How do you find a perfect location?
There is often a lot of planning involved. In the beginning, I use apps like Google Earth and Photopills. When I think I may have found the right spot for the shot which I am envisioning, I grab my camera, go exploring and take a few photos from a variety of perspectives. If the preliminary shots and location suit my vision, then I return with an athlete. It can take more than a year from the initial idea to the final picture.
Tell us the story behind your lakeside shot from 2019
The location of the final image wasn’t my first choice. When the idea first came to me, I tried two different mountain lakes, however, I didn’t realize just how difficult it would be to find a perfectly calm lake to capture the reflection I envisioned. When we still hadn’t had any luck on our third try in Grindelwald, we decided to try one last time before sunset. As my homeboy Marco and I returned from a short hike, the wind suddenly died down and a breathtaking reflection appeared. Ten minutes later, the waves reappeared and the landscape changed. However, this time I got the image that I was looking for and was delighted with it!
Do you have some tips on how to find new spots and locations?
Open your eyes! Often many good spots are not far away; you just need to see their potential.
Will you enter Red Bull Illume?
Absolutely! I am already looking forward to it. This year, I focused on locations close by and I discovered the mountains in my own backyard from a variety of new and different angles.
What impact did the Image Quest 2019 have on your life?
To have a picture in the Red Bull Illume Photobook is a huge honor for me. When I reflect on the impact it had on me, it makes it easier for me to convince professional athletes to take part in my strange ideas!
What are your favorite places to shoot?
The northern region of Norway during the midnight sun is surreal and breathtaking for a photographer to experience. However, I can’t decide on just one favorite place, each has its own beauty. I really love to discover new places.
How far would you go to get to the perfect shot?
I think as far as I need to in order to achieve my vision. Recently, I had the idea to illuminate a tower which had no public access. I was informed by the management that the only way to gain access would be to donate enough money to get the key - for life. It is kinda odd that I am now the co- owner of a lighthouse which I will probably never enter again, and all because of a single flash.
How would you describe your style of photography?
A fluid motion between breathtaking mountain scenery and extraordinary architecture, while infusing action into the shots when it presents itself.
What makes the “perfect” image for you?
Apart from the necessities of a good picture, such as composition, colour and location, the perfect image must grab my attention and have a certain wow effect. I think finding uniqueness is the best way to capture the perfect image.
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