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Interview: Monthly winner Jonas Wahlin (Sweden)

Tell us something about yourself
I see beauty in everything. I see the world as a big playground and there are so many things to do, and yet so little time. I think it's importaint to really focus on the things you want to do and the people that matter!

How and when did you get into photography?
Funny thing, I just bough a camera. My first DSLR camera, it was a Nikon d50, and it was so much fun. I think the reason behind me starting to photograph is that I'd seen so many beautiful pictures and then I wanted to create my own! That was almost 11 years ago!

What does photography mean to you?
It's my form of art. I'm not good at any other form of art so this is what I have and I'm doing my best with it :P I think the whole process is fun, from idea and planning to finding that right spoot-styling-pose and click! To post-processing and publishing :)

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
For me it's all about the details, and what I mean with that is everything. Everything is a detail. Pose, feeling, styling, light, settings. But the trick is not to think about it and just shoot and capture the feeling. I only shoot people an I want them to be both comfortable AND look great!

Where do you get inspiration from?
Everywhere! Life! People! Every place I visit, every person I meet. It's a bit too much, actually. You can't turn the brain off and sometimes thats very tiering :)


Studio, on location or both?
Everywhere! I don't discriminate.

Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Yes! I can't shoot it if I can't see it. My mind is always going places and seeing diffrent scenarios. My models know that I have a plan for the shoot and they feel comfort in knowing that I can always help them with expressions and posing.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I bought my first DSLR camera in 2006, three years later i went pro. Never looked back. That said, I love to do testshoots and trying new things. It's a art and you have to contstantly push yourself to get to the next level!

What has been your most memorable session and why?
I don't have just one. I mean alot of shoots are tightly linked to places, memories, and people you meet. And that's all great! But my mind are mostly on the future. What I want to create. Where I want to go! New places, new faces (and some old!), new visions! It never stops.

10 What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Looking at pictuers online, it's like binge eating.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
For me thats like people asking, Nice pictures – what camera do you have? I could ask the same: Great tasting food – what stove brand do you use? For the moment I mostly use a Nikon d700 with a Nikkor 70-200mm lens :)

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
That's the thing, those things are two totally diffrent things. One thing is beeing able to take pictures, good pictures that people are willing to pay for! The other is the business, and thats diffrent from shooting. Business means you have to produce and to market yourself, and that people will always have opions about your work.

What do you think of our new magazine?
Amazing, it's a great way for people to find talent and for artists to show their work!

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