NAME
HALFDAN VENLOV

SHOT AT
MY APARTMENT IN NORREBRO, COPENHAGEN, AND MY GIRLFRIEND ANNA’S PLACE, WHICH IS REALLY CLOSE.

WHAT YOU DO
I’M STUDYING PHOTOGRAPHY HERE IN COPENHAGEN. APART FROM THAT I WORK IN A BAR. 

WHAT INSPIRES YOU THE MOST WITH PHOTOGRAPHY?
THE FREEDOM TO DO EXACTLY WHAT I WANT, AND TELL STORIES THE WAY I WANT THEM TO BE TOLD. IT SOUNDS LIKE A CLICHÉ BUT THE CAMERA REALLY IS A KEY TO GET INTO PEOPLE’S LIVES AND SORT OF TELL YOUR OWN STORY THROUGH THEIR IMAGE. IT ALLOWS YOU TO PUT YOURSELF IN PLACES AND SITUATIONS YOU WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN IN, IF IT WASN’T FOR THE CAMERA. IT’S A FANTASTIC WAY TO MEET PEOPLE YOU WOULD NEVER HAVE MET OTHERWISE. TO ME, PHOTOGRAPHY IS A SUBTLE AND PRECISE WAY OF EXPRESSING HOW I SEE THE WORLD.

HOW WOULD DESCRIBE YOUR APPROACH?
I LIKE WORKING WITH THE PORTRAIT, AND ESPECIALLY IN SERIES MIXED WITH NON-PORTRAIT IMAGES, SO THAT YOU CAN DICTATE THE TEMPERAMENT AND MOOD. 

WHICH PHOTO STANDS OUT THE MOST IN YOUR WORK?
I DID A SERIES ABOUT A GROUP OF BOYS IN A SMALL COUNTRYSIDE TOWN IN DENMARK. IT FEATURES A FULL-BODY PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN IN A FIELD, WEARING A WIFEBEATER. HE HAS A GREAT FACE, ALMOST A TIMELESS FIGURE, AND I THINK IT DESCRIBES WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH PHOTOGRAPHY PRETTY WELL. IT’S SUBTLE YET VERY POWERFUL.

WHAT ARTIST DO YOU KEEP GOING BACK TO FOR INSPIRATION?
THERE ARE MANY! AT THE MOMENT I’M REALLY INSPIRED BY THE SWEDISH PHOTOGRAPHER LARS TUNBJÖRK. HE MADE A GREAT BOOK CALLED ”VINTER” THAT CAPTURES THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE WINTER MONTHS IN SCANDINAVIA. IF I NEED TO REAWAKE MY APPETITE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, WILLIAM EGGLESTON IS ALWAYS A SAFE BET! 

IF YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE: ANALOG OR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY?
I DON’T ACTUALLY OWN A DIGITAL CAMERA, SO IT’S A PRETTY EASY CHOICE: ONLY ANALOG.

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