A brief introduction: Henning Jansen from Stavanger - Norway. Born in 1971 - now married & got two kids. I have Masters Degree in comp. sci. and working as a senior systems engineer in an oil-technology company. I live a typical life and do typical things like moving the lawn, shovel snow, cleaning the car, walking the dog and playing with my kids. And I take pictures.
A more comprehensive introduction: I have been an amateur photographer since my early teens (don't use my 18 years of experience against me when looking at my photos! ;-) . The past 5 years photography have become so much more than just a hobby - it is my biggest thing in life except from family & friends. During those 5 years I have given up on colors totally - for now at least - and found a new & better looking world among shades of grey. I have moved my gear towards Medium format, first 6x6 then back to 6x4,5. I have moved from slamming mirrors to quiet rangefinders. I have also moved my target from misunderstood nature studies to street/rural photography in a broad sense. I have moved my ambitions from trying to sell pictures to cheap tourist magazines and stock agencies towards galleries & exhibition style presentations - but not really succeeded so far. And my goal in life is no longer the glorious life of a stock photographer, but instead the glorious life of a non-commercial pro doing exhibitions and selling fine-art prints with severe deficit. My dreams and goals have a 10-20 years perspective...
I believe strongly in analog photography. I believe the fast pace and work process in digital photography has no real benefit for the fine-art photographer. Increased speed will in my eyes limit our creative skills on a long term basis. The world is moving too fast already as it is. Art is time-less and should be approached with gentle respect & consideration and not with great hurry.
Buying digital gear that is outdated in 18-36 months doesn't make us better photographers - but it makes us work more overtime to pay for the stuff. More overtime at work is less shooting- or darkroom time. Analouge gear is also expensive - but its more often an investment than a plain disbursement.
I believe that the traditional skill of silver-gelatin photographic printmaking will survive the digital age and establish an exclusive niche for us to rumble around in the galleries in 10-20 years from now. While the rest of the world moves on with increased speed and digital image-processing is more and more convenient I will stay still, honing my skills as a traditional photographer and printmaker.
My current photographic activities are mainly building my exhibition portfolio based on the finest prints I can accommodate. And I try to shoot something new every week since I am doing this PAW thing - Picture A Week which is running on several mailing-lists. My work can be viewed on http://www.henning-jansen.com You'll find a Portfolio section containing links to the PAW.
I strongly recommend the text in this link: http://www.digitalsucks.com/intro/wax.html
I love that shot of the tilted house, or tilted car which ever way you look at it.
Welcome to APUG.
Velkommen hit, Henning!
As you can see, you're not the first Norwegian here - at the moment I'm in Stavanger too, so there are two of us http://apug.org/forum/html/emoticons/wink.gif
But in two weeks time I'll be going home to Salhus again, so you'll be on your own again http://apug.org/forum/html/emoticons/smile.gif
I took a quick look at your webpage and I must say there are some very good pics there.