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An Adventure Through the Lens

Production year: 2016 | 1*52 | Genres: Factual - News, Lifestyle / Travel, Nature
Audun Rikardsen still has the urge to take pictures that no one has ever seen the likes of.
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Et eventyr gjennom linsa
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: HD

He is a world class nature photographer. Audun Rikardsen still has the urge to take pictures that no one has ever seen the likes of. And he wins awards all over the world. In this programme, we join him in his work with the photographs. We get to see his creative solutions which result in spectacular encounters with whales, sea eagles - and a bride and groom face a crazy challenge.

In order to make a good photograph, you have to be playful and pursue your interests. This will provide you with knowledge about the  motif, and enable you to be at the right spot at the right time, Audun tells us.

In his boyhood he loved to go fishing in small rivers, build nesting boxes, and go hiking with his parents. He retained his interest in nature, and  today he is a professor of biology at The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. He is a grown man, but every time he gets a new idea for a photo, he is like a kid stealing apples. Full of energy, with sparkling eyes, and with an eternally optimistic faith in his project.

The motifs of his pictures are often found right outside his entrance door. In the programme, he swims with killer whales, and gets so close to them that he has to call out for help. He attaches a camera to the back of a whale, causing it to film its own journey through the waters. He also installs a camera inside a cod's belly, with the intention of luring the sea  eagle to fly with the cod in its claws - thereby filming itself in the air.

Audun sets goals for himself that are extremely technically ambitious, and which also involve wild animals. He is never sure he will succeed, but he has a strong will and great endurance.

The last few years he has specialized in photos taken right in the middle of the ocean's surface, thereby showing what's going on above as well as below the surface.  -  I was ten years old when I got my first diving mask. Since then, I have always been fascinated by the tiny millimetre dividing two entirely different worlds, Audun relates in the programme.

Several people have been fascinated by Audun's so-called split  photographs. Last year he won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition with a photo series. The award was presented to him at the  Natural History Museum in London. Among all the prizes Audun has won, this was the most distinguished one. -  It's like winning the nature photographers' Oscar.  And I have of course submitted photos for this year's competition as well, Audun informs us.
 

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