Mikko Lagerstedt is a self-taught photographer from Finland, who’s photography journey first started in December 2008.
Mikko’s work captures simplistic but breathtaking landscapes of his homeland, and also a unique moment in time – the tribute given by the day to the magic of the Finnish night.
“I’m drawn into night and atmospheric photography. (…) I love to create visually and emotionally interesting photographs and my goal is to capture the feeling I had when I took the photograph.”
Finland’s changing weather and seasons have shaped his work, offering him countless opportunities to reveal his own bond to nature and the starry sky.
“I get inspired just by looking outside and seeing the weather changing. I do enjoy all of the seasons we have.”
He mostly travels to the coast to take pictures in the winter and to find new landscapes to capture in the summer.
“We have long, dark and usually cold Winter. In the Northern part of Finland the sun doesn’t even rise at one time of the Winter so it is basically just couple of hours of dim light each day. However in Summer the sun does not set in the North and you have 24 hours of light.”
But he is not afraid of the long and cold Finnish Winter.
“It gives the landscape a beautiful, different look and gives brightness to the short winter days we have here in Finland.”
A thing is for sure. Mikko just loves to do photography.
“I feel extremely lucky to do what I love to do every day. Capturing atmospheric and inspiring moments of our everyday life.”
Many of his images are in fact composites of two photos taken from the same location and his post-processing techniques are quite unique.
But he doesn’t keep his vision and style in editing photographs a secret. He gladly shares his knowledge.
“The main reason to create these presets and actions was to help people learn my unique way of editing photographs. And to ease the frustration that sometimes comes while you have not yet learned how a certain program works. It’s also a great way to experiment different techniques and looks!”
“Overall I think the journey I have had, with all of the ups and downs are all part of the reason of where I am at the moment.”