My name is Per-Anders Nilsson and I am from Stockholm.
How long have you been taking pictures?
I have been working part time with photography of and one for about 10 years but have been shooting since I was a kid with my father. The thought of being able to freeze a moment in time has always been fascinating to me and that photography makes it easy for me to share my experiences with people from all over the world and hopefully inspire them.
When did you get into photography and why?
I got into photography for real during the last years at University and it was primarily at first a way to document my travels around the world. At first it was wildlife and nature that was my royal muse but after some years people started to interest me more and more and I found myself wandering off my beaten track and now days I almost only shot Fashion, Portraits and Fine Art Nudes.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
Style and aesthetics of my photography is always evolving and I find myself like painters that have periods in there life were a certain texture, colour or motif is all inspiring. Don’t know why this is, maybe I get bored or inspired could be both maybe…haha
For me right now the period is the 1990s, I am just completely blown away by the Black and white fashion.
Shots from this era and the styling from Tom Ford especially. It was the time of supermodels and super photographers with projects with budgets as a Scandinavian countries budget…. So my style know is mainly black and white and white powerful lightning. Often coming from the top and closed in by darkness from the side.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
I used to be a click and run kind of person for many years but since I ventured into fashion and holding workshops. In that field I have become a great believer in the art of planning a head. It was born out of necessity but now I love to plan the shots with the team and getting them engaged into that specific project. A fashion shot or a art nude shot has so many parameters that has to work together I think it is necessary for my style of shooting.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
It is very important for me to have a storyline or a common aesthetics regardless of it being a fashion or wildlife editorial.
It makes people connect to the images as a whole and it has to speak to them with a powerful language in this day and age were we are almost drowning in images everyday. To stand out you have to make people stay up and be intrigued.
Do you have any influences you can share?
For me the strongest influencers right for my style of shots are Peter Lindberg, Greg Borman, Herb Ritz and Guy Bourdain. All represent the old guard but for me there stuff are the stuff of legends gone past.
What inspires you?
For me the most inspiring is my muses and my colleagues on every set I do. They rock my world all the time being inventive and thrusting. It is really the meeting with persons with similar ideas that inspires and the beauty of the human body.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
Of course there is bad photographs one see them all the time in people photography. The worst is the disrespectfulness that is in some nude women photography. For me it is a tribute to inner goddess that all women has inside and is for us photographers to get out of its shell, not just showing of a women like a piece of meat that is so common these days
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
Photography is my part time career and my biggest passion all interwoven into one. I am not certain I want to do it full time yet, pretty content with it as I have it now.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I use Instagram and Facebook to get paying customers and create a market base for my fashion workshops. I also use Gurupics and Viewbug to have a possibility for people to see my work in high resolution.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
There is so much great work online these days that I won´t mention anybody special. I appreciate the work of local photographers here in Stockholm but also the big world stars out there.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
I don’t use my mobile phone for work but for holidays and catching that moment they are sure a healthy addition to mosts arsenals. I am old school guy so love my big heavy gear.
What are your main go to cameras, lenses and how did you make that choice?
I am a Canon guy true and true and have always been so I use the Eos1s and Eos5s of different specs with mainly 70-200 and 50/85 primes. It works for me both in the wilderness and in the studio.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
My dream location is to shot a fashion editorial with access to all rooms at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
It is very hard describe my favourite picture of all times but best selling shot is of a trout that is eating a mayfly and it looks like the mayfly is sailing in frozen in time. For people shots some of the ones in this article is high up there.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Strong, Bold and Relaxed at the same time.
How would you describe the current scene in photography?
The current scene in photography is changing all the time pushing us to become better and better if want a chance just to make one single dollar. I like that competition and think it is fantastic that images is again a powerful tool.
How do you feel about higher quality cameras being put into smart phones?
As long as people are out there shooting I think all things are cool. It is not the camera that makes a person a photographer it is the mind….
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
A high price camera like a Phase One Or Hasselblad will of course give better picture quality especially for huge prints on houses or whole interior walls. But a decent DSRL is enough for most jobs in my book. For the magic in the image has very little to do with the camera, they are just tools to create what our minds really desire….