Niklas Johansson from Kiruna is already teaming to go. He has worked in the field of digital photography ever since Photoshop 1.0 was launched over 20 years ago. It would be hard to find someone better versed on every aspect of the digital workflow. When asked what fascinates him most, he replies: “The three-dimensional aspect of underwater photography and the way light can completely change the character of an image.” He spends a great deal of time off the coast of Norway in Narvik and Lofoten, a world teaming with hidden underwater wildlife and forgotten shipwrecks. His advice for above-water photography is: “try to see your subject from every direction, move around, change your perspective, alter the mood with light.” Niklas is also a talented musician, so don’t be surprised if you find him packing his flute and guitar as back-up entertainment if the weather is less than cooperative. Through his music and friends, Niklas has had the privilege of learning to appreciate Sami culture and musical traditions, something he gladly shares with his guests.
Won the BBC Photographer of the Year award twice
Peter Lilja from Skellefteå is another photographer with an equally impressive portfolio. He was born and raised in the dense forest and lake regions of northern Sweden, close to the breathtaking Scandinavian wilderness and wildlife. His keen eye has earned him international attention, to say the very least. He won the BBC Photographer of the Year award twice and works worldwide in almost every imaginable environment. In addition to numerous publications, Peter’s photographs are marketed and sold by among others Getty Images (UK), AGE Fotostock (ESP), IBL (SWE) and Animals/animals (USA). So what does Peter consider to be one of the most important features of a successful photographer? “Patience. Grant yourself the luxury of time and wait. Wait for that moment that feels near perfect. Wait for the unexpected. See the nuances in expressions and capture the unique as closely as possible. The photographer’s personal relationship with the subjects becomes his/her trademark.” Once you begin down the photographer’s path, you will begin to appreciate the time behind whiskers on lynx, the sharp eyes of curious young owls and dewdrops on forest orchids. Every photographer has his favourite subject and process, but continues to learn and long for that one image still waiting. Peter Lilja will guide you with his own experiences and personal tips on what has brought him thus far.