After a few years of studying to be an engineer in material science. I chose to change my future to something more creative, something that makes me meet creative people, and started to study photojournalism to combine photography and writing. After a few years at Sweden’s biggest newspapers, I found my spot at Kamera & Bild, where I started to work as a technology journalist, testing cameras and writing articles, combining my technical experience with my photojournalistic ones. After a year I took over to be editor-in-chief; now leading the work to make the most exciting photography paper in Sweden.
Kamera & Bild is the biggest photo magazine made in Sweden, for the Swedish audience; including all exciting articles about photography, with the aim to make the reader a better photographer: in-depth interviews with many of the undiscovered and upcoming photographers all around the country, but also established ones, who have worked as photographers for a long time. It is always about the photos – they are the central part of Kamera & Bild.
For me, a great adventure and action photo is a capture in time that can broaden the timeline to tell a story – what happened before? What will happen after? Even better is if the feelings to explain the situation can be transferred to the one looking at the photos, so that the story can be lived and felt, too. In that way, a photo will grow with time, and get a broader meaning the more we look at it. And I am always stunned about the photographers that can take photos that give me goosebumps when looking at them.
As a photojournalist, my favorite photos are the real ones, the ones that are not staged, since they often talk right into my mind. This makes my relationship with photography close to the real world, and usually includes people in the photo too, because people’s expressions are so personal and individual. But I can also enjoy a good scenery, artistic and set-up photos too. But they have to have a meaning, a story. It is also amazing to see what it takes to get one picture – a lot of co-ordination, planning and sportsmen doing the impossible.
Today it is easy to equalize the meaning of good photography with “good technical skills”, but a good photo has something deeper to tell, than just being perfectly structured pixels. I guess it’s pretty common to say “be unique” as a pro tip, but if you twist around your first idea for a couple of rounds, I’m sure you could find something that is one-of-a-kind, and also have your personal twist merged into the photo. And perhaps you can make that photo part of a bigger story, a story that the viewer really wants to dig deeper into.