Every now and then I share the work of an artist that inspires me. The photographers are both amateurs and professional, and there is no criteria besides that the artists work is inspiring. Please link to any photographer that inspires you, and maybe this artist will be featured next time.
Today I'm starting a new segment on my website, called Inspirational Photographer. By doing this, I hope to discover and introduce to you talented photographers that inspires others to go out and take images, and hopefully giving the photographer some well deserved exposure. It doesn't matter if the photographer is world famous, professional or an amateur, I want to share quality art.
I knew that I wanted to introduce someone special for the first Inspirational Photographer, and who is a better start than the crazy Norwegian, Stian Klo!
I've been admiring Stian's work for quite a while now, first through instagram (view his profile @_stianmklo ) then also other various social medias. Seeing him succeed with his photography was very inspirational, you need to look for a long time before you'll meet someone as humble and nice as him. Always sharing his knowledge and twisted northern Norwegian humour. I've asked Stian to say some words for the first segment of Inspirational Photographer, and his answer were more then I could ask for. Sit back and enjoy Stian's images and read what he had to say about his photography!
How did you begin with photography?
I purchased my first DSLR camera back in 2009. It was a Canon EOS 600D, and I experimented with everything from architectural fisheye shots, monochrome, wildlife macro shots, long seascape exposures, night photography etc. But it wasn't till the summer of 2012 I became completely addicted. I fell completely in love with landscape and nature photography. Living in Northern Norway having this interest, is like living in a dream, there's literally nature right outside my house. Ever since I was a little boy, I've been interested in photography. For me it's like therapy. I suffer from a something called Horton's headache, so when my medicine doesn't do the trick, I try to force myself to get out there and breath in some fresh air - often it helps, and completely changes my mindset and mood. Has to be said, that I never leave without my trusty iPod and my special "zen" playlists.
What do you want to express through your images?
I want people to experience the feelings I felt whilst shooting the scene. If it's a picture of bad weather and dark skies, I want the viewer to feel the drama and sheer force of mother nature, and vice versa if I'm shooting a beautiful sunset or sunrise - let the sunray embrace you and feel the warmth. It sounds clichè, but it's the truth.
Words of wisdom to people getting into photography?
Be curious and patient - the pictures you see photographers publish, are often a result of years and years of persistence and trials and errors. Some of my most popular images portray scenes that only represented themselves for a minute or two. It's not unusual that I go back to one exact location several times, till I feel I get it right. That can take years! Another tip is to find your own style - don't compare yourself to others. Make your own digital footprint in this world.
Alongside with Arild Heitmann, Stian runs workshops all over the magical Lofoten. Visit LofotenTours for information about upcoming Arctic workshops. You can find more of Stian's inspirational artwork at 500px, Google+ , Instagram and Facebook.
Who is your inspiration? Leave a comment with the photographer(s) that inspire you!