Some moments, very few of them, will stay in our memories. It’s usually those that are far from the ordinary, those that stand out for a certain reason. Most will be forgotten; this is simply how our brain functions. Imagine if our brains remembered everything we´ve ever seen, eaten, smelled, felt, liked, disliked, and experienced.
I know, it´d be great but that´s simply not the way it is
Over the last few years, I’ve had more and more opportunities to be in photo shoots, in front of the lens. I´ve worked with a lot of different photographers from around the world and from those I also got a glimpse behind the scenes. I was super curious and learned about settings, lenses, light, angles, the use of terrain and developed an eye for the shot myself.
Understanding both sides of the lens helps immensely with creating great images together. It´s basically about listening to the instruction, envisioning the final image, and translating it into the right turn so the photo works out the way we want. In the end it´s a team effort and for sure having worked together for several times will make the job easier, better, and more enjoyable.
Some days shooting ski photos is great fun. It´s fun when everything comes together: good snow, good light, a day spent in the mountains with good people and, finally, great images in our pockets.
And then there are some days that are rather tough. These are the days when the conditions are not in your favor, and you still somehow have to make it work. “We must make gold from shit” kind of days or the “Fake it until you make it” kind of days as we call it.
But either way, we have to make the effort pay off.
Some time passed and I bought my first camera. At the time I traveled solo a lot, spending most of the summers wandering around, living in my van and exploring whatever crossed my path. There was never a plan, route, or goal. I simply wanted to be. Wanted to do whatever felt good, so I did exactly that.
Photography came in handy since spending so much time alone is not always easy. It can make you feel, well, lonely. It gives you time to reflect and ask yourself uncomfortable questions. It can even make you question yourself.
The hardest part for me though were not these tough times, rather it was the beautiful moments, the moments that take your breath away. What was tough about that was not being able to share those moments when traveling alone!
I can easily get lost in finding the right angle, perspective, and light. I can spend hours taking a photo of one subject. I can also easily take 100 photos of the exact same scene and then have a hard time deciding which one of the 100 (same) shots I am going to keep (haha)!
I have no idea where photography is going to take me, but what I do know is that I love everything about it. It gives so much back. I love seeing the immediate outcome after putting in the effort, grinding all day and working towards something that you hope will be great in the end.
You always get rewarded. It’s a craft. It’s your own. It’s your creativity and imagination. It has your signature. It’s your art.