Professor Karin Pittman works in the Fisheries Ecology and Aquaculture Research Group, Department of Biology, at the University of Bergen, Norway.
She was an attendee at the Startup Extreme event I covered in Bergen and Voss. While I was shooting a series of Viking headshots, Karin entered my makeshift studio, and I could tell right away that this woman was different. Not one I wanted to capture as a viking princess.
After a few back and forth sentences, I realised that my summation was correct. And while I normally don’t care, when photographing Karin, I asked for the room to be cleared so that we could work one-on-one.
We talked about this, that, and the other, as well as trading a few fashion and jewellery favourite designs and designers that produce them. And as I do love a photographic challenge, Karin and I set out on a variety of looks. Some I liked, some she liked better. We took a short break, and I asked her about her favourite music. This conversation then spawned another avenue of back and forth, and we quickly headed back to the lights and camera.
The result is a very unique headshot of Professor Karin Pittman. And while the image has some technical imperfections, I believe the overall composition and dynamics far overshadow these, and make for a dramatic presentation.