With a thin population and plenty of unspoiled wilderness, Sweden is a pretty excellent place to try your hand at nature photography. Christoffer Collin agrees. The 28-year-old amatuer photographer has found a passion for documenting the natural beauty of his homeland. And people have noticed. In little more than a year, Christoffer has carved out a respectable name for himself; his Instagram feed now has over 290,000 followers. He also runs the website christoffercollin.com, which showcases the best of his work. Picpack got in touch with Christoffer this week to talk about life as a nature photographer.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live Karlskoga, a small town in Sweden. In my professional life I’m a project leader at a small company in the industrial sector. Away from work, I like to play football, spend time with family and friends and, of course, spend time with my camera.
How did you get started as a photographer?
I had always enjoyed looking at other people’s photographs, but had never really considered doing it myself. But then, at the end of 2011, a couple of friends and I did a 900 km charity walk in Thailand to support a local orphanage. Someone had to document the adventure, so I volunteered. I fell in love with photography almost immediately and had a blast. Once back in Sweden I forgot about it and fell back into old routines, but then someone told me about Instagram. I picked up the thread I had left in Thailand and haven’t stopped since. You’re never too old to pick up a new hobby.