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Creating an Open Story with Linda Kristiansen

I love the timelessness of nature. I think it can bring power and magic to any image.

Images by: Linda Kristiansen - Interview by Teo J. Babini

To grow as an artist one must do the things that frighten them most and make them most uncomfortable… Linda Kristiansen fully understands this notion. (Although her cats probably disagree)

©Linda Kristiansen

©Linda Kristiansen

You play a lot with black and white and saturation. What does this lend to the images in your mind?
One of the very first things I do to my images is usually desaturate. Not a lot, but just so everything is toned down. I like to be able to add back in and change the colors later. All depending on what mood I am going for ,but I like my images to have one overall color tone all through. This way I can also enhance what I want to stand out. Like if there’s a red dress, I might make that a much richer color. I have done a few black and white images lately, and feel that sometimes the message comes across much stronger when all color is removed and focus is all on what’s actually going on in the shot. However, this all depends on the image of course. I work very intuitively with my images, so even if I may have a vision of the end piece, it all falls into place during the editing process.

©Linda Kristiansen

©Linda Kristiansen

You seem to enjoy shooting women and nature. What inspires you to have this focus?
When I first started doing more creative images, I used myself as a model all the time. It kinda grew from there; I love to play with flowing fabrics, long dresses and movement. The feeling of a journey where beauty/light and hope can rise from any dark surrounding.
That said, I will always try to evolve as an artist and I do see different images in my mind including more masculine energy as well. I am sure they will come to life later at some point. For me, creating images has to be an open and flowing process, I don’t want to limit myself based on previous work or expectations of what my images should look like. I want to create what comes to me naturally, still hoping to be able to incorporate some sort of consistency in every piece.

I love the timelessness of nature. I think it can bring power and magic to any image. I’m not really an outdoorsy person at all, but since I started shooting outside I’m enjoying nature more and more. This year I’ve been on a few hiking trips in some national parks here in Norway. It was such an amazing and powerful experience for me getting to the top of one of those mountains. It really gets my imagination going and I get a lot if inspiration from that.

©Linda Kristiansen

©Linda Kristiansen

Are you a professional photographer, or more of an artist? If both what is the difference between the two worlds?
I have a different day-job, but the last few years I have been doing a lot of portrait photography for clients on my free time. I still love that. However, I have to say my passion is definitely on the more artistic side of it, where I can make images from my own vision and have full creative freedom. I have recently had an inquiry to create personal art like this for a client. That is definitely something new I would consider doing. I’m excited about the possibility of merging the two sides to my photography.

©Linda Kristiansen

©Linda Kristiansen

I see more and more serious photographers working with self-portraiture. How do yours fit into your larger body of work?
Self-portraiture is a very scary thing for me to do. I guess that’s actually a big part of why I do it. I think it is a great way to evolve as a photographer, and to better understand what I put my models through. Also, I’m the most available person in my life, so it’s just very convenient. Most times you can’t see my face, and that’s simply because it’s not about that at all, it’s about a feeling or a mood I want to portray. I want to try and get that across without personalizing it. I love the fact that I can be anything or anyone in these images. I can put myself into the world I create and play any role I want. Through self-portraiture, I can make images that mean something to me personally, or it can be a story I want to tell that has nothing to do with me. I just play the part. Either way, it’s both a personal and an artistic growing process.

©Linda Kristiansen

©Linda Kristiansen

Many of your photos have a more fantastical element to them. Do you enjoy this type of work? Why?
I love magic, mystery and wonder. I think we should let way more of it into our everyday lives. I definitely try to paint my personal view of the world with a little magic and wonder every day, and that’s a choice I believe we have. I want my images to give some of that wonder and mystery to the viewer, to spark some imagination and magic. I also love the idea of creating an open story. I do have my own story behind every image, but I also want it to be open to interpretation. If someone else can relate or see some meaning of their own, maybe feel inspired in some way, that is amazing to me and makes me so happy.

©Linda Kristiansen

©Linda Kristiansen

Many of your models have tattoos. Is this circumstantial or do you like them as an aesthetic?
I probably should have a well thought-out answer to this, but I don’t. I have tattoos myself and my models do as well. I like what they can bring to an image, but sometimes I also remove them. It all depends on the image and what I want the end-result to be.

©Linda Kristiansen

©Linda Kristiansen

Tell me about the cats?
Ha ha, yes I guess you noticed a few cat pictures on my Instagram. I have two wonderful rescue-cats sharing their life with me. They were found outside, only four-weeks-old, without their mom. Now they are seven years old, living the good life (mostly on my couch) and keeping us entertained every day. I have actually had some ideas wanting to get them in some of my images, we’ll see what happens with that. 

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Website: www.lindakristiansen.no

©Linda Kristiansen

©Linda Kristiansen

©Linda Kristiansen

©Linda Kristiansen

©Linda Kristiansen

©Linda Kristiansen

 

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