Hi, I am Thomas Kast, the man behind Salamapaja. I grew up in Karlsruhe, Southern Germany and since about 15 years I live in Oulu, Finland. Besides my day job and family, I spend my time being a passionate photographer, videographer and tour guide.
Things I photograph are mostly landscapes, especially the mystic Aurora Borealis. Through my photos I am trying not only to capture visual beauty, but it is important to me to convey the atmosphere and the feelings I experience.
When I am out with my camera, I always try to keep my eyes open for patterns and details in nature. To find these, I need to switch off my landscape mind and refocus on close-ups. For me, this often helps to see the landscape afterwards with a fresh pair of eyes.
In my portfolio you can see a selection of my photos. To see all, you can browse through the Galleries section. Using the loupe iconon the top right of each page, a search by keywords is possible as well.
Being fascinated by nature and technology, I also doing a lot of time-lapse videos. These projects of course include landscapes, auroras and nature, but also people, traffic and so on. In the Video section you can see some of my work.
Tour guiding is something I do since autumn 2012. Besides my mother tongue German, I am fluent in English and Finnish. I am still working on my Swedish. You can find more info in the Tours section.
To me, Northern lights are one of nature's most amazing miracles. There are only few things better in life than to see auroras dancing in the sky. I consider myself lucky that I have seen many so called shows; each of them was unique. The colors are usually pale, but they can be strong at times. A moving curtain can stretch as far as your eye can see. Sometimes it is as if the sky is filled with piano keys: someone is pressing them and light appears, instead of music. As if this would not be enough, a corona can open up. Countless rays become visible in multiple colors mostly right above you. For me personally this is the icing on the cake, it feels like looking into the soul of Northern lights. Waiting in the cold for hours can be hard, but seeing a show from Lady Aurora is priceless.
For those, who travel to see auroas, I've put together some information in my guide: Fox fires - an Aurora Borealis guide. There you can find lots of useful information.
In case you wonder, Salamapaja comes from two Finnish words: salama (lightning or flash) and paja (workshop).
A list of awards received and mentions in the media can be found on this page.
If you have any questions about my work, licensing videos, aurora sighting tours or anything else, please contact me via the contact form. I will be happy to hear from you!
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