My name is Geir. I started out a hobby photographer when I picked up my father’s old Nikormat SLR when I was about 15 years old. It quickly grew from an interest to passion, and I just knew that this would be a big part of who I am. Photography was something I found calming, interesting, it was an outlet for my expression, and most important: It brought me joy.
Today, most often when my camera comes out it is to do concert photography. I shoot for Norway Rock Magazine, as well as Blezt.no if they need a substitute. I’ve shot for a couple of other clients as well. There is just something about standing in the pit at a concert with a couple of other photographers where everyone is on the hunt for that epic split second where the musician’s pose, the light from the spots, and everything from smoke to the audience just aligns for that perfect shot. Interestingly: This sounds like an environment that would be extremely competitive, but to my experience the amount of mutual respect and helpfulness everyone in the pit shows each other is amazing.
When not on a concert shoot; one of the most relaxing things I know is to go for a landscape photography project. Just pack all my gear, get in my car and go for some destination. Waiting for nature to make every possible element hopefully align for the perfect shot is a lot like fishing. Patience is key. Because it can be so rare to see this happen, the sense of excitement whenever it does is really one of the reasons I love it. Everyone has seen a great sunset, but actually capturing one to a picture that still looks amazing is surprisingly challenging.
Portraiture is another love for me. I find it so interesting how a face can project such a wide range of expression with just minor adjustments. Look at the eyes, and consider what you see. Is there pain? Is there joy? Look at that glimmer. Is it sly confidence? Does the subject know something you don’t? Is it lust? Portraiture also tends to break up normality for people. They are put on the spot, and many find it uncomfortable. Normally, when people are uncomfortable, they want to get away. Their patience is tested, and many get grumpy. With portraiture it is somehow different, and I think that speaks mountains of what a great portrait means to us as individuals.