Hi FashionPhotographyBlog.com readers. This is Per Zennstrom. In the last couple of posts I posted, I shared some of my background before becoming a full-time professional photographer and my time in and out of art school, as well as my thoughts about change and how it is inevitable.
Today, I’m going to be answering some questions from Ophelie, a Canadian follower who wrote in. She asked questions about my day to day life as a photographer, so I’m posting the answers here for those of you who are interested in a snapshot of me as a working photographer. So let’s get straight to it!
What do you like most from your career as photographer?
I like the fact that I never felt that I was going to work. I don’t feel like “oh I have to go to work now” (well maybe once or twice). It’s not really work for me – it’s who I am and what I am.
I think that as a photographer or for anybody else who has chosen their passion as their profession, we’re very fortunate to be able to not feel like we are going to work – it’s just something you do anyway. It is something that defines you and I like that being a photographer.
Without being too intrusive to do you live on photography alone or are there other side incomes?
Well, I am a photographer and I’m making my living out of photography as well as stock photography and having my images represented by image licensing agencies, but they’re also other things I’m experimenting with as well.
I’m experimenting with putting together a network of people around me and forming some sort of creative bureau in Berlin and trying to do work for other creatives that’s not necessarily based on photography or visual things.
I’m incredibly interested in digital culture, web technology and technology in general. I tried to use that in work that’s not necessarily visual or photography related. It’s something which is relatively new for me and I’m very excited by it and we’ll see what comes of that.
Are you represented by a gallery as a resident artist?
No I’m not because I don’t consider myself as an artist. I consider myself more as a commercial artist. I think that most of the things today which are interesting, which has an impact. which are cool to look at are not being done by artists really but by people who can leverage and develop partnerships with commercial actors and brands.
Being an artist just for art’s sake seems a little bit boring to me. I like being right in the middle of technology, media, street culture, commercial interests and money. As a photographer you sure you’re right in the center of everything and I really like being on the inside of that space.
Do you work with a team?
Yes I do. As a photographer as a fashion photographer that is you cannot work alone; you have stylists, hair stylists, makeup artists and photography assistants, and even perhaps, a camera person if you’re doing video.
Do you have a favorite photographer or any other person that you admire for his or her work?
Yes of course, I can never get away from Irving Penn and his influences on me. I consider myself a classic photographer and I still look at his images to this day.
I hope this helps you get some insight of me as a fashion photographer in Berlin and that you found this post interesting. Thank you very much for letting me reveal a little about my life. I enjoyed sharing it with you.