Mads Emil Smed Kjær is a photographer based in Aarhus, Denmark. His artistic work centres around portraying emotion without the need to tell a story. By rarely shooting headshots and often avoiding having the subject fully in frame, his goal is that the viewer will first sense the emotion in the scene rather than creating a story around the subject.
“I’ve been doing photography and videography as a hobby for most of my life, but didn’t really fall in love with it until I acquired a film camera a couple of years back – a Canon AE-1 which, today, feels like an extension of my arm. After a serious skateboarding injury last year, I enrolled in a six-month photography course focused on the artistic side of the practice; I just had my final exhibition – and I’m hooked.
My photography is very affected by previously having been a skater – it’s all about constantly trying to push towards something new and different – be it lens flare, cross-developing, shooting a roll multiple times etc – but also chasing the bizarre and the different in the street, hoping to make people look twice.”
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