Interview with Emilie Lundstrøm

Emilie Lundstrøm is Danish-born photographer and artist based in Rome, Italy. Her impressive artistic studies and world travels have lead her to discover and work with alternative mediums for photographic expression. She provides portrait photography for Rome Photography Workshop’s clients. Read more about Emilie here.

Photo by Hunter Simpson (2014).
How long have you lived in Rome?

I have lived 6 months in Rome. I visited here a lot as a small child with my my parents, and I discovered something special upon my return this time: I feel at home here.

Where are the top places you traveled and photographed in the world?

I have traveled and made projects extensively in India, in many different states. India’s colors and varieties of cultures make it one of my favorite places to shoot. The West Coast of California where ocean meets sky also belongs to my “top places”.

Who was your top influence / teacher of photography?

The Danish photographer Eva Merz made a big impression on me. Her meaningful encounters both with people and empty spaces all add up to create a photographic universe.

What is the trickiest part about doing photography in Rome?

Editing. The hardest part is to choose your story, which can require leaving good shots behind. Killing your darlings as it is called. It is important to choose the photos which catch the bigger story.

What is your favorite thing to shoot in Rome?  

The details: ancient walls and hidden alleyways, catching shadows of the past, grasping the echo this past casts on the present.

Who are favorite photographers?
Roni Horn, Uta Barth and Sophie Calle to name a few. All women who work with shape, light and story.
What are your go-to cameras ?

Leica is always great. I also work a lot with my Nikon Camera.

What time of day do you prefer to shoot?

The blue hour, the hour before the sun goes down, when the sky is light steel blue, giving places a stillness that is hard to capture at other times.

Are there any places or monuments in Rome that are harder than others to get good shots?
Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain are really hard to catch. The bright white stone and the continuous crowds of people make these places more difficult. It’s important to be there very early to get good photographs.
What should someone visiting Rome simply not miss?
Centrale Montemartini is a museum with classical sculpture set in a former Thermoelectric Centre. Ancient marble sculptures stand before the building’s dark, metal machines. This fascinating juxtaposition makes it one of my favorite places to go in the city.
Please share your personal favorite shot of Rome and why.
Photo by Emilie Lundstrøm
A partial facade of this building is simply left standing on via Giulia, through the windows you look up and see the sky. It’s a great example of Rome’s poetry and eccentricity.
Where can one see your photography?
I’m exhibiting my photographs at the Danish Aquarium, the Blue Planet Auditorium in Copenhagen. I’m currently working on a new Rome series I want to exhibit in Rome, but still looking for the right place. My work can be seen on my website:
Finally, where is your favorite place for gelato in Rome?
Gelateria Giolitti is my favorite gelato place in Rome.