All about Instagrammer Kristine Norlander

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It’s been a while since we’ve interviewed a special Instagrammer for you all. Today we are proud to tell you about Kristine Norlander @kristinenor. See her awesome images and interview questions below!

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Kristine Norlander. I live in Norway with my husband and our four kids, and I work as a teacher in upper secondary school – teaching visual arts, crafts and media. I guess I am a visual junkie, and I have a passion for mobilephotography.

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2. When did you first take up photography?
I have always enjoyed to express myself through different materials and medias, but my passion for photography began when I started to use my phone for shooting and editing images 3 years ago. The phone became a creative tool for sketching things that caught my eye. Like a visual diary. Sharing these images on Instagram and being able to take part of so many other peoples ways to express themselves was hugely inspiring.

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3. How do you describe your style of photography?
I think my style can be described as some kind of nordic minimalism or scandinavian simplicity. Most images are outtakes from my regular surroundings – mostly nature and architectural details.

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– Are there any particular things or places you always look out for before you shoot?
Photography for me is much about just being present more than to stage and arrange images. Beauty is everywhere, and my mission is to frame it. So mostly I shoot when my eye tell me to – might call it intuition – or the “click”… Often om my drive to work, or walking along some street. My phone is always there,- it works like an extended tool of my perception.

– Are there any methods or habits of how you always take a photo?
It all starts with that “click” in my mind – something that just makes sense through the eye. Then the editing process where I try to find out what that click was about; I try to frame it and express it through editing. Sometimes the image does not need editing at all, and sometimes it is all about the edit.

 

4. Whats your favourite tools or apps that you use for editing your photos?
I always shoot with the native camera, and then open it in Snapseed. At first I work on the tuning; brightness, ambience and saturation, and then the crop. The crop is all about composition – cleaning up the frame – take advantage of negative space and so on… I also often use VSCO to get a certain tone – especially for the blackandwite; the Legacy-pack is beautiful.

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5. Do you always keep in mind the consistency throughout your gallery?
I try not to get stuck in a certain style, because I really wish to explore new expressions. Still – when I look at my images, they all tend to be minimalistic – little amounts of colour, quiet moods, focusing on details like texture or lines or shapes that attracts me… I guess I can not escape from a certain visual voice that I have developed – some essence that is me. I try to be consistent about the squared format, but from time to time I need to loosen up – mostly to the 16:9-format. I also enjoy making small videos; like living photography.

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6. Any other photo projects that you are working on right now or plan to do in the near future?
An ongoing project as a teacher is to get my pupils to use their phone as a creative tool – projects can be seen on accounts like @ig_nvgs and @nyttblikk_hioa.

For myself I just finished a project with a Danish company that will be launched in September. I am very exited about that…! Otherwise nine of my pictures will be exposed at the Preus museum in the end of august at “Fotografiets dag”. Always fun to see my images as something else than pixels on a screen!

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– Which other area of photography have you always wanted to explore?
My style right now is a result of a busy life, where I try to frame beauty from my everyday surroundings – creative moments in between. I would love to try out more staged and arranged photography; create moods and details – in portraits or with groups of people.

– Which brands or artists do you want to collaborate with the most?
It would be fabulous to work with big artist like James Turrell, Ai Weiwei, Gerhard Richter – or create covers for musicians like James Blake or Nils Frahm. It would be fun to collaborate with certain designer brands or architects – travelling around the world; shoot details and capture moods and styles…! But right now I am happy to just play by my own rules.

 

7. What are your other hobbies/interests besides photography?
I love seeing movies, series, read books, listen to music….. But with a full time job, big house and four kids – there are not so much time for hobbies! I am happy to have a work that pretty much is in my field of interest, cool kids and husband to spend time with – and I am lucky to have my iPhone…

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8. Are there any tips or techniques you would like to share with our new and aspiring photographers?
The idea that my photos are sketches have helped me a lot. Its a way to be less ambitious, and not take myself too seriously. It’s allowed to play! Otherwise; clean up your images – use negative space, play with balance, try to tell stories with no words, search inspiration – have fun!

What advice you wished you had known earlier that would help in your photography career. Just do what feels right, and don’t bother to be perfect.

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9. Recommend some Instagrammers that inspire you.
That would be all of the names on the list of people that I follow – and more! It is so hard to pick out a few – there are so many that inspires me out there! …from the graphic pureness of @zezn, the creative moodmaker @____nima and the elegant and sensual @or.nella, via the playful abstracts from @carmenviolich and the facades of @serjios, the richness and beauty of @artpulse, the emotional and creative @kersti__k – to the fabulous eye of @elinlia and other norwegians like @secretmoments – one of the first accounts I started to follow, and @ragnhildsvisuelle – a good friend of mine and creative partner in rl as well. And that’s just a start….

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