The beautiful light of the North – Landscapes in unique photographic portraits by Jan Erik Waider

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

Large-format print for the AETHER Apparel Store in New York, NY

Large-format 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

Large-format print for the AETHER Apparel Store in New York, NY

Large-format 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, Los Angeles, USA

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

Photography Services

Landscape, travel and nature photography for magazines, tourism and travel organisations, publishing houses and companies with specific need for Nordic imagery.

  • Professional organization, project management and administration
  • Contract management, obtaining all necessary licenses, usage rights and buyouts
  • Valuable local contacts with regional knowledge (esp. Iceland, Norway & Greenland)
  • Location scouting for film and television projects
  • Professional photo editing and retouching
  • Photographic workshops and photo tours for small groups or individuals

Contact information

Press & Features

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

AUGUST, 2015
Featured in ‘Super-Modified’ – The Behance Book of Creative Work

The recently published art and photography book Super-Modified: The Behance Book of Creative Works portrays selected works with innovative design and aesthetic approaches in its 18 chapters. Included is my photo series “Ice Textures” with images of abstract glacier formations.

Contact & Booking

Are you planning a photo project? Or would you like to obtain a license or buy a print? I would love to hear from you!

mail@northlandscapes.com

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

Sun after the rain - Iceland

Photo from the series
Colors of Iceland

Icebergs in fog - Greenland

Photo from the series
Icebergs in Fog

Morning fog over lake - Norway

Photo from the series
Morning Fog

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."

Newsletter

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