One of photographers Morten admires is Vivian Maier, who lived her entire life capturing photos of life as she saw it, without ever showing a single photo to anyone. “A lifetime of documenting in such a stunning way, just for her own sake. That’s really unique and shows that her love for photography was real and came from within,” Morten explains. To him it seems almost surreal in todays photographic society that someone would work for decades, developing and evolving their skills, without getting any acknowledgement from others. While Morten too finds a lot of energy in the things that matter to him on a personal level, sharing those stories with others is a big part of the satisfaction.
Morten likes to keep his gear simple in order to focus more on storytelling and less on the technicalities. “That helps me be more present and focused,” he explains. “The key is to figure out what it is you want to do and then go for it, without thinking too much about the how.” As a practical tip to aspiring photographers, Morten advises sticking to classics rather than following trends: “Invest in high quality equipment that could potentially last a lifetime. Cute, new things can be fun for a while, but it is good to have solid pieces that you trust and always come back to.”
While Morten dreams about shooting magazine covers and creating commercial films for the biggest brands in the world, there is also one specific person he would love to photograph: Her Majesty the Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. “She seems like such a wonderful person! It would be an honour to take her photo”, Morten concludes.