Konsta Linkola

Konsta Linkola

Canon Nordic Photographer / Instagrammer, Finland

Please share a bit about your background as photographer.

I was around 15 and spent most of my spare time outdoors with my scout friends. One of them was already into macro photography and I was blown away by his stuff. Not long after that I got my first digital camera and started practising the very basics. Now 7 years later I have run my own business for 5 years and established a steady ground for my career as a visual artist.

What type of photographer are you?

I like to title myself as a commercial lifestyle and adventure photographer. Commercial as I really enjoy helping companies build their visual brands and work with bigger teams. I also do enjoy creating longer projects purely from my own interests and to study my subjects more deeply. Those subjects are primarily mans relationship with nature and different outdoor cultures, which reflect my background and values in everyday life as well. I am a lover of light and color, but I am not afraid of darkness. I think I am somewhere between the generations who got into photography before and after social media became a thing, and it has shaped my approach and values as a photographer a lot.

What are your favorite motives?

I am often driven by different emotions and experiences I want to process in depth and share with others. I spend a lot of time outdoors and often these experiences speak to me the loudest. It is a great feeling when you are able to touch and inspire someone though your work of art and I am flattered when I am told someone really went and experienced the outdoors because of my photos.

Which products do you use today?

I am glad I am over that phase of every photographers journey where your gear is the most important thing. But in order to be fully functional and productive at all times, even in the most demanding circumstances, my go to set includes 5D mk3, zooms from 16mm to 200mm and a few primes like 35mm or 50mm. For commercial shoots I carry portable studio flashes.

Can you tell us about a photo moment which you will never forget.

One of my most memorable photo moments is from Lofoten, Norway. I headed there alone and ended up skiing, surfing and making friends with bunch of Norwegians. One of the surfing days we were hit by a blizzard which made the scene on the beach absurd but stunningly beautiful. We could not go hit the waves for a while due to the bad visibility. That week was one of the greatest in 2016, and the memories and photos mean a lot to me, because one of the the guys passed away in an avalanche few weeks later.

Can you give an advice to someone who wants to develop in photography.

The technical part of photography can be learned fairly quickly, and it will take you quite far. But the hardest is to go beyond nice images and create something that truly resonates with yourself and with others. It is a long process that takes time for even the best photographer. The advice I give most often to others, is not to give too much thought what others may think of you. In this social media era we live in it is easy to get influenced too much by likes etc. and to forget what really got you hooked in the first place.