Ever since I was a little boy I was attracted to everything visual. My parents was probably sick of all the drawings I gave them through my early years, but I loved creating them. Besides, they were cheap gifts and that’s always a bonus during the years when the main currency was candy.
I experimented with drawing cartoons, charcoal drawings, paintings, sculpture and whenever there was an event that required filming I rushed at the opportunity to handle the camera, even at a very young age. Turned out I was better at filming than any of the adults. I couldn’t read a book for the life of me, but I sure could handle a camera.
This soon developed into me buying my first proper camera: a Canon EOS 3000 – the analog version. With a rather cheap lens and tripod I started experimenting. Developing was a pain though, even though it was exciting once the photos arrived from the store, but my interest and progress sky-rocketed once I got my first digital camera. Not only could I now take huge amounts of pictures but I could also see the results immediately. So if I made a mistake I knew what it was, and I made lots of them.
My interest progressed further and soon I learned which range I enjoy shooting in. Actually, when I get a camera in my hands and I have a story in front of me I go nuts. I get into some weird trance where the only thing that exists is photographing and my mind starts to jump into hyperdrive. To me, it’s like meditating on steroids. After a session I’m extremely excited, can’t wait to go to download the pictures into my computer and I’m also exhausted. I get completely drained in a few hours, since they are intense hours.
I do not care for the technology. I do not care for “tack sharp” images. I want feeling. I want to connect with the person I photograph, or to feel small in the beauty of an immense landscape. I want to think and create new. I want to hear that shutter as it fiercely opens and closes, capturing just a mere millisecond of life in one frame. There is something special for me to see something beautiful and show it to others how I see it, or to capture a story in the blink of an eye and make it history.
So I’m not like many other photographers. I won’t tell you which lens to buy, nor how you should construct the image. If you ask me the best advice on taking a great portrait I’d say it’s in connecting with the person. All forms of photography is about, in some way, to connect with the subject. It’s a relationship that shines through and transfers to the photos. It’s about loving what you do – and I do.
When you look at my pictures, I hope you can tell.