Danish photographer Kim Høltermand has got an incredible portfolio, made even more impressive by the fact he is totally self taught. Having previously worked in the graphic design industry we caught up with him to find out why he made the move.
Having previously worked in graphic design what made move into photography?
I have always been drawn to the field of photography and working in the graphic design business I bought my first SLR camera, from there I slowly got more interested in making architecture photography and found my own style. I had been working in the graphic design business for about 4 or 5 years until 3 years ago when i bought my first SLR.
Do you think working as a graphic designer has made you a better photographer?
Working in the design business has definitely taught me a lot about composition, choice of color, details etc. so I think that it has definitely helped me be a better photographer yes.
The majority of your portfolio is architectural, what is it about the subject that makes you so interested?
My influence comes from a lot of places, a piece of music, a book, a picture – the world around me. I love the clean lines and aesthetics of architecture and I try to breathe life into these mammoth buildings by shooting them in none ordinary wheather conditions and get a certain mood in my work.
How long do you spend on location, a lot of them look like very early in the morning or late at night?
I mostly spend a few hours on location – and sometimes return to the scene if I’m not satisfied with the result.
How does Danish architecture compare to the rest of the world?
I think Danish architecture can definitely compare to the rest of the world. A lot is going on in this field in Denmark and I also try to shoot as much of this new architecture as possible because I think it’s fantastic.
Is there any building or architecture you would most like to be commissioned to shoot?
There are a lot of places that I would love to shoot – and I’m sure I will be shooting even more great architecture in the future.
Which is your favorite series of images?
My Nightlines series is one of my favorites – theres something in that series that sucks you right in.
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