We always encourage adventure, thrill seeking and an appreciation of what nature has provided for us. Because of that we’d like to call attention to some people that do just that. We sat down with Norwegian nature photographer Svein Rune Hansen to ask him some questions about his passion.
When did your interest for nature photography begin?
My first memory of photography was when I was quite young, around 15 years old. It was the first time I went camping by myself. It was just me, my tent, the family dog and I took a lot of pictures of the surrounding nature. Since then I have been on many mountain trips and always brought my camera to record my travels.
What inspires you?
What inspires me about photography is to be able to show the beautiful nature we have in Norway. To capture the incredible light all year around and be able to always find new motifs. The light inspires me a lot, both the sun setting and rising. Not to speak of the morning light covering the mountains!
What challenges are you looking for while photographing?
Something I want to do during my trips is to find moments to shoot photos at night, villages as well as fjords and it takes quite a bit of planning. I also have bigger plans for the future as well.
How would you describe the ultimate day out in nature?
It’s fairly simple; I would get up early and bring my wife up on the mountain. We’d set up the portable stove to cook lunch with a spectacular view. The rest of the day would be spent taking a lot of photos and enjoy the stillness and freedom of being outdoors.
Do you have a favorite spot that you could recommend?
My favorite spot for taking photos is definitely Aurland and the area around there. You can shoot fantastic photos down by the fjord and up on the mountain. I’d also have to mention Oppsbyn in Nordfjord which is a magical place. It’s very beautiful with endless possibilities.
How long have you been taking photos?
Photography has been something I have been doing actively for the past five years. Since I moved to Oslo from Bergen I have had the opportunity to visit many cities I’ve been longing to see. I drive between Olso and Bergen often which gives me the opportunity to shoot all year around.
Lasty can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Well I’m 35 years old, married to my beautiful wife Ina. We’ve got a Jack Rusell Terrier dog named Oliver. We’ve also got a cat named Romeo. I work as a carpenter and live in Oslo. I often visit my family that lives in Bergen and Måløy. I’m completely crazy about trips around the mountains, especially in summer. I gladly go camping and don’t mind trying my luck at fishing either.