Travel got here to a screeching halt final spring. Around the world, globetrotters have been grounded in favor of public well being. Photography grew to become a transport portal for a lot of over the past 15 months. Images from far-off locales grew to become a chance to pine and aspire. Stunning pictures hopefully will quickly gas inspiration for future experiences.

Mattias Fredriksson is one photographer whose arresting artwork grew to become an indicator of my work-from-home social media respite. The Swedish-born journey photographer is prolific. His snowboarding, biking, and journey journey images are ubiquitous with greater than 450 cowl photographs revealed worldwide. Fredriksson is a storyteller. We just lately caught up with him to listen to a backstory about one in all his favourite pictures from his storied profession. While sharing the story of this one lasting and memorable picture, Fredriksson additionally unearthed a number of invaluable nuggets and ideas for aspiring photographers and visible storytellers to create their very own.

Fredriksson chosen one picture (pictured above) instantly when requested to choose a single body from his profession with as vibrant of a backstory to match. Snapped years in the past, the {photograph} was captured in late April within the Swedish Lapland close to Kebnekaise, Sweden’s tallest mountain.

“This ski photo says a lot about my style of photography,” says Fredriksson. “There’s a big landscape and nice Scandinavian light. It is a combination of the location, the light and the fact that the athlete is skiing a full run. Also, it’s not super extreme. It’s a beautiful setting that a lot of people can enjoy. The unique perspective adds a bit to it, too. The depth in this shot is pretty significant. It’s a moment.”

Spring in Sweden’s Lapland is particular. Every yr, right now, mushy Scandinavian gentle pops from the sky. It illuminates the Abisko Alps a whole bunch of miles north of the Arctic Circle. As if a change have been flicked, the sky goes pink at 9 o’clock on clear evenings.

Fredriksson had his digital camera pointed at Hanna Ovin—the skier within the body—on this specific night when she sliced a 2,600-vertical-foot, top-to-bottom line in entrance of Fredriksson’s lens. The second caught with the photographer for a lot of causes.

“I chose to go with this shot because it’s from the Swedish Lapland—very close to the location where I kicked off my career—and the typical pink light from up there is dreamy,” says Fredriksson. “It’s not skied too often. It’s definitely the province in Sweden that is the most spectacular and impressive. The mountains, landscape and remoteness; it’s pretty wild. There’s so much to explore. It’s special for me to share these stories with the rest of the world.”

Topping out at 6,909 toes, Kebnekaise is Sweden’s largest mountain. It’s surrounded for so far as the attention can see with worthy mountains for mountaineers and skiers. Mattias Fredriksson

Steeped in darkness in the course of the doldrums of winter, the Swedish Lapland lights up with spring’s thaw. Long days of daylight make for marathon days of exploring, ski touring and images.

“Getting to work with this amazing light is great, but Midnight Sun is also exhausting,” says Fredriksson. “The Midnight Sun can almost ruin a trip. You learn to manage because you could be out there all the time with so much light. You have to be smart, but at the same time it’s incredible to have that special light. A lot of photographers live for that soft, epic light and those colors you get up north.”

In addition to world-renowned gentle and huge terrain, Sweden provides an infrastructure of Mountain Stations, reasonably priced huts perched precariously in dream locations, that make touring and exploring the Arctic pretty doable. The Mountain Station is a staple in Swedish alpine tradition. During the summer season, trekkers frequent the modest digs throughout a multi-day hike by pristine nature. In the winter, nevertheless, the huts are much less busy.

Lapland, Sweden.
Kebnekaise Fjällstation in Swedish Lapland. Mattias Fredriksson

“The Mountain Stations are a simple hotel in the middle of the mountains,” says Fredriksson. “It’s a cozy place with good food. It’s not very expensive. It’s for anyone. It’s very democratic. It’s remote. It’s for everybody. It’s very Swedish. Waking up every day with that view of the whole Kebnekaise Range is special.”

The mountains are large, and the snowboarding is nice up there. The wilderness is huge, and it sits comparatively empty in the course of the winter. The better part about Sweden’s community of Mountain Stations, although: the waffles.

“It’s classic Swedish food, they care about the traditions like the waffles. Who doesn’t love a våffla?”

waffles In Swedish Lapland
The våffla is a staple within the Swedish Lapland. The problem is discovering a correct Swedish waffle iron after visiting the province as a result of backcountry journeys—home or worldwide—are greatest bookended by waffles, particularly with recent whipped cream and cloudberry jam. Mattias Fredriksson / Shutterstock


How does Fredriksson take a look at the craft of images? Check out these tips on journey, storytelling and images that may assist any journey photographer.



1. Celebrate Different People and Places

“It’s one thing to go after banger ski shots but I’ve been doing this for more than 25 years now. What gets me going is the stories, the people, the ski cultures where you go. When you travel, photography is a way to see the world through skiing or biking. The people and places are what make photography special. How people are attached to these different mountain cultures in different places. It’s the people that make skiing different because we’re all just people sliding on snow in the end. Right? The different approaches in different places are what I celebrate.”


2. Character-driven Photos are Compelling

“The mountains can definitely be a character. You should be able to take the athletes and the action out of the shot and still have a beautiful photo. That’s what I go for. Obviously, shooting skiing, you sometimes have to capture tight action and sometimes it’s the expression of the skier that’s most important. But, for the most part, the shots that I tend to like myself or feel like is my best work, is where the nature is the main character. It’s important that the skier, snowboarder or biker is performing at a high level. I love when you have small, but high, action. I wouldn’t just have any style of action in a beautiful shot. It’s important that you combine the two.”

Mountainview near Kebnekaise in Swedish Lapland, Sweden.
“The mountains can definitely be a character,” says Fredriksson. Mattias Fredriksson


3. Share Stories

“I was a journalist first and then became a photographer. I still write a lot. I would call myself a photojournalist more than a photographer. Storytelling with a set of photos has always been a very important thing for me. It’s not just one standalone shot. If I were to send you a set of 30 shots from this trip you could probably follow the whole trip and feel like you’re almost there. That’s my goal. And that’s why I really enjoy shooting feature stories.”


4. Shoot with a Purpose

“I don’t go out and shoot randomly anymore. I want to have a purpose with my photography. I want to use my time in a purposeful way.”


5. Equipment for this Shot

“That image from the Swedish Lapland was shot with my 24-70 mm lens. It can shoot pretty wide. I was able to move with the skier which helps you get more lens flaring. I even flipped it and shot vertical and horizontal on this one. I have so many shots from this one run.”

6. Horizontal or Vertical Orientation?

“It’s dependent on the situation. I tend to shoot more horizontal. But some of my clients actually prefer vertical images. So, I try to balance it out. I feel like horizontal shots give a better sense for the landscape, but vertical images make things look steeper.”


7. Does Medium Dictate Approach?

“Some clients prefer vertical for social because you can use vertical shots on that medium. If you go horizontal, they need to be cropped. It’s really hard to make a vertical shot horizontal and it’s a lot easier the other way around. I would say I still shoot horizontal. Spread images pay better, too. And those aren’t vertical.”


8. Editing and Organizing Images

“I have a pretty strict way of going through everything. My catalogs are quite organized. That’s a really important part of the work. You usually do this once. You don’t usually go back to the raw folders a second time. It’s important to put a lot of effort into that process after shooting the images.”


9. Making New with Old

“Sometimes I make new edits of old images that I think have potential. Maybe they’re photos that haven’t been used much or published at all. I’m not shy of using old images. It’s all about a feeling, not a fresh product. I don’t see why a photo taken a couple of years ago wouldn’t be interesting now. I never understood when people say, ‘That’s an old image.’ Who cares? The way I shoot is a fairly timeless style. I’m actually reusing a lot of images, especially these days when you’re not traveling much. It’s still about inspiring people to go ski and bike and experience different things.”

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