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While I still remember my first encounter with a camera, I do not actually remember the exact reason of why I got into photography. My family always had a camera around for family pictures but it was not before my teens that I started paying more attention to my mother and grandmother taking family snap shots on holidays and understanding the joy it brought them when they were showcasing our family albums.
Born in Germany, but grew up on the country side in Sweden – with neighbors, cities and friends often being miles away. Due to this remote time, I developed an early urge to “get out”. Growing older and getting more bored of education, I eventually dropped out of school at the age of 17 and it was around that time I started growing my interest for photography, by accident. With no idea or plan of how to actually make money I got offered a rare opportunity by a state sponsored project in the form of an internship with a successful local photographer couple that just moved back from the big city to start a family. Very soon, photography started representing a “way out” for me to see different places and things rather then me being interested in photography itself even though I enjoyed the work and tasks that were given to me.
To actually love and develop a passion for the craft of photography was something I learned through my love and interest for the hip hop culture, especially breakdance. I transferred my passion and dedication for the dance into photography, which really helped propel my photography career.
Hard work yields amazing results – as in the harder I worked towards my goals the better the reward. Which, on a side note, and I write this with a smile on my face, is not necessarily always true as a young freelance artist. I’m sure a lot of freelance colleagues can relate. But for these very moments you have your passion to keep you alive.
During my breakdance career, I traveled to competitions, first within Sweden and later around Europe. The camera always on my side, it slowly became a tool to explain the world and people around me. The more I traveled and explored, the more I wanted to understand things, which taught me not only an important photography lesson, but also a valuable advice for life. It’s all about perspective!
Photography has given me a lot during all these years, from joy to hard life lessons, from being inside of my comfort zone to being outside my comfort zone, from 5 stars hotels to hammock nights in the jungle, but most of all it has given me the opportunity to be my true self and who I want to be. Free, curious and to inspire other people to live life instead of getting caught up with it. So what’s my summary of being a photographer? I wouldn’t know, because I am still busy explaining the world around me.