I think I understood something for me profound, when in dance class I felt I could fly. It was just for a second and I do not know how I looked, but it did not matter to me, it was a form of enlightenment, part of realising my existence and being.
I had a career in music, but when I picked up a camera in the end of 2008 I found my artistic home, the beginning of a freedom and a deep happiness.
The dance pictures started with The Most Wuthering Heights Ever, an event set to Kate Bush’s song, where people practice and come together to dance her original choreography. Then I continued in the Norwegian Opera, working with their youth company as they prepared the programme called Brilliante, following rehearsals on and off stage. There are also pictures from Ulf Nileng’s project, Ulf Goes Religious 1, a ballet about God, queerness, humanity and acceptance, where Ulf Nilseng goes around as a naked God, watching his creatures trying to find acceptance for who they are and how they love.
Some time ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to photograph Oslo Equality Open 2018 - a ballroom competition being held during The Oslo Pride Week. It was a wonderfully cultured event, full of joy, tenderness, dignity, movement, humanity and laughter. And yet gain I got to feel my inner musician working as I was photographing. I find back to my profound love for music when I photograph people who dance and every time I make dance pictures, I think I can not have a more wonderful and unforgettable time. I feel like the luckiest person in the world.