Capturing images from some of the world’s most famous mountain play-grounds is a ‘dream job’ for Patrik.
Envy and admiration aside, Patrik backs up this need to be around big-mountain action, with dedication, organization and commitment to be one step ahead of his subjects… frozen fingers or not. “If I have to climb mountains and sleep overnight in a tent at -20 degree, then so be it. It’s a beautiful world out there and I will forever strive to capture it”.
A move to Chamonix in 2005 has been the necessary step to assist Patrik and his quest to work with athletes in terrain the Mecca for alpinism and big mountain freeriding is famous for.
It is within this ‘extreme’ play-ground where Patrik strives to compose images encompassing epic scenes, next level action and beautiful natural surroundings. While capturing action in the backcountry is his forte, Patrik is just as adept at shooting freestyle or freezing a candid moment on the piste.
His work appears in numerous magazines, and with his life settled in Chamonix, Patrik is set to explore further into the expanse of the Mont-Blanc massif, but also into the lives of people who call this rugged mountain setting their home.
So the next time you head up the infamous Aiguille du Midi for fresh tracks, watch out for this lensmen, because he may just be pointing his Canon EOS at you.
In the beginning… Pat the Swede was handed a camera and a couple rolls of film from his beloved granddad, Egon. Pat, like most switched on 7-year-olds, snapped away and had a lot of FUN.
Without a dollar to his name, Pat took two months to save enough money to see the results. Whatever the affect his results and that two month wait did encouraged Pat to keep shooting. It may not have been the start of his career, but the seed of an adventurous shutter-bug was sewn. His first break as a photographer came at the 2000 Skiing World Championships in St: Anton. Pat met a young journalist from Sydney, Australia named Ruby.
Ruby was doing a story on the Australian ski team for a publication called “Cream”, and Pat, suff-ering a good dose of ‘being in the right place at the right time’ got the call-up as the feature photographer. Luckily, he removed the lens cap and shot well, and the rest they say… was the beginning of the first day of his life as a ‘real’ photographer.