Tõnu Runnel

Tõnu Runnel is an Estonian entrepreneur and photographer.

Veski, Tartu. When sunlight is veiled with fog, shadows disappear. Surfaces appear to be clearer and colors can stand out in their pure form. Only if they are close enough, of course.

PICTURES: Eesti mist through the eyes of photographer Tõnu Runnel

The fog cuts the sight short  –  and substitutes it with imagination. This way, mist expands the space around us, forces our minds to construct objects and narratives beyond the milky and soft, opaque air. Sometimes, the rain and tusk do the job as well. Estonia has a fair share of …

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Tartu Town Hall Square. This laid-back classicist old town is where my Tartu office lies. Nothing beats the foggy weather during the blue hours of short late autumn days. It’s soft, sweet and relaxing for some – and, yes, appallingly morbid for others.

PICTURES: Eesti blues through the eyes of photographer Tõnu Runnel

Estonians cherish their beautiful summer, long sunny days and short fairy-tale nights. In return, most of us are inversely aching about the rest of the year – the dim, wet and somber days of fog and darkness. Then again, the bad weather is as beautiful as those sunny summer days …

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PICTURES: Eesti autumn through the eyes of photographer Tõnu Runnel

The Estonian summer is a great nostalgic brand, a destination on its own. But once the autumn hits, everyone leaves. Not just the migratory birds and the summer-Estonians of the world, but also those who go to school and work in our few bigger towns. They leave their country houses, …

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Supilinn, Tartu. The Japanese moment of Estonia — instead of the cherries blossoming — the apple trees signal us the beginning of summer. We move outdoors, to cook and to eat, to read and to sleep. This is a rooftop terrace on top of a wood shed—summer literally throning above winter.

PICTURES: Eesti home through the eyes of photographer Tõnu Runnel

Thousands of Estonians of the worldwide diaspora are flocking towards their tiny home between the Baltic Sea and Lake Peipus every summer. More locally, those living in the cities and towns move to villages and summer houses – almost like a great seasonal migration between the summer and winter pastures. Estonia …

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