Behind the Project: Atmosphere Overload

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on that were especially admired in our community. This time, we spoke to Mikko Lagerstedt, a Finnish photographer who created an intensely evocative series of photos called “Atmosphere.”   A Graphic Design who taught himself photography on the side, Lagerstedt put this set together to attempt to capture and convey a specific feeling to their viewer. 

What was your inspiration for this project?
This was a non-commercial project. I was looking through my photographs from 2011 and I saw something in common to them all – atmosphere. That’s where I got the idea. Inspiration for my photography comes from everyday life; I love to wander in nature and in the streets and capture what I see and feel. I always try to find a way to bring the atmosphere through my pictures to the viewers of my pictures.

Did you expect it to be as popular as it’s been on The Behance Network?
I didn’t expect anything from this project. I have had lot of comments in my past projects but I was not waiting to get so much appreciation. I’m still quite astounded by the amount of comments on my work. Thank you all!

Did you go through many versions and iterations before coming up with these final pieces?
It was hard to pick the photos for this project. I edited the collection about five times before I thought it was ready. There’s always a certain uncertainty when you think your project is ready and you wait for the feedback. It’s always good to ask for feedback first – my girlfriend is always the person I go to first.

Do you feel that this project is “done,” or is there anything you’d like to improve on or change in the future?
Sure, there is always something that you can do better. I would love to make my future projects more whole, including deeper storytelling. It’s quite hard to create a project that will be popular. I’ve had lots of luck to get as many views I have gotten.

Did anything interesting happen as a result of the success of this project?
I’ve had couple of job opportunities through this project which I think I wouldn’t have gotten without this success. Many blogs have been interested in my work. It’s been awesome!