I am an Illustrator and creative Graphic Designer based in Edinburgh.
Ari Salmela was born in Finland, where he still lives today. He is a 60 years old semi-pro photographer, who is more self-taught than educated formally. Ari has been seriously into photography for more than 30 years, and has used everything from 35mm to 4×5, and now a full-frame dslr.
Ari has participated in many group photography exhibitions in Finland from 1988 to 1993. Most important to him was the group exhibition for the first Fotofinlandia competition finalists at The Finnish Museum of Photography in 1989. His main work for the global industrial company kept him away from the art market nearly two decades. The busy industrial world has left behind now and he is concentrating to create photographic art in this new digital environment.
Ari says that he has always loved world images, photographs, paintings, graphics, etc., and digital photography has created new possibilities to make digital artwork from photographs.
Ari Salmela has participated in a group exhibition at The Museum Of Digital Fine Art (MODFA) in December 2011.
Riki has worked primarily in the world of publishing illustration. Since the beginning of his professional career in 2000 he has illustrated more than twenty books. He has done press illustrations, as well as coordinating the illustrations for many magazines. He co-founded and co-edited the illustrated magazine Garabattage in 2001, and founded and edited the publication project, Fràgil.
He has also created posters and book covers, as well worked as a graphic designer. He has illustrated CDs for some musical groups, worked on animation projects, created the scenery and designed the wardrobe for operas, and is the artistic consultant for a contemporary dance company.