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How Important Location Scouting Can Be

 

I’ve occasionally talked about how important it is to always find the best possible backdrops for my series. I thought I would share a bit of the thoughts process behind all this. 

Many photographers and entrepreneurs in the creative field seem to be extremely busy from day to day. Especially under these circumstances taking a day of just to wander around searching for interesting locations might seem like an impossible task, already because of the lost working hours. How could I not work for an entire day?

I’m however a big believer in location scouting days in the long-term. But also I’ll have to admit that I’ve kept too few of these lately.

You can never know when you find the perfect location for a project from the evergrowing location archive, you're currently building. Having many locations ready beforehand also reduces the stress breaking out when the search starts after a client brief. If the time is spent before the actual project there usually happens to be more time (strange right?) which in the end automatically leads to a better location. 

In my own work locations themselves also produce stories for my work. What kind of narrative could play out here? What’s the locations mood like? What would the most interesting subject for this place be? These are questions I try to answer while location scouting in new places.  The location has a huge role in my final work. It creates feelings and sets the time period for the editorial.

 

An outtake from my location archive