Не забудем посмотреть на последнее фото (там автора). Если у вас плохое настроение – оно мгновенно исправится
It’s often the little things that make all the difference. The good picture is a question of detail; a red eye, a wrinkle, a suppressed smile. It’s therefore also more interesting to show a person’s frailty than asking them to jump out of a plane with a parachute on their back. But it’s difficult to reach the essence in the space of five minutes. That takes time.
I studied Photojournalism and was a trainee at “Politiken”, national Danish newspaper. Already at that time I was fascinated by portraits, but at a newspaper things have to move fast, and there is seldom time to go into great depth. It’s a question of rush in – rush out. When I was sent to take a picture of an important business figure, I had the time it took him to get from one meeting to the next. That’s alright to start off with, because it gives you the possibility to try yourself out, but as time goes by a sense of superficiality creeps in; both in your work and in the pictures you produce.
After qualifying, I worked freelance and started to take portraits for magazines. When I visited people, they had often allocated an hour for me to take the picture in, and it was fantastic to be able to work on taking the portrait in more depth. At that time my ambition was to get close to the people I was photographing. That is still my aim. When you’re young and uncertain it’s tempting to hide behind effects. You tend to pile it on; bright lighting and lots of smoke. Later you find out that even the most fantastic lighting and the thickest cloud of smoke can’t rescue a bad picture. If the face lacks life, then everything else is irrelevant.
Today I’m more aware of allowing myself time when I’m taking a picture. I try to find out what kind of person I’m faced with. What’s involved? Is this a person who is interested in spending time on producing a good result? Or is it someone who really doesn’t feel like being photographed? Or perhaps he’s just shy? Taking photographs is not just a question of technique. It’s also a matter of being able to meet other people and understand their lives.