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Christian NerdrumINTRO - Norwegian hot-shot Christian Nerdrum always sets our editorial pulses racing with his highly textured and exquisitely composed images of the Hardangavidda hardcore wakestyle heroes. For his personal riding, he'd rather be where the action requires a large portion of bronzing oil instead of a spare set of thermal undercrackers. We're glad he likes shooting in the snow, though. Here's a fine array of his work

This is me riding a motorbike in Vietnam, trying to be a bit creative at the same time 
This is me riding a motorbike in Vietnam, trying to be a bit creative at the same time
Heavy-duty sunset at Klitm?ller in Denmark. Andre Natland making the climb after an epic session 
Heavy-duty sunset at Klitm?ller in Denmark. Andre Natland making the climb after an epic session
Moroccan surfer, Fattah Ahlamara, bottom turning at his local spot 
Moroccan surfer, Fattah Ahlamara, bottom turning at his local spot
Andre Natland and Sigve Botnen in the Brazilian sunset. We had just been held up at gunpoint and robbed and needed some peace 
Andre Natland and Sigve Botnen in the Brazilian sunset. We had just been held up at gunpoint and robbed and needed some peace
I had just got a water-housing for my Canon G9 and was rarely out of the water on this trip to the Maldives. Alexandre Grilo from Portugal showing us how to duck dive 
I had just got a water-housing for my Canon G9 and was rarely out of the water on this trip to the Maldives. Alexandre Grilo from Portugal showing us how to duck dive
There was barely any wind at all, but Ozone rider, Sigve Botnen, ripped like always. He jumped this fence in Denmark that I still haven't figured out the purpose of 
There was barely any wind at all, but Ozone rider, Sigve Botnen, ripped like always. He jumped this fence in Denmark that I still haven't figured out the purpose of
A low winter sun provided an obvious subject for shooting Remi Meum's white spray 
A low winter sun provided an obvious subject for shooting Remi Meum's white spray
Claes Lundin getting a nice effect in the winter night at the Hardangervidda... although he did kill my poor flash dug down in the snow 
Claes Lundin getting a nice effect in the winter night at the Hardangervidda... although he did kill my poor flash dug down in the snow
Sigve Botnen again on a sunny spring day on the Hardangervidda tweaking a nice indy glide. Easy shot to take, but doesn't it makes you want to snowkite? 
Sigve Botnen again on a sunny spring day on the Hardangervidda tweaking a nice indy glide. Easy shot to take, but doesn't it makes you want to snowkite?
This shot of Sigve Botnen doing a back-to-blind in the nice summer weather was taken right outside Remi Meum's home at Aasgardstrand in Oslofjorden, Norway. The setting was a bit hopeless, but I laid down with the lens close to the water with an f-stop 2. 
This shot of Sigve Botnen doing a back-to-blind in the nice summer weather was taken right outside Remi Meum's home at Aasgardstrand in Oslofjorden, Norway. The setting was a bit hopeless, but I laid down with the lens close to the water with an f-stop 2.
The fearless Dutch Ozone rider, Lex Dekker, has some sick tweaks on his nuclear-glides. A couple of months after this shoot on Cape Verde Lex broke his neck. He is back now, riding like nothing ever happened. This spot was full of tiger sharks... we heard 
The fearless Dutch Ozone rider, Lex Dekker, has some sick tweaks on his nuclear-glides. A couple of months after this shoot on Cape Verde Lex broke his neck. He is back now, riding like nothing ever happened. This spot was full of tiger sharks... we heard
I get spoilt when I shoot Bertrand Fleury - he's made me picky. He knows what looks good and makes sure everything to do with his riding has the right style 
I get spoilt when I shoot Bertrand Fleury - he's made me picky. He knows what looks good and makes sure everything to do with his riding has the right style
This picture of Mike Blomvall and the fisherman in Coche is one of my favourites. This sort of setting doesn't happen too often. It made my adrenaline rush and I remember thinking, ?This is different... please keep on fishing... please jump right there Mi 
This picture of Mike Blomvall and the fisherman in Coche is one of my favourites. This sort of setting doesn't happen too often. It made my adrenaline rush and I remember thinking, ?This is different... please keep on fishing... please jump right there Mi
This is probably the most random snapshot I've ever taken. Wakeboarder Egil Furre is riding in the background and suddenly this duck shows up right in front of my lens! I laughed so much 
This is probably the most random snapshot I've ever taken. Wakeboarder Egil Furre is riding in the background and suddenly this duck shows up right in front of my lens! I laughed so much

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the suburbs outside Oslo, the capital of Norway.
Where do you live?
I still live in Oslo, closer to the centre.
How old are you?
33

What was your first camera?

It was my dad's fully manual Mamiya camera. It taught me about photography in the good old way.

What is your current camera set-up?

It is a Canon 30D, though I am updating to a 5D that I can do HD filming with as well pretty soon.
Lenses: EF 50 mm f1.4, 70 - 200 EF 2.8, 16-35 EF 2.8 and a Canon Speedlite 580 ex flash and radiotransmitters for that.
I also use a compact-camera Canon G9
How did you get into photography?
Not sure if I remember. It just built up slowly me. That old camera from dad got me going with gave enough confidence to see my own potential as a photograper.

When did you become a professional photographer?

I donīt feel like a professional photographer, though maybe I could have been. I have been working in actionsports magazines for six years now, and currently for a Norwegian mag called Fri Flyt. That both motivates and inspires me. Guess it makes me look at kiting with a slightly different eye.

When did you get into shooting kiting and how did it come about?

I actually think filming kiting came before the photography. My carrier started slowly when I was learning how to kite with the pros on Maui in 2000. My first good kite picture was of Robby Naish in Sweeden 2002, I think.

Can you remember the first shot you got published?

Actually I can't! Haha...
Which is your favourite ever shot?
Could be the one of Mike Blomvall in Coche, Venezuela. A fisherman showed up at the beach with his boat, pulling fish as the pelicans dived, swam and flew around him. Mike was the only person on the water, doing his thing. The picture was shot on a shitty lens in pretty bad light, but I still love that shot.

Who is your favourite rider to shoot with and why?

It depends. Sometimes it's a dream to shoot Sigve Botnen. He does exactly what I want him to do - or at least he tries. Bertrand Fleury is also very good to shoot. with. He has a lot of good opinions and keeps me sharp and focused on style and precision.
Where is your favourite place to shoot and why?
Not sure if I found that place yet. I like the variation and I'm never happy to copy my own material or that of others. When it is possible I prefer to take in the background or understated subjects into the picture that can help build the story. I like to make it clean, but there is a fine balance between including too much information and making it too clean and flat again.

Where is the most terrifying place you've ever shot?

It can be terrifying on Hardangervidda. Haha. Sometimes that place just gives nothing back. But iit can also be very beatiful.
Do you have any advice for aspiring kiting photographers?
Try to find a perspective. Always get the water in the picture, and if you can include the take-off, that's good. Make a good plan together with your friend for your shot, and choose the right lens. Donīt focus too much on getting the kite in the picture in the beginning. Start there, and you will probably get some nice shots.


Added: 2008-12-09

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