This picture of my then one-year-old boy was among the first sheets I shot. It is not that easy using an 8×10″ large format camera to take a picture of a kid, and it requires a bit of preparing. I sat up the tripod and camera first, getting the light and background that I wanted. My wife then held him over her shoulder in front of the camera so I could focus. I made sure she knew how she was standing and how he was resting over her shoulder. I also made a mark where she was standing so she could stand at the exact same spot. When I had the composition I wanted, I loaded the camera with film. I then measured the light and that’s when it started to get tricky.
This is Jylland. The Danish west coast. You don’t see too much of the scenery in the photos, but it’s a fantastic coastal landscape. It’s very different from my native Norwegian coast but I still feel a sense of familiarity and ease there. The first photo is analog and shot with my Hasselblad 500C/M on FujiPro 400 pushed one stop, while the three others were shot digitally the next day with my Canon 6D. And to me these photos represents what separates analog photography from digital photography.
I took this photo at my nephew’s confirmation. The picture is of my niece – his older sister. It’s shot with my Hasselblad 500C/M on Ilford Delta 3200. I always use this film when shooting indoors. I’ve never mastered the use of flash to be honest. The film’s characteristics, I find, suits the scene in this wooden church very well – ads a bit of mystery or atmosphere to it.
This is a picture of my hometown Kristiansund. It is located on three small Islands on the northwestern coast of Norway, with the city center located at the harbor basin. This is also shot with a large format camera, using color film this time. And again I’m applying camera movements to accentuate what I find to be characteristic for this city. But also because I wanted to shoot wide open and try the tilt effect for what it’s worth. I found this motive to be a perfect place to try that effect to the fullest.
I shot this photo in the woods at my wife’s cabin. I knew I wanted to play around with the depth of field as I like the shape and texture of the worm fern. Therefore, in addition to my family and me I wanted those to be in focus. Anything else, I thought, could be out of focus.