Photographer Felix Sjödahl shares the inspiration behind his images and discusses his plans for the future.
What inspired you to start taking photographs?
The story about how I first got into photography is pretty random. I was between two jobs for about two weeks in late summer 2016. The weather was crap and none of my friends were free. Added to this, I had just stopped playing in a punk-rock band so I was feeling a great lack of creative expression. Anyhow, I ended up watching some outdoor videos on YouTube. The next day Andrew Kearns vlogs came up in the recommended section on YouTube. I had never watched a vlog before so I decided to give it a go, even though I had no idea who he was. Right away I felt that this was definitely something for me and a few days later I ordered my first camera.
What type of photography are you most passionate about?
I guess I'm happy as long as I'm discovering new places and meeting new people. So definitely portraiture and landscape photography are my favourite and the styles I feel most passionate about.
How does being based in Sweden impact your style of photography?
That's a tricky question. I haven't really been photographing much in Sweden other than commercial stuff since I've mostly been out travelling. Once I was back in Sweden I've had to work to save up money for the next trip. Although now that I'm starting to make some money out of my photography, I feel like I have the time to go out and explore more of Sweden.
What story are you trying to capture behind your images?
At the moment, I’m using photography as a tool to get out there and meet new people and discover new places. I guess I'm just documenting my own journey to become the person I never thought I'd be.
What reaction do you aim to inspire in people when they view your images?
I'm happy as long as I've inspired a few people to get out there and pursue their dream. I don’t think you can really ask for more than that!
What camera equipment and gear do you use?
I'm currently shooting with a Canon 5D mk III and a variety of zoom lenses: Canon 16-35/2.8L ii, Canon 24-70/2.8L ii, Canon 70-200/2.8L IS.
What location has been your favourite so far?
I think I would have to say Iceland. It was the first trip I went to with a camera in my hands so I feel like that's when my ‘new life' began. Also, it's the country I decided to propose to my fiancee in. So Iceland definitely holds a special place in my heart, making it by far my favourite place I have been to date.
Where would you love to visit or photograph in the future?
I want to see every corner of this beautiful planet we call home, so I would have to say everywhere. If I had to choose one place to visit right now, I would have to say I really want to explore North America.
Whose work has influenced you the most?
That's an easy one, Andrew Kearns.