Fedja and his adventours
Fedja Salihbasic is an amazing travel & lifestyle photographer based in Denmark. He is originally from Bosnia & Herzegovina, but felt Danish since 1993. He has an exceptional eye for detail and there is a reason he has over 500.000 Instagram followers!
How does the normal Monday in the life of Fedja look like?
I’m not sure there is a ”normal” Monday – or any other day, really. Since I am running my own company and often travelling, there are constantly a 1000 things to do. When I am out on an assignment I have a tight schedule. Meaning getting up very early in the morning to get the advantages of shooting in the best lighting, that is often found in golden hours. I also stay up late at night to edit today’s work. I spend a lot of time in front of a computer replying to emails and browsing, browsing, browsing through photos.
You've travelled to some amazing places, what's your most memorable Nordic trip and why?
I love travelling in the Nordic countries. One of my recent trips was to Svalbard and it was a first time for me. I always get excited before my next adventure and Svalbard was no exception. For some reason I thought Svalbard was located in the northern part of Norway, so I was very surprised, when I was told to expect a 3 hour flight from Oslo to a remote island.
Svalbard was incredible. I was very lucky with the weather and the small city of Longyearbyen felt just like something I have seen in a movie. It truly felt like I was on an expedition. I also got to taste beer from the most northern brewery in the world. Beautiful white snow deserts, dog sleds and reindeers as far as the eye can see. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see any polar bears, so my hopes are very high for my next coming.
How did you learn how to take such great pictures?
Ever since I was a kid I loved taking pictures of my friends when we were playing outside or at my birthday party. I got my first camera when I was 6 years old. A great thing about Instagram is that it makes me go further and always wanting to become better when I am browsing through some of my colleagues feeds. It is one of my greatest sources of inspiration.
What makes Scandinavia so unique?
Scandinavia is different from any other countries or regions that I ever visited. I feel, that Scandinavia is very orderly and structured, which makes it easier to relax and feel safe. The people of Scandinavia care a lot about their spare time and make sure to make the best of it. Scandinavians are also nostalgic about old things an have the ability of putting classics into a new context, which is also reflected in the new design with clean lines.
What's the best thing about Denmark?
Home is where your heart is, and I feel home in Denmark even though I wasn’t born here. I also love that everything is fairly close to you, as Denmark is a small country. No matter where you live, the drive to the nearest beach is less than an hour. The beaches of especially the west coast of Denmark are amazing – I only wish there were less rainy days to enjoy them.
Where do we find you for the rest of 2016?
I am very soon off to the Czech Republic and actually going to Svalbard again now in July. I enjoyed it so much being there the last time and I look forward to seeing Svalbard in the summer, when all the mountains are green and lush. I am also planning a trip to Alaska and a couple of other places, which I unfortunately can’t reveal at this point.
You have over half a million Instagram followers! Do you have any tips on how to become as successful as yourself?
My best advice for anyone who wants to use Instagram for more than just sharing everyday life pictures is to be persistent. It is all about quality and never just quantity. Also, try and engage your followers for more interactions. And just be yourself.
What's your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
Besides photography I enjoy playing tennis. It is great exercise and fun at the same time. I played since I was 7 and I try to play as much as I can, every day if possible.