About

Sonja Loviisa Holopainen is a photographer living in Helsinki Finland, who has also spent time in both California and New York City. She has worked with digital photography since 2009 and film photography since 2012. Currently her work is being manifested through various social media platforms, such as Snapchat and Instagram. Sonja completed her B.A. in Art and B.A. in Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2014. Two years later she completed her M.A. in Design Studies at Parsons the New School for Design. Her thesis investigated consumer culture on Instagram by looking at images that contain products and consumer objects.


My work is autobiographical, exploring the emotions and ideas that I experience during my day-to-day life. Even though my images are often very personal, I enjoy having an element of ambiguity, leaving space for the viewer to insert themselves into the work. Central themes that I find myself repeatedly going back to are loneliness, anxiety, and disillusionment.

Professionally, I am interested in engaging with visuals and being creative within a commercial context. I'm attracted to the idea of infusing beauty, excitement, and creativity into mundane, everyday moments.