When our project started, I was thinking; if there is any place to photograph in Scandinavia, it has to be the sea in the outpost of Skagen, at the very north of Denmark.

This part of Scandinavia is fantastic. Sand, sand, sand in kilometers and miles of coast. The two seas Kattegat and Skagerak meet here; you can have a foot in each of the two oceans if you dare. The strong current is deadly if you swim here.

I find myself searching for photos on the beach. I’m getting close to 200 seagulls. Can they make my day? No, they are too careful and fly away – although I sneak and hide like my 7 year old daughter Alma.

Cartier Bresson traveled with a Leica and a 50 mm around the world. I wish to do so too, but I found a modern solution. My main camera is a Canon Mark II with a 50 mm 1,4. The reserve camera is the same but with a 35 mm 1,4.

I  set my camera in an black and white mood. I have increased the contrast by 3 steps. I think that it can compare to paper 4 if you like to print yourself. This is how I really like to understand and read  a photo. I have a RAW colour file if I doubt myself, and read it again. I underexpose 1 step too.

The sea in the outpost of Skagen. Joakim Roos. June 2012.

The ocean and waves are keeping my time at “Grenen” were the two oceans meet. The wind is strong and wild geese are going. There is a tractor with a sledge passing me on the beach, with tourists. In the distance I can see a wedding couple getting out. I’m 200 meters away, I start running. I feel like a press-photographer, running after the perfect picture. Although I have all the time in the world.

Good thing I like running. I get there just in time, throw myself in the sand, and starting shooting. Lying on my back, taking pictures of them, I say. “This is Joakim Roos from ‘The Moment Agency'”

Good thing they had humor.

-Joakim Roos

P.s The smallest bird in Sweden, the Goldcrest, pass this ocean every year, going to Africa and warm weather. They live deep in the forest high up in the trees, that’s why you seldom see them. When they decide to leave they throw themselves out in the wind. As there weight is only 5-6 grams they just follow the wind towards Denmark or Germany, over the ocean. many of them do not make it and drown in Skagerak. Exacly half of them stay in Sweden though, if there is a strong winter they freeze to death in Sweden. When summer comes back, the living birds come back from Africa. Saving the bird to survive in Scandinavia for another year.