What type of photographer are you?
It’s important for me to stay as versatile as possible. Otherwise I’ll grow bored I’m sure. I want to keep exploring the world but also my own skills. Landscape, street, portrait, documental photography, you name it, I want to keep challenging myself as I believe the art of photography is more about the journey and than about the final product. That said, as an actor, I do find human beings extremely interesting and has mostly been shooting portraits. I value candid authenticity with and esthetic touch.
What are your favorite motives?
Lately it has been old men with wrinkles and long beards working as extras. It’s almost like all the lines in their faces each represent personal stories from their life. When I look at those pictures my instant reaction is a need to sit down, grab a beer and hear their life story. I’ve been fortunate enough to call al lot of these men my friends and colleagues through my work as an actor on the TV show “Vikings”. It became my personal mission to, through my photography, add a little spotlight to these people who work their butt of in horrible conditions, but always with a smile on their face, just to be out of focus in the background. In general, I think my favorite motive is anyone who’s prepared to lower their defenses and show themselves. We have to much of the opposite in this digitalized social media world.
Which products do you use today?
EOS-R and mostly my 50mm f/1,2. I wouldn’t know what to do with out my 50mm. Plus, the high resolution on the EOS-R gives me the possibility to make big fine prints, which I’m a sucker for, because photos are meant to be printed.
Can you tell us about a photo moment which you will never forget.
I’m on the set of Vikings shooting a massive battle scene. Hundreds of extras, 4 cameras, bad weather, just long and hard shooting days. A little break comes up, so I’m grapping my camera as always chasing little moments to capture. It’s look like chaos. Literally a battleground. Chopped of heads, dead bodies, arrows, swords, shields and banners are all lying around covered in mud and blood. I spin around and see my friend and Assistant Director standing, leaning relaxed against a ladder, enjoying a quick lunch break with dead bodies lying in perfectly composition around him. I love that photo and the story it tells. As crazy as it gets, it’s just another day at the office.
Can you give an advice to someone who wants to develop in photography.
Get out there and shoot. It’s the only way you’ll develop. Simple, but true. I sometimes go for these walks where I bring my camera and force myself to shoot unusual motives and in a new and different way than what I’m used to. Half the time it’s frustrating and you don’t feel you get any decent photos home with you, but it’s a great exercise. As a self-taught photographer, I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from all the greats. Bought photo books. Surfed the web for inspiration and information. Most of the time I analyse out loud to myself what makes a certain photo great – or the opposite. To me that’s a great exercise too. Dosen’t matter that you seem a little crazy.