inspiration

Fotograf i Trondheim in action

Å være fotograf i Trondheim i bryllup er en ære og fornøyelse!
Her er en liten behind-the-scenes video fra årets siste og vakre bryllupsfotografering i Trondheim!😁
Takk til sporty forlovere som stilte som videograf, pyrotekniker og assistent! Ikke bare bare når man skal leke med røykgranater 😁 Det viste seg å være utfordrende da det gnistret fra granaten…Det vi likevel var mest bekymret for var om røyken utløste varsling til brannvesenet!
Heldigvis gikk alt bra, slik at fotografen kunne kose seg med å gjøre jobben sin!
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Fotograf i Trondheim John Andre Aasen

personal workshop – summary and slideshow!

A few weeks ago I decided to spend 5 days of shooting. Something just for fun, other ideas were more planned. I made appointments with various models, and tried to fit in as much as possible in my schedule.
First, I visited an industrial site (where I previous week made sure to get permission, which is rare there) to shoot HDR backgrounds, knowing I would spend time in my studio and get material for compositions.
Of course, shooting for five days relieves you of time, as editing is a huge part of my process, at least for some of my work.
The first day, my objective was shooting the player (which is documented in previous post). Then, bodybuilder Kim Johnny Falk paid me a visit. Lucky for me, the visit was a friendly one, but the photos I wanted was not the ones you associate with friendship and nice-guy.
I am very pleased with “human wrecking ball”, my personal recent favorite. This was of course not easy for me to process, and learning by doing played a huge role in this project. But my initial vision was fulfilled.

Tuesday I met up with Jannicke Larsen Hustad at Training Room in Trondheim for fitness shooting. Here, I loved that colorful yellow wall I found. I immediately knew what I wanted from the light and could see the end product whilst pushing the shutter…
Also, there are some faces and light-learning-portraits, and I finished off with the female samurai on her search for revenge ;-).

The photos here are my first chosen ones, but there will be more when I find the time to process them.
There might also be a BTS from “human wrecking ball”….if desired.

soul of photography

Having seen the movie “ONCE” (again – I have seen it a couple of times before), I am again inspired to do more of the “simple” photography that is probably more true to heart than trying to be more advanced…this might be hard to explain, but to give an analogy: I am a huge fan of the “Dark Knight” trilogy…even so, the movie “Once” captivates me in a much more personal way, grabbing hold of my soul. No effort is made trying to create an artistic light, and there is plenty of noise. Hand held of course, and from an amateurs’ viewpoint, it may look like the only act of planning when it came to the filming was the cutting of the film. And it cost virtually nothing to make!
In contrast, The Dark Knight has everything: Spectacular effects, superb light, HQ filming and so on…and, it cost quite a few times more to make. But does The Dark Knight really have a soulful presence?
What is my point?
The point is this, translated to photography: Yes, I admire Joel Grimes, Tim Tadder, Calvin Hollywood, Jens Haugen and other modern artistic photographers, blending their photography skills with post-production masterclass level. Lately, however, I am more mesmerized by the simple portraits; spotlessly aimed at finding the perfect moment, the one expression captured at the right time and can never again be reproduced.

Some examples are listed in this article….(with references to artists like Nicolas Guerin, Robert Doisneau, Steve McCurry and Irving Penn – and there are plenty of others to be inspired by of course)


Defining SOUL:

1. the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.
2. the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect, or as believed to survive death and be subject to happiness or misery in a life to come: arguing the immortality of the soul.
3. the disembodied spirit of a deceased person: He feared the soul of the deceased would haunt him.
4. the emotional part of human nature; the seat of the feelings or sentiments.
5. a human being; person.

Erwin Olaf

One photographer who never stops amazing me is Erwin Olaf. His, at times, masterpieces evoke emotions on a higher level, and stand out as visual pleasure. His ability to create the necessary mood is exceptional, adding sentiment and story to the photos. In addition to the more serious themes, I also appreciate the more humoristic images…

My favorite is “The Classroom”, a photograph I can study for a long time, and often present at workshops as an example of story, composition, light, post-production, and all the other elements I can think of.

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