Swedish photographer Fredrik Berglund
Fredrik Berglund is a stills and motion enthusiast from Stockholm, Sweden, who sure knows how to capture the very best of pretty much everywhere he goes. His landscape and aerial shots are simply captivating. Fredrik currently living in a suburb called Huddinge, about 20 min south of Stockholm city centre, where he feel he’s getting the best of two worlds by being close to the beautiful Swedish nature, and also next to the city vibes of Stockholm.
What is your daily routine?
I’m quite a routine person, if I wasn´t I wouldn’t get anything done. After 30 minutes of snoozing I get up, get dressed and have breakfast. During the weekdays my breakfast just contains of quark and granola. Then I head to work, I don’t have to take any train or bus, I can just walk for 5 minutes. My main work is as a career counselor in a school for adults. The best thing with my profession is to meet and help all the people. Directly after work I head to the gym. It keeps my brain relaxed and creative after a long day at the office. As soon as I get home my photography-brain is turned on and the creative work starts. Almost all my spare time in the evening is about editing photos/film, plan or learn new tips and tricks.
Tell us about your road to photography.
Since I got my first Canon at the age of ten from my grandma I’ve been interested in photography. I’ve always documented our family trips but I haven’t been this passionate until a couple years ago when one of my friends showed his camera and what you actually could do with it. It got me pretty much hooked for real this time. Then I started to watch more videos online and read books about how to work with light, composition, lines and editing in post. I guess you could say I’m self-taught.
What equipment do you use?
I’ve always used Canons like the 450D, 600D, but when I got more serious a couple years ago I decided to go with the Sony A7. But I missed the DSLR feeling so I bought the Canon 5DMKIV and have been using it for a little more than a year now. But, I really think it lacks on some features that I really feel needed, so I recently bought the Sony A7III instead with a line of Sigma ART lenses. I got the 24 mm, 35 mm and 50 mm lens. My next favourite toy is my lovely drone. It’s the DJI Mavic Pro. I love the perspective you get with a drone. It’s just a new way of photography and its very unique I would say.
What is the most scenic Swedish location?
There’re so many of them. To be honest there’s so much more to explore. I’d love to explore the northern parts of my country and hopefully see some northern lights one day. That’s on my bucket list this winter!
What is your photographic inspiration?
Well, mostly I look for inspiration on the web or on other photographers accounts on Instagram. Sometimes ideas just pop up in my head. I think most of them come while I’m on the treadmill at the gym.
Who is your hero?
I would say my grandma. She inspires me to be strong, go my way and believe in myself. She’s played a huge roll in my childhood and she’s always there for support. She literally lives in the same building as I do.
What/who is your favourite Swedish:
Stockholm for sure!
Probably Visby, Gotland. That’s a unique, medieval and cool town on an island.
My favourite spot is probably at my friend’s cabin in Charlottenberg, Värmland. You’re basically all by yourself, no cell phone service and completely surrounded by nature. If your out for harmony, this is the place to go to.
Probably Un Poco. It’s an Italian restaurant on Karlavägen, Stockholm. Their mezzaluna ravioli is on another level.
I don’t know why but I really like the Swedish word - ”Stilleben”. For those who don’t know it’s actually an art form used to specialize still life, like flowers or fruits.
Nothing beats my mother-in-law’s spaghetti Bolognese.
Definitely a cold beer on a hot summers day.
Probably the hockey player Henrik Lundquist. I played hockey myself for 15 years and I’ve looked up to this dude my whole life. He got so much class both on and off the ice.
There’re so many, but if I’m allowed to pick two it would be Kenny Löfström in landscape and Fabian Wester in portraits. I could look at Kenny’s photos for days. The places he has visited, the colors he uses and the work in post is just insane. His exports are always top notch and so sharp. Kenny inspires me a lot when it comes to taking photos of places and landscapes.
Fabian on the other hand is a mastermind when it comes to portrait-photography. He was probably one of the first photographer’s accounts I started to follow on Instagram. I love the way he works with composition, colours and lines.
My girlfriend! She’s the best and inspires me every day. Always full support!
Swedish house mafia, no doubt! I love house music and I’ve followed these guys for so long. They are magicians at what they do, especially when it comes to producing house music.
The girl with the dragon tattoo (because I’m in it, haha). Otherwise I just love Sällskapsresan. I’ve probably seen the Snowroller movie at least a hundred times. No jokes here