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 & Work

Jan Erik Waider’s 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.

Winter fashion shoot for AETHER Apparel (Iceland, 2015)

Winter fashion shoot for AETHER Apparel (Iceland, 2015)

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

Abstract wallpaper series for the HTC One M9 Android smartphone

Abstract wallpaper series for the HTC One M9 Android smartphone

Winter fashion shoot for AETHER Apparel (Iceland, 2016)

Winter fashion shoot for AETHER Apparel (Iceland, 2016)

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

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

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

Abstract wallpaper series for the HTC One M9 Android smartphone

Abstract wallpaper series for the HTC One M9 Android smartphone

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

Large-format prints 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

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

Contact & Booking

Are you planning a photo shoot or would you like to obtain a license? I would love to hear from you!

mail@northlandscapes.com

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