Niklas Nikitin
Landscape Photographer

Photographic projects

The various photographic projects I am currently working on. In the gallery there is a limited selection of photographs from the different photographic projects.

Landscape photography

The Nordic landscape is made for photography. The environments are very varied, from large forest areas in Finland and Sweden, via the dramatic coastal landscapes in Norway to the bare and harsh environments in Iceland. The different differences provide the conditions for creating different types of images.

Ice on a beach in Iceland.
Ice on a beach in Iceland.

In addition to the large forest areas in Sweden, there are also various wetlands such as lakes, rivers, streams and bogs to photograph. This, together with the fact that Sweden has different seasons with large differences in nature, gives this great opportunities to have completely different motives in the same places. Spring with the clear greenery in the foliage, all the beautiful colors of autumn and winter with snow and bare deciduous trees.

Although I enjoy photographing in the Nordic countries, I like also to visit other countries for my photography. This provides an opportunity for motifs that do not exist in the Nordic countries.

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Intimate landscape photography

Even if I enjoy photographing the grand landscape and capturing the beauty of a large scene, I prefer the intimate landscape. To focuses on small, unique parts of the landscape and extracts from the overall scene. For me intimate landscape is finding interesting color, form, structure and light. I tend to zoom in and have a tight, immaculate composition for my intimate landscapes, and the horizon and sky is usually missing.

Chaotic intimate landscape in Sweden.
Chaotic intimate landscape in Sweden.

Intimate landscapes do not give as many likes on Instagram as the magnificent landscapes with beautiful sunsets, but are instead images that make the viewer stop and think. These are images that can be perceived as messy before you see the structure of the subject, before the chaos is decoded.

The wilderness is the mother of all living things. It is always true and never trivial.
Hans Strand

My intimate landscape photography is often done in the woodland. It is a big challenge to find a composition in the chaos of trees and branches. Photography in the forest requires that you have the right mood. It is not possible to stressfully hunt around for compositions to succeed in photographing intimate landscapes. When the right feeling arises, you will find motives everywhere.

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The bog

For decades I have visited this magical place. I walk out on the footbridge and look at the gnarled pine trees while the sun tries to break through the morning mist. At each visit, I get a special feeling in my body, as well as an expectation — what should I photograph this time? Although I have made many visits here, there is still a great desire to make a new visit to find new motifs, or to improve the pictures I have already taken at this place. Through all visits, I see the shifts of the seasons and the changes in nature that take place through decay and rejuvenation.

The bog, a favorite place that is often visited.
The bog, a favorite place that is often visited.

In addition to photographing in this place, it's a wonderful experience to an early summer morning walking around the bog in the mist and listen to loon’s complaining cry.

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