“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
~ John Muir ~
Photography has been a part of my life since early childhood. My parents and grandparents documented all the important moments, first in black and white, later in colour. In my mid-teens I was given my first SLR camera by my grandfather and since then I have actively pursued this wonderful pastime.
At first, I took pictures of anything that caught my eye, then I got into concert photography for some years and with the switch to a digital camera I photographed my sighthounds at each and every opportunity.
Eventually, my love of forests and nature steered me more and more towards landscape photography.
I’m mostly drawn to the kind of places that people have always told stories about. Forests, mountains, moors, water. There’s always a sense of the unknown, of darkness, mystery and danger. These places can be frightening, but they are also alluring and often necessary, because they provide shelter or nourishment.
In legends, fairy tales and modern fantasy these kinds of places always play a major part, sometimes even as sentient beings. Photography gives me the means to explore the relationship between humans and these fabulous places.
I love to discover real locations that complement the images in my mind which I imagined while reading, watching movies or playing games. Once I’ve found such a place, I like to use the camera to really get to know it, to immerse myself fully in its atmosphere, light mood, shapes and textures. The images I create enhance the experience of those stories for me.
My intention is not a realistic portrayal, but the capture of an emotive and ephemeral moment full of mystery and mood.