PHOTOGRAPHER AND VISUAL STORYTELLER
TRAVELLING WITH A MENTOR
During my recent travel to Ireland, I brought a mentor. Not in a physical way, but as inspiration and a way to push me further.
One month before takeoff I bought an online mentor course from Magnum, with one of my heroes in photography, Alec Soth, Magnum member.
The course is 6 hours in 19 different classes, from stories about Alec and his projects, on the road shooting and through the editing process.
The course is 100 dollars and really worth taking. <<Link>>
From that inspiration also came the variety in my project (which is not finished yet)
Like the two cold surfer girls on a beach outside Sligo. I made conversation with them about the surfconditions and even though they were cold, they accepted to pose in an Alec Soth way.
I instructed them to stand without posing, just be themselves, and I really think the picture work, also as a piece in my project about Ireland.
AT THE END OF THE WORLD
This picture is from one of the most western points in Europe, it is Slea Head, Kerry in Ireland.
After the telephonelines, after the island in the horisont waits 5000km of Atlantic Ocean before you reach New Foundland.
I was at the end of a long winterday in the region, heading back to Dingle, when the poles suddenly forced my car to stop.
The picture is taken with my Canon Eos R with the new RF 70-200/2.8L, indeed a great lens for landscaping in Ireland.
For a couple of years I owned a Leica Q. The Q is a very good camera, with a fixed 28mm, 24 megapixel, autofocus and what have you.
It have the real Leica feeling, but it is also a modern camera, and because of that it's not the M feeling.
I think people like the Q because it is modern, so they dont panic over not having a lot of whistles and bells on their gear, but to me, the Q didn't offer anything I really needed. Therefore I sold when I returned to the M system. Good to be back.
Not that I didn't take any good pictures with it, this one is from Malaga, Spain.
This picture is taken in Denmark, in a part of Copenhagen called Ørestaden. The highway leads towards Sweden, and the building is part of a larger number of big, modern buildings, in a new community where the cosy cityfeeling is a little hard to find.
I had a nice time, that night in November, one of my last rides on my BMW motorcycle for the season, all dressed in warm bikeclothes and with the photogear in my topbox, easy access to remote places (it's a GS) and enough clothes in the +2 Celsius windy night.
I like to shot nightphotos with my Leica M10+EVF2, and this time with a Tri-Elmar 16/18/21mm optics, on my Gitzo Traveller tripod.
Exposure time is 90 seconds, aparture 8, 100 iso.
LOST IN TURKEY
What I really love about photography is the funny ability to get lost somewhere.
With a camera in hand you can convince yourself to overcome fears/struggles you normally would step away from.
I was visiting southern Turkey and actually only should drive from Antalya to Alanya, a trip of 120km on a Yamaha XT660 motorcycle, maybe 2 hours.
I must have thought it to be too easy, so I took a 300km detour into the turkish mainland, looking for curves for the bike and pictures for the Leica M9/28mm combo I brought.
After 150 km I arrived a at lake, it was 35 degree celsius, I needed something cold and bought myself an icecream.
At a small pier some boys were hanging out and I walked out to see what they were doing. We couldn't talk with each other because of the language, but handsigns and body language is always efficient.
After a longer 'conversation' about my bike and my trip, I asked if one of the boys would take a jump for the camera and one of them accepted to do the stunt.
I quickly measured the light and the distance and made my victim clear that I was ready.
He jumped, I pressed the shutter and together we saw the picture on the screen. I didn't take another and after more talk I drove off to my final distination.
Looking a the picture on my computer, I realized that this picture was a real diamond, and I use a lot in my life.
IN LOVE WITH LEICA
I had a stormy love affair with Leica starting in 2009 ending in 2014. I was in New York on a masterclass workshop with Peter Turnley and challenged my talents in the streets with a huge Canon 1DsMK3 and 35mm/1.4.
I felt so visible to everyone and with my big camera, New Yorkers know their photographers and I didn't pass as the famous 'Fly on the wall', which was my intentions for the duration of the workshop.
On the flight back to Copenhagen I was thinking about changing my approach and after selling stuff and knocking down childrens piggibanks.
I brought home a brandnew and shinning silver Leica M9 and a 28mm Summicron, live could start over again.
For 5 years I had this camera (and an additional black M9) with me on trips, workshops, strolls down the street and motorcyclerides, I was in love, still are in the quality of the files and the colors and the contrast and everything that was so simple on those cameras.
My 28mm was followed up with an 21mm elmarit (Zeiss 21mm finder), 35mm summilux, 50mm summicron and 75mm summicron, what a kit and just good times.
The Leica M9 was Leicas first fullframe rangefinder with a digital sensor, 18 megapixel. It is kind of slow, not always doing what you expect and sometimes take over by itself. Just like a good dog, your best friend but at times annoying, but only in a loving way.
Years later I sold everything, but more about that later..
ALONE IN NEW YORK
This picture is from a series of pictures I took in New York during a holiday there.
All the pictures in the serie is about being alone in a crowd, being surrounded by people but still prefer to aviod contact.
This young girl was deeply concentrated of her phone, maybe waiting for that text to change her life, and I just saw her carrying around with a wellshaped man on the shoppingbag, she brought home.
Taken with a Leica M9 and 21mm Elmarit lens, so I was only 1,5 meter away.
TREKKING IN ITALY
I really like mountains, and I love to trek in them too.
This summer I went to Italy, the dolomites and did the classic treks around Tre Cime, up to Flanes and around the lakes.
I brought my M10 and three lenses, 21mm/3.4, 28mm/2 and 75mm/2, a perfect combo in a Billingham Hadley Small, weighing around 3 kilos, fullframe with the best glass in the world.
I use a Visoflex viewfinder for the 21mm (almost) and sometimes for the other 2 lenses.
When you shoot in the wilderness, superwideangle can often be a little dull, because of the perspective being flatten out of the distances.
It's important to bring in som foreground like the rocks in image no. 1, and like the trees in image no. 2, both taken with my 21mm.
At Tre Cime, i tried to move in really close, to avoid the distance/perspective issue, but of course, then you cant frame the whole mountain in one shot.
Instead I made 3 overlapping pictures and stitched them in Lightroom afterwards, bringing a better balance between foreground and background.
What do you think?
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