Behind the scenes of a Utemagasinet-cover shoot with photographer Roger Borgelid

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He looks at me like I’m an object. And it’s ok. I know why. It’s a certain look all my photographer friends get in their eyes sometimes. I know he’s not really looking at me, but how the light touches my face or how the background blends with the colour of my Bergans jacket. I know he already has 400 photos in his head before they are in the camera. Actually, he had two written pages with ideas for photos. Out of his 400 photos he will throw away 390. Out of the 40 photos left he might send 8 to the magazine.

The outdoor magazine Utemagasinet know’s Roger Borgelid takes amazing photos, so they trust him to do almost anything outdoorsy he wants for them. As I’m releasing my book in a week or so they wanted a interview and a cover photo, preferrably a new style, with the sea, and the rocks, and in a new way… Only Roger can pull that one off.

Roger Borgelid is one of my favourite photographers. He sees things not a lot of people see, and I learn a lot from being in front of and beside the camera. He has been a photographer for some 20 years, and now he’s finally arrives to a conclusion ”it’s all about light”, he says. Maybe with a hint of madness in his eyes. Madness is good sometimes.

At first look he looks like a stone-photographer. He walks around, looks at different rocks, lights, pools of seawater. But just looking doesn’t do it. He takes photos of it. Imagines a person on the rocks, in the water. That person is me.

Suddenly he yells ”aaarrggghhh”
And I ask ”what do you see now?”
With frustration he says ”it’s so damn beautiful everywhere”.

I know the feeling. We’re at Hönö island outside of Gothenburg, one of my favourite places in the world. I’d also like to take photos here. But I’m here ”working”. The weather is beautiful and sometimes I wish I could be at sea in a kayak, climb a rock or just dissapear underwater for a bit. Finally he allows me to do just that. Not once, but over and over again. When he says ”just once more”, we both know it means at least 3 more times. And I don’t mind at all. He’s a perfectionist and knows that when you just try a little harder the best photos will arrive.

This time I brought my little compact Olympus camera to show what it’s like behind the scenes of such a day. Roger also made the interview. But you’ll have to read the magazine for that :-)

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