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Featured photographer: Morten Saxild

I have been toying with the idea of featuring work from other photographers on this site for a while. Most of all because I like to find inspiration in the work that others produce, but also because I think it is so easy to just "Like" a picture on the social medias. It is easy to leave a like, but it really doesn't leave much value to the photographer. He/she doesn't gain much appreciation from "Likes".

What I would like to do here is to spread the word, if I find someone who I find talented and also explain (or try to) why at what it is I find special about a certain photographers images.

For the first feature, I have contacted another Danish photographer, Morten Saxild, who I have been following for quite some time, and asked him if I could show a few of his pictures on this blog, which he kindly agreed to.

"Botanisk" by Morten Saxild

The first thing you'll notice is that Saxild seems to have a way to find the interesting in the ordinary. His work utilizes simple, almost minimalistic compositions of everyday objects or scenes, but taken from an unusual angle or in an unusual light, so that lines or patterns become the actual subject.

The pictures that made me discover Saxild is his black and white work. Black and white works really well with the style he has developed, as it lets you focus on the geometry of the lines in the pictures without any distractions from the color of the elements in the picture.

The pictures a mostly taken at a crooked (Dutch) angle. You have most likely been told at some point that you should avoid crooked angles and keep your horizons straight. Saxild seems to disregard this rule, but does so in a way that really works. To do this so consistently and in a way that just works seem to come from the old saying that once you know the compositional rules you also know how to break them.

The composition shows the same. Mostly you will see no signs of golden ratios or rules of thirds, but still the composition works because the elements seems to well balanced within the pictures. Many of the pictures are cropped square, which work really well with this style of pictures.

"Venstresving" by Morten Saxild

The preferred camera seems to be a Mamiya 645, an analog medium format camera. I don't know very much about this camera or medium cameras in general, so it is hard for me to tell how much this camera affects the distinct style that appears in his pictures. That said, I doubt that I would have been able to tell that these pictures were not taken with a SLR/DSLR, if I not for the description on his blog.

"Fodgænger" by Morten Saxild

As I wrote at the beginning of this post, I have been following Morten Saxild for a while and I really admire his work. His style is more loose and organic than mine and the way he bends the compositional rules and sees the interesting in ordinary things is truly inspirational, and fills me with a wish to go out and try to do something like what he is doing. I think it is going to be hard, mostly because it will require med to let go of the amount of control I try to have when I go out in the streets with my camera. Not that I want to copy his style, but to try and use some of the elements I like in his work in my own work.

I think that you should always strive to be better at what you do, and that might be a limitation for me, as it sometimes lead to a situation where I think to much about the rules instead of just seeing what could be there, right in front of me.

The images shown in this post are courtesy of Morten Saxild, who owns all rights to the images. They have been shown here with his permission.

You can see many more of Mortens Saxilds beautiful pictures at his photo blog SORT/HVID or visit his Photostream at Flickr.

I hope you'll enjoy his great pictures as much as I do.

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