December 15, 2016

10 Questions: Konsta Punkka

Konsta Punkka is a Finnish nature photographer.

  1. How do you start your days?

Depends on the day really, whether I’m going to go shooting or staying in the office. If I have a photography trip ahead, I plan my route and get my gear ready. Most days begin with coffee.

  1. How did you get into photography?

I got bored with music, which is what I used to do, and started photographing my friends’ skateboarding and bands. I ended up liking photography more than music; you could say I went mad over it. This happened about six years ago.

  1. Which one of your shots is your favourite?

The first close-ups of foxes. After having worked long and hard, managing to get so close to them was an incredible feeling. The photos were shot in Eastern and Southern Finland.

  1. What do you think makes a perfect photograph?

I believe that an animal shot needs good light and the right kind of weather that’s preferably somehow a little different: snowing, raining or strange light. Secondly, the background and the location matter, and thirdly, it’s important to be able to convey the emotion and calmness of the animal. When these three things can be put together, the photo tends to be good.

  1. What is the best kind of feedback a nature photographer can get?

It’s always great when photos are appreciated. The best thing about nature photography is when someone sees something new and different in them and is able to sense some emotions in the animal. That is what I want to capture in my photos.

  1. What are your favourite things about the Finnish nature?

Cold weather, rugged lands, and the fact that you can go anywhere. Everyman’s rights are the most amazing thing.

  1. What animal do you dream of shooting (with your camera) that you haven’t yet?

Soon I’ll be focusing on photographing a lynx, and another dream is to shoot wolves.

  1. What did you want to become as a child?

At the time it’s probably been about music, so a musician, and maybe a chef or one of the traditional dream jobs little boys have.

  1. Do you ever go anywhere without your camera – and if so, where?

[Laughs] Well, normally I don’t. In the centre of Helsinki I go to the office, or if I go see friends I don’t have the camera on me, but everywhere else it’s pretty much always with me.

  1. How do you relax?

By watching films and going to the sauna. I also enjoy being in places without Internet connection, as it helps keeping work off my mind.

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