sigur rós has just released a digital version of their film heima with new extras. what a wonderful film it is, so inspiring.
i am so happy to present this interview to you, one with astrid hagen mykletun, whose wonderful blog i read religiously. she's incredibly talented and i couldn't be more elated that she's stopped by hunt / gather to answer a few questions:
hunt / gather: first, could you tell about yourself? where do you live? what do you do?
astrid hagen mykletun: I’m Astrid, a 31 years old writer living in Bergen, on the west coast of Norway, with my husband Sølve and our first baby on the way. I work part time as a copywriter for an ad agency and part time freelance as a copywriter and journalist. I’m also an eager amateur photographer.
hg: can you give a random fact about yourself?
ahm: I’m tall (181 cm/ 5.9 feet).
hg: where did your interest in photography first come from?
ahm: My dad has always been an eager photographer, so I guess I somehow was affected by him. I got my first point and shoot camera when I was ca 10 years old, and ever since I have taken photos of happy moments, friends and family.
hg: is your approach to food photography for example different than your approach to say, photographing people?
ahm: I think food for the most part is easier to photograph than people. Food is dead, people are alive. When I photograph people my approach differs depending on what the photo will be used for. When I photograph people for my articles it has to be nice portraits, though usually nothing fancy. A lot of people don’t like having their photo taken, which makes it harder to get a good portrait. A bit of small talk as a distraction from the big camera usually does the trick. When I photograph people just for fun my approach is easy going.
hg: where are you getting inspiration from as of late?
ahm: I’m always inspired by light, nature and simple everyday moments.
hg: what are three constants of a norwegian summer?
ahm: Rain, strawberries and barbecuing.
hg: if you could be a song, which song would you be? why?
ahm: Oh, this is a hard one! I think I would like to be some kind of classical piece that is beautiful, evocative and a bit dramatic; a piece that you can listen to again and again, and yet never tire of.