one and make a decision, that one is more important than the other. To concentrate only on one thing. That kind of dedication and attitude make many things a lot easier for you in society, in life.

However, I’ve realized, that I must be truthful to myself.
I’ve realized, that choosing only images or only music is impossible for me.
After concentrating a while only on images, I desperately want to grab the guitar and play – and vice versa.

Today I’m interested in combining these two strong art forms. I’ve started making some short films, collaborating with a few colleagues and friends. Using a short film form, I try to combine images and music in a way, that maintains their independence and power, and at the same time, there is an evolving interaction between these art forms.

Maybe they will live happily together or maybe they will fight against each other for the space they need. At least there will be dialogue between them.

I call this project a “Union”. Different aspects and forms of art will have an interplay. This concept opens up creativity. It drives me to make more images and music. Trying to add some words in there too. I’m looking forward to see, what emerges from it.

There are some results already for you!

The first short film of Union-project was released in June 2021. “Mennyt” (“Bygone”) is a short film about stillness and movement, things that pass. The second short film of the project is “Kaipuu” (“Longing”), released in May 2022.

More information about these short films right here on this site, on Union-page.

Stay tuned for more images, music, words – and some other means of expression and ways to create connection.


Sam Kris, June 2021 (updated May 2022)