Mikko Lagerstedt is a Finnish photographer known for following his camera out of doors and into the dark to capture stunningly atmospheric nighttime images. His series “Into The Mist,” and “Night Animals,” composed whilst walking shadowy cobblestone streets, or trekking through trees and into fog, have made him wildly popular and created massive followings on social image sharing sites like Behance, 500px, and Instagram.

Lagerstedt is currently exhibiting a series of images entitled Atmosphere at The International Cultural Centre Caisa, Helsinki until December, 18. He was kind enough to speak with us about his work, influences, and latest exhibition.

To connect with Mikko Lagerstedt, head over to his website at http://www.mikkolagerstedt.com.
Follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Photography-Mikko-Lagerstedt

Pathway

Pathway

First of all, your photographs are insanely beautiful. Before we begin, what drew you to photography and what were you doing before?
Thank you very much! My first inspiration to photography came to me while driving on a summer’s eve to a relative’s cabin. After a rainy day, the sun started shining, and the fog rose in the fields.
I just had to stop and watch this beautiful moment. Then I realized that I wanted to start capturing these kind of moments. At the time, I was a graphic designer concentrating in reproduction and press.

Atmosphere

“Atmosphere” — On display at The International Cultural Centre Caisa, Helsinki until Dec, 18

Night Animals — Foal

Night Animals — Foal


When did you first pick up a camera?
I bought my first camera before traveling to Thailand in December, 2008. The trip was very educational. I wanted to capture those beautiful landscapes and learn as much as I could about the technical aspects of photography.

Can you describe your aesthetic?
Simple, atmospheric perspective. Fog is one of those elements that offers a sense of mystery and atmosphere.

Night Landscape

Night Landscape

Landscape by Mikko Lagerstedt

Landscape by Mikko Lagerstedt


You shoot mainly at night, right? Can you talk about that?

For the last year or so I’ve been taking photographs at night. I don’t know why night interests me so much. I believe it has something to do with the aesthetics.

Night Owl

Night Owl

Night Animals — Peacock

Night Animals — Peacock

Are there specific technical challenges with shooting at night?
Once you’ve have nailed the technical aspect of things, it’s not that difficult. However, timing and weather are crucial part of star photography.

What’s a basic evening with your camera look like?
This has changed drastically in the last month. Before I used to grab my gear and head out when ever there was a clear sky and minimum of moonlight. Now it has been dark and cloudy for the last month or so, so I have not gone out at night. I have however photographed every day since and tried to capture unusual photographs to grow as a photographer.

What are you drawn to as a photographer, as an artist?
I want to show moments from life—what people rarely stop and see in their everyday hectic life.

Night River

Night River

Edge 5

Edge 5

Night Scape by Mikko Lagerstedt

Night Scape by Mikko Lagerstedt


How did you get so popular on the internet, and how has that affected your career as a photographer?
It has all happened in quite short period, I don’t exactly know how it has happened, but I have staid true to myself and posted pictures I enjoy. I’m really honored of the amount of following I have gained.
I believe it has not changed my career as a photographer, however it has given me more options in sponsors and collaborations.

Which photographers (or artists) do you look to for inspiration?

I do enjoy different kind of photographers to my style. I love the work of Joel Tjintjelaar, Brooke Shaden, David Baker and Russ Barnes.

Can you describe your process a bit?

My process changes and molds all the time. I want to experiment with my process, and learn something new every day. For post processing, I mainly use Lightroom and occasionally for in depth processing I use Photoshop.

What are you working on right now?
I have been busy working on my exhibition Atmosphere, which is held in The International Cultural Centre Caisa, Helsinki.

Moody Water

Moody Water

INTERVIEW: Mikko Lagerstedt — Into The Mist – All images Courtesy of The Artist

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