Animal Image is a soundtrack album to a poetic documentary directed by photographer and film maker Perttu Saksa, depicting the infinite relationship between man and animal. Edited to an improvised score by Finnish trumpetist Verneri Pohjola and percussionist Mika Kallio, the film illustrates the emotional bond between man and animal beyond the boundaries of written language or fictional storylines.

The document follows nature-photographer and writer Heikki Willamo’s journey to the landscape of the post ice-age northern wilderness to explore man’s ancient relationship to his prey and Willamo’s personal encounters with the inhabitants of the northern woods. Man, bear, sky and fire: the Finnish forest is a place like nowhere else, a place of dreams and the imagination, an ancient place where its denizens live in the shadows.

Verneri Pohjola, trumpet, electronics
Mika Kallio, drums, gongs

Photo: Maarit Kytöharju