Leena Mertanen is a visual artist who examines humanity and femininity in her distinctive, often staged photographic self-portraits. She lives and works in Finland. Symbolism combined with realistic style and several different ways of technical approach to modern photography are the key-elements of her work. She uses film cameras in her more abstract artistic and technical experiments and is a professional-level black and white print-maker. Her often large-scale works are in several private collections in Finland and abroad.