I met Mikkel on a trip earlier this year. He immediately seemed like a positive, happy-go-lucky kind of guy – the perfect dude to be on the road with!
The thing that got me stoked was his rooting in BMX, with an appreciation of the good old boys such as S&M, T1 and FBM. The guy knows what’s up, that’s for sure.
Since then I’ve been seeing some excellent photography by Mikkel and thought it only right that we give him some shine time on here. Check it.
– Above: Corey Walsh roasting a spanish ditch.
Full name: Mikkel Mogensen Age: 19 Occupation: Photographer Hometown: Odense, Denmark Living in: Málaga, Spain. Instagram: @mikkelmogensen
– How long have you been shooting photos and how did you get started?
“Around 2 to 3 years. I dropped out of school at 17 and went to study photography at a little academy for nearly two years where I learned more than I could have ever imagined.
It all started with a crew called ROAM66 where we all used to film and shoot photos with my friend Luke Jackson’s camera. Those were some good times, sadly everyone moved away or quit…”
– What’s going on in your life right now? What’s your normal day to day like?
“I’m waiting on knee surgery at the end of the week – I’ve had a broken ACL for the past two years which I finally decided to get fixed with some other knee issues but other than that I’m just riding and shooting as much as possible, trying to make the most of it!
“The simplicity, the light and the ‘feeling’ of the photo is usually what does it for me.”
My day to day is pretty simple, I try to get some work done and listen to music while it’s too hot, then in the afternoon/night I’ll try to shoot some photos and ride.”
– What’s your current setup – what gear could we find in your bag on a usual day?
“Current setup is a Canon 6D body, usually with a 85mm or 15mm fisheye lens and maybe a shitty flash here and then.”
– When it comes to photos, what grabs your interest? Is there a certain aesthetic you are striving for or do you prefer to figure it out as it happens?
“The simplicity, the light and the ‘feeling’ of the photo is usually what does it for me.
It depends on the day really, sometimes I’ll have an idea stuck in my head and then I can’t shoot anything other than that, but most of the time figuring it out in the moment works best for me.”
– Do you have a favourite kind of spot to shoot photos at, favourite tricks or favourite riders to photograph?
“I like anywhere that doesn’t look boring and plain. Favourite tricks are probably tables and tailwhips, they seem pretty photogenic.
“Living in Málaga has given me the opportunity to shoot with a lot of different people…”
Living in Málaga has given me the opportunity to shoot with a lot of different people from all over but Miguel Cuesta is definitely my favourite rider to shoot, so much style!”
– What drives your photography? What are you trying to capture?
“Being able to capture a certain moment of someone, a memory, a photo with a story behind it. That’s what I think it’s about.”
– Any shout outs?
“Robin Pearson for doing this article and anyone that’s ever been down for shooting, holding a flash and helping out! Oh and shout out to Málaga’s weather, haha.”
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