Some years ago, I started bringing a camera on my morning run – usually a small nineties film camera. Back then I was living in London and ran in Regent’s Park. Most mornings I would come home without having used the camera at all.
But occasionally, when a dust of snow, an autumn fog or a summer storm turned the park into a foreign landscape, I would shoot a whole roll of film. I learned to appreciate cloudy days and November mornings.
Later I swapped the film camera for an iPhone. I moved to Copenhagen and the Citadel became my new running track. It is a 15th century fortress, cobbled streets and tidy, red barracks nesting within the star shaped ramparts. For centuries a stroll on the ramparts has been a favourite pastime for Copenhageners.
There are always people on the ramparts: Soldiers on watch, tourists from the cruise ships and locals exercising, like myself. The views are beautiful and everyone seems to be taking photos – there must be a million smartphone photos from the Citadel.
I began photographing people from a distance. They look like miniature humans on the massive ramparts, tiny silhouettes against the sky. I like the winter most. I will be out before dawn and sometimes I will go for a walk when the sun is setting. The low light brings out the colours.
I enjoy the simplicity of the iPhone camera. Like the nineties point-and-shoot cameras it has a lot of limitations, but limitations force you to focus on the essentials: Choose your framing, get the light right and watch the figurines, as they move along the ramparts.
You wait and when the moment is there, you click.