Inspiration comes from both sides!

I started practicing photography as a tool to capture wildlife portraits as inspiration for my jewelry designs and fell in love with wildlife photography.
Interestingly, engaging in both Photography and jewelry design affected my perspective and the way I create and in both fields!
The first principle that guides me in both design and photography is simplicity.
Emphasis on composition, separation, contrast, relations and spacing between shapes and lines, effective silhouettes, all of these principles are the basis for a good aesthetic photograph and design in my eyes.
When looking at a small scale jewelry you should easily understand what you see, same in photography, keeping it simple and clearly understood even when looking at it in a small scale is a key to a good image.
When I started photographing I was mainly attracted to animal portraits and closeups and was trying to encapsulate their beauty to a minimum of shapes and lines that capture their essence.
The same principles that guided and influenced my jewelry designs from the beginning affected the way I was photographing.
After practicing photography for a while I realized that very important key elements are missing from most of my work in both fields - emotion, storytelling and sense of place and time.
I started focusing on these elements in my photography and soon enough it Influenced and inspired my jewelry designs as well.
I found it challenging in photography to focus on emotion, storytelling and sense of place and time, while still maintaining the aesthetic values and simplicity I was talking about.
In wildlife photography we can plan, hope and try to achieve a dream shot, but nature is not in our control and to be honest most times we can not capture the image we were dreaming about.
In the rare occasions when everything falls together I feel unparalleled satisfaction and that’s why I love wildlife photography so much!
The beauty in jewelry design and paintings is that there is no limits for my imagination, I can place all the elements I want together!
Here are a few examples of how I use my photography as inspiration for my jewelry design and vice versa.
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Emotional image of a Puma and kitten hug I captured in Patagonia, Chile.

Emotional image of a Puma and kitten hug I captured in Patagonia, Chile.

The jewelry design inspired by the image, I added sense of place (the the mythical Torres Del Paine towers in the background) that I could only dream to capture together with the emotion in the original image.

The jewelry design inspired by the image, I added sense of place (the the mythical Torres Del Paine towers in the background) that I could only dream to capture together with the emotion in the original image.

Dall Sheep Image I captured in the Yukon, Canada.

Dall Sheep Image I captured in the Yukon, Canada.

The jewelry design inspired by the image, I added stronger action and storytelling to what I was able to capture in the original image.

The jewelry design inspired by the image, I added stronger action and storytelling to what I was able to capture in the original image.

Polar Bear Image I captured in Alaska.

Polar Bear Image I captured in Alaska.

The jewelry design inspired by the image, I added tension to the composition by making the cubs smaller and used positive and negative spaces to create a story and sense of place and time.

The jewelry design inspired by the image, I added tension to the composition by making the cubs smaller and used positive and negative spaces to create a story and sense of place and time.

Humpback whale breaching I captured in Baja California, Mexico.

Humpback whale breaching I captured in Baja California, Mexico.

The jewelry design inspired by the image, I wanted to tell the story of both worlds above and below water at the same time. Still dreaming about trying to capture a real image showing both worlds this way :)

The jewelry design inspired by the image, I wanted to tell the story of both worlds above and below water at the same time.
Still dreaming about trying to capture a real image showing both worlds this way :)

Moose couple captured during fall in Alaska. This Image is way too busy for my taste.

Moose couple captured during fall in Alaska.
This Image is way too busy for my taste.

The jewelry design inspired by the image, I wanted it to express more emotion and to have cleaner and simpler background from what I could capture in the original image.

The jewelry design inspired by the image, I wanted it to express more emotion and to have cleaner and simpler background from what I could capture in the original image.

Wolverine captured in Finland.

Wolverine captured in Finland.

The jewelry design inspired by the image and as you can see it is very similar to what I captured in my camera. I actually did not make to much changes, I just changed the animal climbing pose a bit, cleaned a few distracting branches and added some aesthetic elements.

The jewelry design inspired by the image and as you can see it is very similar to what I captured in my camera.
I actually did not make to much changes, I just changed the animal climbing pose a bit, cleaned a few distracting branches and added some aesthetic elements.

For this design that I call “African sunset”, I have used my imagination and did not base it on any particular picture I took. The principles that guide my photography and designing are all here: simplicity, story telling, sense of place… and the beauty in jewelry design is that there is no limits to what I can create even if I did not capture the photo I was dreaming about while being in the field.

For this design that I call “African sunset”, I have used my imagination and did not base it on any particular picture I took.
The principles that guide my photography and designing are all here: simplicity, story telling, sense of place… and the beauty in jewelry design is that there is no limits to what I can create even if I did not capture the photo I was dreaming about while being in the field.