Leena Ylä-Lyly (born in 1979, Juupajoki, Finland) is a Helsinki based photographer who's main focus in her work is stillness, death and emptiness.
She earned her Master of Arts degree at the Aalto University in 2017. Her work has been shown in a various group exhibitions in Finland. Her series November was her second solo exhibition.
November deals with the themes of death, silence and emptiness and the meditative aspect of photography. The works have been influenced by Zen Buddhism, traditional Japanese visual art subjects and ikebana.
In 2013, I met a Buddhist man, a Zen practitioner, who had an incurable illness. I began to photograph him and familiarize myself with Zen meditation. We often discussed what was coming. November is about the shadow of death in the light of Zen. Death as a theme cannot be ignored or over-discussed. It is eternal and always relevant. Silence, emptiness and stopping before the essential are part of the same entity.