In February 2021, I passed 10,000 images in my archive. Considering that I started photographing way back in the early 1990s, the figure is not that impressive. However, the 10,000 are only from the period 2003 until today.
Before 2003, I photographed analog. First with a second-hand Olympus OM-2 and later with my first Canon EOS SLR camera, an EOS 3. It was these cameras that I brought on my first three big photo trips in Scandinavia/Northern Europe in 1993 and 1995, respectively, and with the EOS 3 in 1997. All three trips were each of about two weeks duration and the last two took place during the summer holidays while I was a student.
At the time, photography had not really become a passion yet. I photographed primarily as a ferry spotter and as a collector of ferry photos. A good friend who was training to be a photographer inspired me to use serious SLR cameras, but I did not have the finances to use professional films and have them developed in professional laboratories.
Therefore, I was often disappointed when I received the photos from my local photo shop. There were many times colour issues in the prints – magenta became almost my enemy, I remember. At the same time, it was expensive to get the maybe 15 – 20 rolls of film developed when I had been traveling.
However, my first digital camera, a Nikon E995 – which I got in 2002 – freed me from those troubles. Now I could suddenly colour-edit my images myself and select the specific images I wanted to use. In other words, I could now complete the creative process of photography myself. Photo selection and editing in Photo Shop quickly became a creative process I looked forward to immersing myself in when I returned home from a photo trip.
That was the reason why in 2003 I decided to change course. I switched from being a ship spotter and photo collector to having photography as my hobby and passion, but of course continuing with ferries and passenger ships as the focal point.
The same year I also invented my paxpix dogma: “My ultimate goal is to capture the aesthetics of ships – especially the passenger-oriented ones and their visual interaction with the surroundings, but nothing but the whole maritime industry sets the boundaries for my photography“
This can in principle be translated into the fact that I use the usual compositional tools that generally apply in photography, while I also have a focus on light quality, which is why I prefer to photograph in the outer hours of the day. It was also in 2003 that I established my web domain paxpix.dk, which is composed of pax (the transport industry’s term for a passenger unit) and pix (a pixel, the smallest element in a raster image or in a digital photo).
I typically use somewhere between 2 and 5 percent of my RAW files from a photo session. That means that the actual number of digital photos I have taken since 2003 is approaching a million.
Top 10 most frequently used lenses
|Photo count||In the fleet|
|Canon 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM||5,231||2007-|
|Sigma AF 150-600 mm /5-6,3 DG OS HSM Sport||669||2015-|
|Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50mm ZE||617||2011-|
|Canon 17-40 mm f4L USM||577||2007-|
|Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE||331||2011-|
|Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM||265||2007-2009|
|Sigma AF 24-105/4DG HSM ART||207||2019-|
|Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM||103||2015-|
|Sigma 14 mm f/1.8 DG HSM ART||56||2004-2006|