Icelandic photographer Katrin Olafs
Katrin is a fashion and fine art photographer from Iceland who takes some fantastic artful, modern and clean images. She is currently based and working in London where she also did her degree in photography. She took some time to chat with Nordique and below also gives some great tips on what to see and do whilst visiting Iceland.
Have you always had an ambition to be a photographer?
My interest in photography sparked in circa 2006 when I got my first Canon EOS camera. After that I hardly put down the camera and decided to move abroad to study photography.
Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught? Do you think schooling is important?
I did a BA (hons) in photography at London College of Communication here in London. I would say that schooling is important, it widens your horizon immensely on the medium and you learn so many new things about techniques, artists, the history of photography and of course you meet a lot of people who are interested in the same thing as you are!
What camera do you use?
I mainly use a Canon 5D mark III, Canon AE-1 and my little pocket camera, Olympus mju ii.
What’s your proudest moment as a photographer?
I think one of my proudest moments are both quite recent, one when I graduated as a photographer last summer and the other when I attended my first international exhibition in Milan last November.
Do you have any exciting upcoming projects?
I am flying home to Iceland soon and plan on photographing various women there, so I will be continuing with my ongoing series about the female form in the landscape.
Do you have any photography career goals you would like to achieve?
I would love to participate in more international exhibitions, it’s so much fun and you meet the most amazing people as well. I would like to photograph collections from Icelandic designers as well and collaborate more with Icelandic creatives.
Who are some of your favorite photographers past or present?
My current favorite photographers are Viviane Sassen and David Sims. Viviane Sassen focuses a lot on women and on geometric shapes and abstracting the body, so I relate to her and seek my inspiration to her work a lot. David Sims is amazing at creating a narrative within his images, and lately his work has become more and more uncanny and curious.
Is there anyone you would love to work with?
I would love to work with Viviane Sassen. After hearing her talk at a lecture about one of her exhibitions at the ICA I got so fascinated by her and her way of working, and I think I would learn a lot from her. The way she uses light, contrast and shapes is something I find extremely fascinating.
You're now based in London. Do you have any plans on moving back to Iceland?
At the moment I don’t have any plans to move back to Iceland. I have lived in London for 5 years now so I have settled down here pretty well, but you never know what the future holds!
What’s the best thing with being Icelandic?
I have realized after living abroad for so long that it is an amazing privilege to come from a country with such amazing and strong landscape. Iceland is an amazing place to take photographs and to travel in, so I think that must be one of the best things about being Icelandic!
Do you have any unique tips on what to see and do whilst visiting Iceland?
Go swimming in one of the many swimming pools around the capital, Reykjavik. You should also go and have some amazing lobster soup at the little seafood hut by the harbor called Sægreifinn, it´s delicious. And of course make sure you go sightseeing around the country, check out the geothermal areas such as Krýsuvík and Geyser.
To see more of Katrin visit her websitewww.katrinolafs.com or follow her on Instagram @katolafs