Interview: Monthly winner, Photographer Christian Nilsson (Denmark)
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Tell us something about yourself
I´m Swedish but I live and work in Copenhagen. I work as a manager in a major global company and I work a lot. The free time I have goes to my kids and my photography.
How and when did you get into photography?
I used to live as a poker player, which meant that I from time to time walked around with a hell of a lot of cash in my pocket. One of these days I passed by a photo store and thought to myself that a nice camera probably was something I needed, which I of course didn´t... The camera lay pretty much untouched for a couple of years until one day a friend of mine, a stripper friend, asked if I could take some photos of her and her other stripper friend since I had this nice camera. This of course sounded like a really great idea! I didn´t really have so much knowledge to what I was doing at the time. But luckily it was outside and the light was really good so the pics turned out ok anyway. I thought it was great fun and after that I have just kept on shooting... This was I think about 6 years ago.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is a way for me to relax from my “real” job, to meet fun and crazy people I otherwise wouldn´t have met and to be allowed to be creative, which is a need I have.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I would say that it´s alternative and sensual or sexy. I like it best when the pictures are a bit provocative and just on the brink of being too much for the average public. Many would probably argue that they are way past that brink...
Where do you get inspiration from?
I get a lot of inspiration from other photographers in combination with a mix of my own freaky, dark mind.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Sometimes I have really thought out plans exactly what and how the pictures should be. Sometimes I just have a theme or a general idea and we take it from there.
There are 3 things I usually like to see in my photos. A pretty/good looking woman, an environment that is adding to photo and some sort of “action”...the model is doing something. Big or small doesn’t matter, just that something is happening.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Most likely my own sexuality...probably...
Studio, on location or both?
I do shot in studio sometimes but I prefer on location every day of the week. Perfect light settings can be impressive. But 99% of the pictures with their perfect light are just shit boring to look at.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I´m 100% a hobbyist. I get a lot of questions regarding prices for photography and I decline them all. I have a job and do not wish to make my hobby one too. I shoot what I like and when I like and I don´t charge anything for it.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
A part from my very first session as I mentioned before, it´s probably a shoot I had with Julia Yaroshenko a while ago. She simply is a model of a totally other level than what I usually shoot. We shot 3 sessions in about 3 hours. During that time I didn´t direct her once. She found a new great pose of her own every 5-10 seconds. When I was to choose pisc for after work I could pretty much just choose at random because I had so many great shots. If you ever get a chance to shoot with her do it!
Nikon or Canon? Favourite lens?
I shoot with Nikon and usually use a 50mm lens.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I don´t really know so much about starting a business... But when it comes to photography make sure to create an environment where you and the model can be relaxed and have fun! If you have fun creativity works best. When it comes to technique in photo and after work, hook up with people that know what they´re doing and steal their knowledge!
What do you think of our new magazine?
Amazing magazine! Great models and photographers!
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