How it all started:
“I grew up in a home filled with art, paintings for the most part, but my parents
introduced me and my two brothers to all kinds of art from a young age. Taking us to
different galleries, both locally and internationally. This gave me a drive to be creative, but I
was never really good or had the patience for drawing or painting, unlike my mother, so I
started experimenting with the camera. Trying to create that same artistic expression as
paintings, but through the lens. In that way I could find my own artistic identity.
In the start of my twenties, I got my first job in a small photo shop in the city of Oslo, and
during that first year I got more inspired to evolve as a photographer. So I traveled to Firenze
in Italy to be part of a three month photography course. And my love for the craft grew from
there. After that I applied for a two year education at Norwegian School of Photography in
Trondheim, Norway. Here I could learn from some of the best in the industry, but my
sensible self also started to realize how highly competitive and tough the industry was. Fresh
out of school I started struggling with finding my place as a photographer and how to make
a living out of this profession. That’s when the passion for the craft started to slip away. So I
put the camera away, for several years, and started focusing on other plans for my career.
But I was always reminded by friends, family and acquaintances of how they missed seeing
my work, so I slowly started producing new pieces for exhibitions at a local gallery in my
hometown. And from there I found my passion again, and could focus on doing work and
pieces that I loved.”
Why Street photography:
“After I started to focus more on Fine Art photography, I think my exhibition in 2016 was when I started finding my voice and identity, and started experimenting with a technique by using multiple layers of the same frame. Although I mostly work with one frame expression today, I love trying out new ways a photograph can be presented. With this technique I wanted to make the frame move and come to life, in an otherwise still frame.
To me though this is street, but with that extra layer of expression. It was with this series I was truly introduced to the art of street photography, and was also the gateway to how I work with street photography today.”
What will I be talking about at the GSPF:
“With the title Identity, my main focus with the talk will be on my journey as a street photographer, who I am and how my work speaks today. I will present 3 categories, Multilayer – Shapes and shadows – Stories, and show how my work has evolved and how my photography both relate and differ from each other. “
The presentation will be held in english.