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Interview: Photographer Johnny Lindahl (Denmark)
Tell us something about yourself
I live in the city of vikings Roskilde in Denmark. I am educated as a craftsman, and studied later as an engineer with specialization in management. I am and have always been nerded and little of an rebel asking questions about everything existentially, professional, personal and social. Can it be done differently, must it necessarily be like this way and so on. Personally, I am a very searching, creative in thought and action person.
How and when did you get into photography?
I was initiated in the art of photography by my grandfather at age of 12. Here I learned the analog way in his darkroom, after our photograph walks around city and in the nature. Here was the foundation laid out, and in the following years. I had photo 4. years in youth school, and later as an elective course during my education as a blacksmith. So, a real autodidact photographer.
What does photography mean to you?
The photography is for me my meta room. Here I can be creative in every imaginable way. Rules are learned, and now I spend a lot of time breaking or challenging them so new opinions and expressions can be created. The photography gives me freedom and enriches me by experiencing the feelings of others positive, critical, wondering with their optics. Shortly said. I can not help photographing.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My style. Hmmm yes. I love to play with light and the shadows, to go close to the model and create a relational feeling in my pictures. I often seek to break the norms and dragging the model out of heres comfort zone, creating a space of creative energy and a common sense for the theme. I think the expressing in the pictures makes it´s own talk. It must then be up to the eyes that look, to evaluate the style and the expression in them.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Very often it happens when I watch movies. It can be a pictorial expression or a special scene that opens up my ideas. It can be a conversation I listen to or a part of. It can be a situation in life. Visiting art museums also generate many ideas. Or simply a model / customer who comes with a theme, and then we build up from there. Of course, I'm also inspired by the many talented photographers who have been and are around us now. However, I do not have any specific photographers I get inspiration from though.
Studio, on location or both?
I love both equally. There is a certain beauty of ambient light especially at sunrise and sunset. I´m actually shoots in all kinds of weather. Because there is no bad weather. Cold, wet, frustrating and challenging for both model and photographer, but here are the best pictures most often made.
Studio shoots provide a completely different playground with the light and shadows. The scenes and the whole setup are very different and challenging. Since you do not have the same location options available.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
I always have a basic idea and this one can, and is so often transformed into another or third one. It´s the part of the creative dynamic energi´s law
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Amateur as I do not live exclusively from my work. However, I plan to go professional this year. I am about to create the ground for my business. Keep your eyes open out there.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
That was probably when I was asked, 17 years old, to make a series of pictures of a very beautiful girl from Ølstykke in Denmark. The series was shot with an Olympus OM-10 camera mounted with a Zuiko 50mm f / 1.8 lens shot in ambient light.
We had a studio with a huge darkroom at the technical school. On top of this there was a bold scene with super light from two rows of sloping skylight windows. So here I shot 2 rolls Ilford HP5 + film as far as I remember, of the most beautiful girl I've seen at the time.
The girl whose name should be unknown became super happy for her pictures, these I of course was developing by myself in the darkroom. She invited me to diner after she had getting the pictures and hereafter, my interest in photography was manifested forever.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
My grandfather's enthusiasm for photography, and his ability to convey this on to me.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Nikon anytime with my Nikkor 85mm f1.4D mounted.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Dream. Set goals and act on them. Believe in yourself and your mission.
Be humble and remain curious and remember to make mistakes.
What do you think of our new magazine?
A beautiful graphics magazine. The form is inspirring in content from models and photographers whom delivers great work.
Maria Amanda Schaub
Model Steffanie Escobar
Jette Brendholt Lynge
Nanna Maria Pedersen