Interview: Photographer Adam Overgaard (Denmark)
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Tell us something about yourself
I’m 20 years old, born and raised in Denmark. I’ve always been into photography, videography and graphic design, but it’s only in the past year that I’ve really had the time to find passion and develop my skills for photography. I graduated high school in the summer 2016, and since then I decided to take a little bit of time off from school and focus on the things that brings passion into my life. I’ve realized photography helps me to develop as a person and I’m grateful to do what I do.
How and when did you get into photography?
My interest in photography started in the age of 14 as I enjoyed editing and manipulating images. I started by download stock photos off the internet to manipulate them and learn the tools within Photoshop, but at some point I started to take my own photos. Since then it has naturally developed and camera equipment has gradually been bought.
What does photography mean to you?
I’ve always enjoyed being creative but photography has shown to be my first priority when I express my creativity. Photography helps me to develop but also challenges me. Photography constantly changes the way I look at things. I’m becoming more aware of the things I see – how the light hits an object, perspectives, movements, expressions...
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I think my style has some kind of retro feeling to it. I like to raise the blacks and add grain. Also, I usually desaturate the colors a tiny bit.
Where do you get inspiration from?
As I like to experiment with a lot of different genres, I’m inspired by a great variety of things. I differently find inspiration in other photographers, but mostly I’m inspired by nature and colors.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?
Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. If I’m planning a shoot, I usually have some kind of moodboard and an idea in mind, but I find it interesting to troubleshoot a project. It challenges the creativity and makes you work differently – often you end up with some stunning and very interesting shots.
Studio, on location or both?
I do both. I like to mix it up and not just stick to a specific thing.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I always talk about photography as my “expanded hobby”. I love photography and I still see it as a hobby of mine, but I do have paid jobs.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I don’t really have a “most memorable session”. I’ve had a lot of great sessions, and they have all been very different in their own way.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
It’s had to mention the biggest source of inspiration, but I’m very inspired by nature, feelings/expressions and colors.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Between Nikon or Canon I don’t really think one brand is better than the other. I’ve always used Canon, but that’s just what I’ve been used to from the beginning. A fancy camera doesn’t make a great photograph. Right now I’m using a Canon 5D MK III, but up until a few months back I was using a Canon 60D – not that fancy of a DSLR but I loved it and still do.
Currently my favorite lens is the Sigma 35mm F/1.4 Art. My second favorite would be the Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L USM II, but since I mostly used it around 35mm I decided to buy the 35mm from Sigmas Art-series. Still using the 24-70mm a lot for event and wedding photography tho.
What is one piece of advance you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Have fun. Great work doesn’t come from stress and doing jobs you hate. Make space to be creative, and make priorities. Put effort into you work, and eventually you work will shine through.
What do you think of your new magazine?
I think it’s great! Honestly! I’ve been following a lot of photographers who have been featured in the magazine, but most of them just show their work. They don’t really talk about it. The interviews in Modellenland makes it possible to read a bit more about the artist. Also the magazine is filled up with some great inspiration!