Photographer Spotlight: Jonathan Hokklo

Photographer Jonathan Hokklo has a passion for Polaroids and prefers "flowy" daylight.

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Jonathan Hokklo
Photographer Jonathan Hokklo planned to become an architect before discovering a hidden talent for digital media and photography."After attending a photo class I ended up photographing some pretty amazing houses in Christiani, a little community in the middle off Copenhagen," says Hokklo. "I think that planted the seed for my future professional career."
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His images -- at once playful and mysterious -- generally feature natural lighting and candid, quirky postures.
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While he primarily works in digital photography, Hokklo claims a lifelong passion for Polaroid film. "There was a series of Polaroids in a red book from the '50s that I found in a library in Sweden shot by Carlo Mollino," he explains. "Since then, I've been obsessed with my Polaroid 600 SE."
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Hokklo infuses all of his images with a kind of sleepy, otherworldly quality. "I like flowy daylight," says the photographer. "Dreamy and kinda of natural -- honest images. That's what I'm trying to create."
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They may be "honest," but Hokklo still manages to distort or twist reality through subtle means, gently employing imaging effects or peculiar details like this vintage-looking image of a woman in a fur coat, situated in a jarringly futuristic room.
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Indeed, bizarre props occasionally find their way onto his sets. "I was working on an editorial shot for a Chinese magazine, and on set we had a fake zebra -- which was actually a painted horse -- and a baby snow lion, and a baby snow leopard." This image isn't quite so exuberant, though Hokklo's subject is sporting some pretty outlandish cow-print chaps.
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Hokklo's fascination with unusual landscapes and settings is apparent throughout his portfolio, so it was no surprise when he revealed the location he's most eager to visit: "The Grand Canyon."
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