Alsted loves those life-long moments you remeber with friends
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 January, 2016 - Peter Alsted is a photographer and filmmaker based in Denmark, in an area known as Cold Hawaii in the northern part of Denmark. He's currently working on a couple of documentary films, one of them about the Danish SUP-surfer Casper Steinfath aka the Viking and he also shoots pictures for a local surf and clothing brand - Klitmøller Collective.
His background is an MA in Media Science from the University of Copenhagen, and he's directed, filmed and produced various videos for web for different clients, commercially and for non-profit. Peter was also the cinematographer on the documentary film LAAMB from 2014. Previously, he worked as a camera assistant on commercials, shorts and feature films and has also published the novel Sorte Scener and a number of short stories and children’s books as well.
Where are you from and what you shoot with?
I’m from Denmark, Scandinavia and I’m currently based in a small fishing village called Klitmøller with the best surf Denmark has to offer. It’s a freaking beautiful place, but if you come don’t forget a thick wetsuit. I shoot with Canon gear in Essex water housings, topmounted with a GoPro 4 Black ed.
How did surf photography start for you?
To me, it’s all about those moments with your friends you remember forever, when you’re just playing. Whether it’s in the snow, the water, the waves, on the asphalt, playing games and simply having fun. I always wanted to capture those precious moments in life. Surfing’s just one of many of those playing fields.
Share with us something that most people don’t know about surf photography
Every once in a while, you have to stay immersed in water up to your chin, for a long period of time. But you actually have to rest your body from the salt. Otherwise, the water will start to break down your skin.
Tell us about that one time you almost died, on a surf trip or in the water
I haven’t had a close encounter with death, so far. But I’ve been caught inside plenty of times, been thrusted onto numerous razorsharp reefs, and I’ve been headbuttet by both spinning surfboards and my camera housing, with forehead-bleeding results.
Name one image you saw that changed the way you approach photography
Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s picture of Christ the Redeemer atop of Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, from his ‘The Earth From Above.’ It symbolizes what photography is to me; going on adventure into the unknown and discovering the world way out there.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s picture of Christ the Redeemer © Yann Arthus-Bertrand