I have inside me the winds, the deserts, the oceans, the stars, and everything created in the universe. We were all made by the same hand, and we have the same soul.
[Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist]

Lake Como, Italy. 2013.

Contax 645 | Zeiss 80mm f/2 | Fuji Pro 400H | Richard Photo Lab

Over the four weeks we traveled in Italy, I had two moments that excited me most. One was when I photographed the horse in Val D’Orcia. I was practically stumbling over myself to get that shot, in my excitement forgetting to double check my exposure and realizing afterwards that I was about five stops over. But that’s the beauty of film and a brilliant lab – it still turned out!

The second moment was here, at Lake Como, in a little boat harbor that we happened to glimpse while driving past. We debated whether to turn around, and I am really glad we did. I think I took three rolls of film just in this one little harbor.

I’m finding through shooting so many different places and situations, that certain things really intrigue me. One is definitely boats and nautical elements. Don’t ask me why that is, I grew up surrounded by cornfields. Maybe it’s a love for the water that I carry on from previous generations, like my late grandfather, who passionately loved to sail.

I love shots that remind me of movie scenes, like the horse. I almost hear a soundtrack playing in my head when I look at it, and the camera panning from the horse, with the wind blowing in her hair, over the valley and the mountains and the incredible landscape. I love movement in images, how the wind and the light can make an image feel alive.

More and more I see and feel that the mood I want to convey through my photos is calm. Too much going on in the frame distracts me (even busy bokeh is too much). I love a clean canvas, with gentle and serene elements. Maybe that’s another reason why I love shooting by the water so much. It’s so easy to convey this sense of peace.

I think it’s good to explore this as a photographer. To listen to your own heart rather than taking so many ideas from the outside; to let the inspiration speak from within and not from without.