Tommy Simonsen

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Languages

English

Countries visited

Antarctica, Argentina, Chile, Ethiopia, Greenland, Indonesia, Iceland, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Madagascar, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, Uganda, Viet Nam

Tommy Simonsen (45) has been working with travel and documentary / landscape photography professionally since 1998, and portrait photography since 1992. He`s living in the heart of Northern Norway, in the city of Harstad. An active outdoor person since childhood, with system camera with him in the field since 1990. For 10 years Tommy worked as a photographer for Northern Norway's largest publishing company, To-Foto. A job that gave him local knowledge of most of the exciting parts of the northern region, but also Greenland, Iceland and Antarctica. His pictures were used mainly in book productions: books on Lofoten, North Cape, The Norwegian Costal Liner and many more. In 1999 he was sent to a new location to take pictures for his first time, a mission that turned out to be a real turning point in his career: - he was totally in love! In love with the beautiful and dramatic scenery on the last outpost in the north, the archipelago of Svalbard at 78 degrees north. This was the start of many journeys to Svalbard. Those travels ended in a book and a booklet about this Arctic archipelago. The productions were of course not the end of his northbound trips. In 2006 he took a year of leave from the publishing company, to work as a dog handler and guide for Svalbard Villmarkssenter. Here he worked in the field with more than 100 huskies. The camera was of course with him all the time. That year affirmed clearly his love for this scenic landscape and people of the north. Tommy went back to his old job in 2007, he continued to focus on Northern Norway, Antarctica and Svalbard of course. In 2008 he started a new job as photo teacher at Soltun Folkhighschool, a newly founded course that he developed. Not an ordinary photo class, but a one-year photography course, which specialized in travel and expedition photography: Backpack Photo. As the only teacher in class with small groups of no more than 11 students, he did northern Norway and Svalbard to their classroom with practical field courses from August to February. After Christmas the class started on it`s expedition wich the students themselves had chosen and planned parallel to the education. A five to six weeks long exotic field expedition, who went deep into the culture of the country that was selected. New places each year. This has taken him to Central America, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Patagonia, Antarctica, Kenya, Uganda, Laos, Vietnam, Madagascar, Indonesia and Singapore the last seven years. All this experience has given him one of three places in the qualifying examination board for photograph students in Troms county. From summer of 2015 he starts up again full time as a photographer at his business Kvitebjørn Foto (White bear Photography) and as a photo workshop guide In collaboration with Lofoten Tours (Stian Klo and Arild Heitmann). Life is Good!

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