Emerging Photographers: Frederik Trovatten

11th July 2018

We love learning about emerging photographers who are making a huge impact. We interviewed a group of inspirational fine art photographers, each with their own distinct style and desire to break the mould. Each artist’s work is surprising, varied and impossible to categorise. From different backgrounds and countries, all these photographers are exemplary in their field and already recognised as being hugely influential.

We wanted to know how they channel their creative energy, where they draw inspiration from, and what they hope to achieve. This week, we spoke with Frederik Trovatten. 

Can you tell us a bit about your practice and how you got started?

About 7 months I found out I wanted to pursue street photography. Before that, I never had an interest in photography, art, design or related fields. I actually use to play ice hockey and since I got out of school I’ve worked in digital marketing and entrepreneurship. Photography is very new to me and it's a really exciting journey.

What is your process like? What conditions do you like to work in?

I don’t have a process and I don’t have favorite conditions. The blessing that comes with doing street photography, is that you want to document the mundane everyday life. Whether that’s in a supermarket, on the street, around your block - any time of the day. In the beginning, I was chasing sunset and sunrises. While I still care about that, it’s my first priority. Usually, I just go out with my camera and no plan.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? What is your favorite subject?

I watched a lot of documentaries about photography and I started to invest more in photography books. The camera I own now is a Fujifilm x100f and if I can't take great photographs with that, a more expensive camera is not going to do anything for me. In terms of street photographers I like, one stands out and that's William Klein. His work is not very artsy, like many other street photographers. But William Klein's photos make you feel, you are there. In terms of my favorite subject, I like to photographs personalities in situations that make you feel something.

Do you have any rituals or do you like to be more fluid?

I live in Mexico City, so a couple of times I’ve had a Mezcal before I went out hehe. But it’s not really a ritual. For me to have a successful day on street, the most important thing is to be in a good mood and have a  positive spirit. 

What is it about the medium of photography that keeps you interested? Are you good at other artistic disciplines?

I haven’t really dabbled in other creatives fields such as art or design. But working in marketing agencies I’ve been apart of solving problems and coming up with creative solutions.

What did you want to do as a child?

First I wanted to play ice hockey and after that, I wanted to become a teacher. 

What do you hope to achieve in your professional career?

I want to do things that will make me proud and have a real impact.

How do you feel about the commercial side of the industry? How do you plan to navigate this?

I don’t expect to make money selling street photography. That’s just unrealistic. But I do think it’s possible to do commercial projects like fashion photography and workshops. 

Can you tell us about something you have coming up?

Right now I’m doing a '365 days of street photography' on my Instagram @trovatten.  I wrote about my project here and at the end of the year, I want to present do an exhibition in Mexico City presenting my photographs. If you want to see how I work, I friend of my just published a video of me on streets of Mexico with my camera.

Thanks Frederik!

If you want to see more of Frederik's work, you can do so on his Flickr and website at Trovatten.com.