The beautiful light of the North – Landscapes in unique photographic portraits

The Northern countries are one of a kind: raw, rugged, unapproachable, and with a pristine beauty at the same time. German-born photographer Jan Erik Waider has been fascinated by the magic of the North since early on. Like no other, he captures this enchantment with his photography.

Jan Erik Waider loves the cold and the winter of his chosen home, Iceland, when the towering waves created by the storms cover the horizon. He knows the North; he knows how to handle this weather. He has portrayed these landscapes in countless pictures: coasts, mountains, glaciers far away from civilization.

None of these come even close to the stereotypical photos we see in travel guides, and yet, they are unmistakably symbols of the North. Jan Erik Waider takes his time for his motifs. The landscapes invite you to pause and wait for that perfect moment, when the light wraps the area in a whole new cover. These special, almost surreal lighting situations make up the central theme of his work.

His view on the landscape always represents his personal interpretation of the area, and the photos are developed in a careful and discreet process. Jan Erik Waider’s photography shows the Nordic countries as they are: natural, undisguised, real, and of a raw beauty.

Clients

Jan Erik Waider’s national and international clients have one thing in common, no matter what branch they are in: They are looking for real and unconsumed images that show their brand as unique as they are – that certain something extra that sets them apart.

Abstract wallpaper series for the HTC One M9 Android smartphone

Abstract wallpaper series for the 'HTC One M9' Android smartphone

Photo for the poster of the Vikings Live exhibition of the British Museum

Photo for the poster of the 'Vikings Live' exhibition at the British Museum, London

Huge print for the AETHER Apparel Store in New York

Huge print for the AETHER Apparel Store in New York, NY

Abstract wallpaper series for the HTC One M9 Android smartphone

Abstract wallpaper series for the 'HTC One M9' Android smartphone

Abstract wallpaper series for the HTC One M9 Android smartphone

Abstract wallpaper series for the 'HTC One M9' Android smartphone

Photo for the poster of the Vikings Live exhibition of the British Museum

Photo for the poster of the 'Vikings Live' exhibition at the British Museum, London

Huge print for the AETHER Apparel Store in New York

Huge print for the AETHER Apparel Store in New York, NY

Abstract wallpaper series for the HTC One M9 Android smartphone

Abstract wallpaper series for the 'HTC One M9' Android smartphone

"When working with Jan, he understands the moody landscapes and aspirational travel stories we like to tell. His images capture the atmospheric wanderlust of our brand"

— Leslie Casanova
Aether Apparel, California

Winter road in Iceland
ICELAND
Greenlandic icebergs in fog
GREENLAND
Reflections in a lake in Norway
SCANDINAVIA
Winter road in Iceland
ICELAND
Greenlandic icebergs in fog
GREENLAND
Reflections in a lake in Norway
SCANDINAVIA

Press & Publications

Jan Erik Waider’s landscape photographs have been published in countless magazines and have been recognized by international critics.

JULY 20, 2015
Selected works now available for licensing on "Getty Images"

Starting now, you can license a selection of my photos from Iceland, Greenland or Norway through Getty Images, the world's leading photo agency. For other licensing inquiries, please contact me.

Newsletter

You will receive information about new projects, exhibitions and publications in irregular intervals.

Bridge over Jokulsa River in Iceland

Winter Memories of Iceland

It has been almost six month now since I returned home from a Winter Wonderland called Iceland but all the pictures and stories in my head feel as if it were yesterday… I would like to share some of these memories with you and since pictures speak louder than words, I am leaving you with a commented version of my most favorite shots from my eight exciting weeks on Iceland during December 2015 and January 2015 ...

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Greenland in Black and White

Greenland in Black and White

It has always been a dream of mine to visit the Arctic someday, since I’m totally in love with Iceland and my travels almost always take me northward. (Usually just not that far north…) I’m a big fan of winter with its unpredictable weather and the magical snow-covered landscapes. I like to be out in nature when most are happy to sit inside with a warm cup of tea in their hands. I finally invested the money in a plane ticket ...

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Contact me

Are you planning a photo project? Or would you like to obtain a license or buy a fine art print of my work? I would love to hear from you! The best way to contact me is via e-mail:

mail@northlandscapes.com

NORTHLANDSCAPES - Jan Erik Waider
Hauptstr. 45, 64839 Münster (near Frankfurt), GERMANY
Phone: +49 160 5726058

Iceland - Evening Sun

Photo from the series
Colors of Iceland

Icebergs in Greenland

Photo from the series
Arctic Dawn

Cliffs and Birds on the Faroe Islands

Photo from the series
The Faroe Islands

Quote by Jan Erik Waider

"When the wind is the only thing I hear and the deserted landscapes extend to the faraway horizon, it’s then I most strongly feel the uniqueness of the North."