On World Photography Day, National Geographic Traveller India kicks off a new monthly series that celebrates travel photography in all its glory. Titled NGTI Raw File, this series spotlights the craft of photographers, who bring us all those wallpaper-worthy shots. Every month, an accomplished photographer will share a signature photo with us, and give us a rare peek into a special story behind that picture.
In our inaugural dispatch, we catch up with Danish photographer Søren Solkær, known for his professional portraits of artists such as Arctic Monkeys, U2, Adele, Amy Winehouse and David Lynch and evocative travel frames.
IN FOCUS: For the last five years, Solkær’s directed his passion towards a vignette of images that capture a flock of starlings, taking flight over a stream at the border of Denmark and Germany. This project, Black Sun, is a culmination of his encounters with the birds’ murmurations, wherein thousands of starlings swarm together conjuring waves of interference or calligraphic brushstrokes, come migration season. Solkær scoped out his childhood landscapes for this series, especially the marshlands of Southern Denmark and also photographed these formations in The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy and Great Britain.
SIGNATURE SHOT: This shot was taken in March 2019 at Hassberger See, on the border between Denmark and Germany.
Prannay Pathak dreams about living out of a suitcase and retiring to the island of Hamneskär to watch films in solitary confinement. He is Assistant Editor (Digital) at National Geographic Traveller India.