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Interview: Kaox-Photography (Denmark)
Tell us something about yourself
My name is Katrine. I’m a 26 year old part-time photographer from Denmark who enjoys the wild side of photography.
How and when did you get into photography?
I started getting interested in photography when I got my first camera at the age of 12. At that time it was mostly nature and macro, but as I got older I found out how much more interesting fashion photography is.
What does photography mean to you?
It has always had a kind of therapeutic effect on me. I get to distract myself by making something new and exciting with a new model and to get that one picture that sends me over the moon is why I do what I do. Its always nice to get good feedback from others, but it’s that particular feeling I hunt and love.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I love photographing models with specific features like crooked teeth or maybe a huge tattoo that hugs and follows the lines of the body. It’s important to me that it’s not just another pretty face. I’m celebrating the awkward, raw and fun part of life.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I mostly get the inspiration from music and people. A particular song can make me scream, shout, laugh etc., so you could say I photograph out of emotion.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
I always have a clear picture in my head of what I want out of a photosession, but I always end up going in another direction when I have the model in front of me, because the model inspires me to go further.
Studio, on location or both?
I love photographing on location. I take pride in finding the right location, but sometimes studio just fits the idea better, so both.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I have paid jobs, but I mostly photograph for the joy, so I guess I’m in-between.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I’ve lived across an abandoned machine factory for many years, so I tried contacting the company who used to work there, and fortunately enough they agreed to let me and a model in. It was truly abandoned. All the old machines were still there, but the place was a mess. Shattered glass, bolts and dirt everywhere. The factory had only a few small windows, so it was with high ISO and low expectations that I entered the building. I came out bruised, covered with dirt and glass piercing my hands. It was a very good day.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Interacting with other photographers - networking and co-creating new projects. I’m inspired by the fact that I can always get better. I know I’m not the best, far from it, but I learn new things everyday.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
My first DSLR was a Sony a200, but then I fell for Canon and never looked back. I almost only photograph with my 50 mm, but my dream right now is a 135 mm.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Well, first of all you have to be able to network. Contacts and skills are how you get into the world of photography, but service is how you stay there. If you have a customer who enjoyed your work, your personality and is happy with the overall experience, they will tell another who will tell another and so on.
What do you think of our new magazine?
The magazine is great. The concept is genius and so many photographers as well as models appreciate the work behind this magazine.