From Norway to Hawaii, and back again.
Photography runs in my family. My grandfather had one of the first DSLR cameras on the market and my dad has always been taking photos of me and my family for as long as I can remember. He would always show them at birthday parties and special occasions. Not necessarily the best photos of me, but I have always appreciated the memories that he has been able to capture. Ten years ago he gave me my first DSLR camera for Christmas. Maybe one of the best gifts ever, except for when he and my mum pitch in to help me buy a full frame camera, a Nikon D610 to be more specific.
I have always had a passion for photography, but it wasn’t until I started shooting with my new full frame camera that I completely fell in love with it. I love the feeling of capturing a special moment and being able to share that moment afterwards. One of my favourite things to shoot is people. Especially of someone doing something they love. That way they are more comfortable and the photo comes out ten times better. I think this is one of the reasons why I like surf photography.
When I was an undergraduate student, I chose to study a year abroad in Hawaii. I loved it so much that I ended up taking my master’s degree in meteorology down there too. As most of you know, Hawaii is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I lived on the Island of Oahu, which is known for its famous surf breaks. Most of my free time in Hawaii was spent in the water, but I always brought my camera and tried to sneak in a few shots every now and then.
I just recently moved back home to Norway. One of my first surf trips after moving back was to Lofoten, one of the most scenic places I have ever been to. The unique thing about Lofoten is the tall mountains shooting straight up from the ocean. Lofoten also has lots of white beaches with plenty of surf. I was fortunate to stay in Unstad for a few weeks, and the sunsets there are simply breathtaking. Ocean, mountains, waves and sunsets – Lofoten is my cold Hawaii and I love shooting surf photography there.