Photography sort of fell in my lap. When looking back at how I became a photographer it is almost like it rained on me. I didn't have a great interest in pictures. Or art. And a relative didn't give me a camera when I was 12. It was small random sources hitting me different places and when faced with the crossroad and question of, "What do I do now?" I was soaked up in the idea of becoming a photographer. Since then small encounters have led me halfway around the world and then around it a few extra times.
I grew up in Trondheim, Norway. A big city by Norwegian standards but barely a blip on the map with its population of 150,000 people. I remember vividly the day I moved to the US to study photography flying in over the Bay Area at night. The lights went on forever. I was 22 and felt really small, intimidated by the number of lights and what they illuminated. I attended the Academy of Art University for 4 years. Had some truly inspiring teachers that changed my goals from shooting sporting events for my hometown newspaper to wanting to create great images. I graduated in 99 with Best portfolio in the Spring Show. In 2004 they gave me an Honorary Degree of Outstanding Alumnus.
I assisted Jim Erickson for almost 3 years. I don't think there is a better mentor. He inspired, encouraged and nurtured my own image making and gave me set of working habits that have helped me succeed on my own.
I'm glad I can say that I have. The idea of becoming a photographer is now my reality and I'm truly grateful. I ended up staying in San Francisco and have now lived here for 13 years. A great place to call home, though I frequently go back to Norway, which I also call home. I shoot pictures and I'm too happy doing it, trying to make the ones today better than yesterday.
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