In November I moved to a new city. I now live in Malmö which is in the south of Sweden close to Denmark and its capital Copenhagen.
I used to live 5 hours north of Malmö, close to the Norwegian border. The town I lived in, Strömstad, was much smaller than Malmö and is located by the sea. It has a gorgeous archipelago and a great coastline. From my apartment I could see the sea and I could see the horizon from almost any place in town.
This is not the case anymore. Malmö is the third biggest city of Sweden and it takes me a while just to get out town. And to make it worse – when I get out of town I mostly see flat farming land or industrial areas. This move probably seems really strange for someone who makes a living in landscape photography…
But don’t worry. Everything is not as bad as it sounds. Just an hour from where I live is one of my favorite national parks in Sweden, Söderåsen National park, a magnificent beech forest that I love. I also have a rugged coastline not more than one and a half hour away.
So will this move have any impact on my photography?
New places to explore always means new pictures and hopefully a leap forward in my photography. I have already got some pictures that I like a lot from my new part of the country. I really look forward to the spring which comes much sooner in this part of the country than I am used to. The spring here is fantastic and earlier I drove 5 hours just to come here during the spring to take photos and hold workshops in the area. Now I don’t have to travel to get here and I really look forward to the spring this year.
I look forward to see how and if my images change and what kind of motifs I will find when i explore my new area.
Have you notice your pictures and style change after moving to a new city?
This is an image from January 2013 from Söderåsen National Park that I mentioned earlier. It was a misty gray day, I really love days like this when you can work with the same light all day. No stress to find the best spot for sunset just a calm and energizing stroll through a gorge looking for motifs and hanging out with friends on coffee breaks.
I love to find patterns and structures among rocks. The subtle colors and soft shapes is what drove me to take my camera out of the bag. It´s an early morning on a clear day. I worked in the shade to make the most of the morning.