Nicola Odemann, Nomadic Photographer
Your website says you are only 21 (or 20), yet you’ve been traveling and building a huge portfolio of landscapes beyond your years. After browsing your collection I was very surprised to learn how young you are. Can you talk about being such a young photographer and doing so much?
My photos are memories from the trips and journeys I’ve made so far. I’ve always had this wanderlust inside me, just as this passion about nature. Therefore I have been on many trips where I took a lot of photos. But I don’t think about my age (21). This is just my life and I hope to still see a lot of new places in the future!
South Tyrol, Italy
How do you manage to travel so much? You seem to be living a dream we all hope for. We’d love to hear about it.
I’m in university and one semester only lasts 3-4 months. This leaves me four months per year when I can travel. Besides, there is nothing I rather spend money on than travelling. Last year I have worked a lot and saved a lot of money and I’m currently just spending it for the most amazing journeys. And when I’m broke again I’ll just work in the semester break, save money and then travel again after the next term.
Val di Fassa, Dolomites, Italy
Where was your favorite place which you traveled to? Talk about that experience.
Some years ago we traveled to Norway. We drove from Oslo to Bergen and back again and we hadn’t booked anything in advance but we just stayed in whatever place we thought was nice. It was so great to be that independent. But the weather didn’t favor us and it rained for the whole week almost nonstop. So we went hiking to a glacier in the pouring rain and streets began to turn into rivers. But it was still such a unique experience and although there were many things we were unable to do due to the weather, it was still the most wonderful trip I can think of. I hope I can get back to Norway soon, it’s such a magical place!
Do you have a certain attraction to certain landscapes or subjects? I’m very drawn to the images you take of mountains and forests, for example.
I’m really passionate about mountains and I love to go hiking or skiing. As I always take my camera with me to these trips, I take a lot of photos of mountains. There’s just no place I’d rather be when standing on top of a mountain.
Can you talk about your process? Do you take your camera everywhere? Do you take hundreds of photos and pick the best or do you wait to take shots that feel just right?
Whenever I’m out in nature or travelling I always have my camera with me. I do not plan my photos but I just take them while hiking for example, hence my photos can be seen as memories from my life. As I shoot analogue I do not take hundreds of photos but I just take a photo of something that really moves or amazes me.
Can you talk about the equipment you use? Both photographic and supplemental to your work (if applicable).
I shoot with a Nikon F65 and I use all kind of films, mostly the cheap ones from the supermarket as the costs for developing are already really expensive. I then post process some of the scanned photos as regards curves, but I stick to minimal improvements only because I do not want to change the original photo and atmosphere.
Northern Tuscany, Italy
What kind of schooling have you had (or are you currently pursuing) in photography?
Practice makes perfect. I have never been to any photography school but I’m just learning while doing and as I’m not a professional photographer, this has always been enough to me.
South Tyrol, Italy
What feelings/emotions/messages do you hope people take away when they view your work? I feel very inspired and full of wonder when I browse your collection. Is this something you hope for? What would make you happy to hear from fans viewing your work?
Yes, this is exactly what I hope for. I want to take photos of wonderful places that awake the wanderlust in other people and make them want to go to these places. I want to advertise the beauty of this world!
What dreams do you have for the future?
I would love to move to Austria or Switzerland after graduation and live there, but travel the world at the same time. As I’m not a professional photographer I don’t plan to make a lot of money with my photos. But maybe I could make a photo book one day, just a small limited edition one. That’d be great!
Northern Tuscany, Italy
I ask this of everyone: What advice can you give to the young aspiring artists in our community?
The best advice I have is to always take photos of things you love. All of my photos are memories of great moments or places and I hope that people can see my feelings in my photos. The photographers I love the most are the ones who put their soul in their photos, hence this is something I try to do and what I would recommend to everyone.