I am Espen - a Norwegian photographer travelling the world as a digital nomad. I enjoy taking all kinds of images with my camera, but my biggest passion is outdoor photography with an emphasis on the natural world.
Exploring the natural world through my lens gives me the opportunity to share what's out there. For me, the wild aspect is critical - that what I take photos of is in its natural environment, and the wilder the better.
I'd rather take a striking image of a common blackbird in spectacular light, than a photo of an exotic tiger in a cage.
I believe we have a responsibility to conserve as much as we can of the natural world for future generations.
It's important that we fight to preserve habitats for the earths species to live in.
It matters little that we keep species in zoos or gene banks when we are destroying the intricate habitats that they rely upon.
We have a duty to tread lightly.
Through my photography I'd like to showcase this entire world of natural wonder that is all around us - if we stop to look. To me, this is worth saving.
"The mountains are calling and I must go"
- John Muir
Landscape images often require the most work to shot. It's almost essential that they are taken when the light is at its best which requires early starts to get in position before dawn, and late evenings to shot at dusk. For many images it also requires a long hike to places that are a bit off the beaten track.
This image was taken from the Seafield Beach, west of Kirkcaldy in February 2017. I was up early to photograph the sunrise, but instead noticed these rock formations leading towards a slow moving tanker in the distance. The harsh weather and waves this morning was great for a long shutter speed exposure.
Earlyish on a Sunday Morning the water was still, a fog was lying in the background creating a serene stillness over the landscape. To really set the scene, three stand up paddleboarders came passing by along the Firth, and encapsulated the calmness of that December morning.
Living in Aberdour it's impossible not to end up with a lot of photos of the iconic wooden pier by Room with a View at Hawkcraig. The challenge becomes to photograph it in a different way each time.
Click below to check out my landscape images.
One of my favourite wildlife subjects to capture on camera are birds. The challenge that come with photographing an animal that moves as fast as some birds do, with often a seemingly erratic flight style, makes it so much more rewarding to get a great image.
I try to experiment with different styles for all my photography. With birds, this range from close up shots often showing behaviour, to a bit more artistic style as can be seen in the images below.
To check out some more of my bird photos check out the link below
Taking photos of mammals raises a whole new set of challenges. Their keen sense of smell as well as the fact that they mostly only come out at night, makes it difficult to get close to them in good light conditions necessary to get a great photo. However, the experience of getting close to mammals in the wild makes all the effort worth while.
Sometimes you do need a bit of luck for the elements to align into a perfect composition, such as the impala photo below where the alpha male jumps first towards me with the rest of the herd following, all aligned in front of a branched tree to tie the image together. Of course, the more time you spend in the field taking photos, the luckier you get.
To check out my page of mammal photos follow the link below.