Joakim Hertze

End of year

It’s soon Christmas Eve, and my world is winding down. I always find myself in a pensive mood this time of year. The Holidays lend themselves well to taking stock of the year that has passed, I suppose. What went well and what didn’t? What would you like more of next year, and what would you like less of?

2022 was a tumultuous year for me, in a quiet way. I changed jobs and in a sense started my career over. I photographed a lot and I believe I’m finally getting closer to finding my voice there. I discovered the art of Swedish photographer Walter Hirsch, whose 35mm work from the seventies and eighties had a huge impact on me. That, together with rediscovering the Fujfilm X-system (with a six year old Fujifilm X-T2 and brand new Voigtländer lenses) has led me down a path of less technical perfection and more emotion and expression that I find thrilling. I can’t wait to see where it leads.

Here a few frames from Copenhagen, captured a short while ago with a Fujifilm X-T2 and a Voigtländer 23mm/1.2 lens.