It’s what you put in the frame that matters.
Name: Martin Petersen
Hometown: Odense, Denmark
Style of photography: Nature and landscape.
Type of camera(s): Canon EOS 500D
What gives you inspiration?
It’s a mix between my surroundings and a spur-of-the-moment thing. I live near an old industrial harbour with lots of old worn down buildings. When I started taking pictures, I usually pressed play on my iPod, and went out at night to take these really dark and goth like pictures. As I have grown older, I’ve become less urban, so these days I prefer to leave town and instead go out to the sea, or the countryside, to enjoy the sound and sights of waves, birds and fields. I rarely plan my pictures, it’s more something along the lines of the sudden appearance of motive that forces me to grab my camera. For that same reason, I usually carry my camera all of the time.
What are your influences?
I spend hours on the internet looking at photos, I go to exhibitions and every now and then I’d buy a photo book if I want to further examine certain people’s photos. Bits and pieces from the works of different photographers I’ve come across sticks with me. However, my work is usually pretty far from what my favourite photographers do, so it wouldn’t make much sense to start name-dropping.
Why did you choose these photos?
I think that all four of them in some way or another are very typical for what I do. It is the idea of that no matter how long you wait, not much, if anything at all, is going happen.
What does photography mean to you?
I really love to go out with my camera in an attempt to capture the world in small frames. The viewer only sees what’s inside the frame. It doesn’t matter if an old car is parked a little too to the right of the frame, or if a man is shouting at his dog to the left of the frame. It’s what you put in the frame that matters. Photography is a big part of me, and it is a part of me that I want to evolve and improve. I’m even considering reading the manual for my camera.
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