Who am I?

My name is Peter M. Madsen. For the last 30 years, I have worked as a photographer. And since 2013 I have focused on art photography. It has been a fascinating and challenging journey, and I’m sure I haven’t arrived yet.

One of the main things I discovered I had to face was the loss of control. In fact, as an artist, one has to be able to step back and, sort of, let the spirit take over. If you’re too much in control, your mind will be ahead of things. Whereas when you just facilitate the process and let the project work with you, it often comes all by itself. One of my significant influencers Ansel Adams put it this way:

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.

The image is already there; one just has to be present and observant to see it.

Landscapes

In landscape photography, there is often more than meets the eye. Even though there are many ways to depict a landscape, it often ends up reflecting something inside the photographer. A kind of self-portrait, that shows just as much what is going on behind the camera as in front of it at a certain point of time.

Constructions

It’s very exciting what you can read from the way humans construct and some times “don’t construct”. Especially when there does not seem to be any aesthetics to decide what’s nice and what is not. When things arise because life shapes the world and the people who live in it. The honesty in the unintentional is much more interesting than many conscious choices.

Still life

Few genres are as loaded with symbols as still lifes. The artist has a wide palette of symbols to shape every single part of the motif. It’s not merely a random collection of things, but visual poetry that tells a lot more than meets the eye.

Travel

Travel images, as a genre, are not very well regarded. They easily get a personal touch that, supposedly makes them unattractive for anyone who didn’t undertake the trip. I think that’s a pity. Especially when I’m on holiday I have time to immerse myself into the nature of the places. Quite often with constraints, but that doesn’t make the task any less interesting.