Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

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Illustrating a trip to Norway, this collection narrates the landscapes and people encountered along the way.

For my next photography trip I wanted to return to another country I had visited for a film shoot, Norway.

Norway is one of my favourite countries in the world, not least for its beautiful landscape, and I can now say I have travelled all over it. For me it was a step up in more ways than one, the landscape is that much more vast and impressive, the hiking that much harder and the solo travelling that much more demanding.

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

For this trip I wanted to experiment with film as well, so bought of eBay a Pentax ME Super with a 50mm f1.7, for £25. Along with this I got some rolls of Ilford HP4 & 5 B&W film, a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 and Fujifilm Pro 400H colour film.

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

I have a great respect for film, in both photography and cinema, and I’m one of those who feel it has a certain aesthetic quality that is unique to the format. I enjoy the process, and the extra attention to detail involved and will no doubt be looking to upgrade my 35mm camera in the near future. However, having said all that my interest is in the contents and composition of the photo, rather than the camera used to capture it, so in that regard the camera actually doesn’t interest me too much, and indeed I have been inspired by such great photos taken on varying formats.

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

This photo takes me back to an enjoyable hike I stumbled onto midway through my trip, on one of the rare sunny days. I enjoy hiking and finding my own path through a landscape and the great outdoors is one of the reasons I took to landscape photography. I think its true for many, including myself, that landscapes offer an arguably easier starting point as a first foray into the craft, because all you really need is a camera and a half decent backdrop, theres nothing to rely on other than perhaps the weather. It definitely helps if you like the exercise and cherish the view.

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

For this particular trip I took a tent every where I went mainly in an effort to reduce costs – Norway is an expensive country, but also so I could camp on hikes and wake up to catch the sunrise. The picture above was my first night in Norway at the top of Preikestolen.

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

I was quite unlucky with the weather in Norway, often seeming to be one day ahead of the sun at every place I stopped. After some disappointment I decide to embrace the weather, and began looking for something different for my photos, this led to some of my favourites.

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

I took a ride on the famous Flam Railway and once again the weather didn’t lean in my favour so I turned my attention to people.

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

Stuart Hackshaw - Gudvangen, Molden, Lofoten, Flåm

I hope to do more photography of people in the future, particularly portraits, as the human face can be, in a single frame, so expressive and emotive. However I know my passion is still for landscapes, as I set my sights on a new destination (currently torn between two countries) and my next photography trip. Once again this will be another step up, in more ways than one.