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Mobile Photography & Art – ‘Intimate Interview’ with Cathrine Halsør from Son, Norway

Our fifty eighth interview in this new series of intimate interviews is with talented mobile photographer and artist Cathrine Halsør from Son, Norway. Halsør has a background in graphic design and fell in love with the creative world and discovered the possibilities of the innovative photo apps on her Apple iPhone 4 in 2012. She has since then exhibited her art in Italy, Portugal, France, Cyprus, USA, Canada and in Norway. Halsør has been awarded several Honorable Mentions in the Mobile Photography Awards, as well as the Mira Mobile Prize.  This is a remarkably creative and astutely finely crafted interview combined with a series of monumentally thrilling images. Enjoy!

To read the other published interviews in this series including artists, Adria Ellis, Rino Rossi, Mehmet Duyulmus, Alexis Rotella, Lou Ann Sanford Donahue, Irene Oleksiuk, Kerry Mitchell, Filiz Ak, Dale Botha, Lisa Mitchell, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Deborah McMillion, Rita Colantonio, Amy Ecenbarger, Jane Schultz, Anca Balaj, Joyce Harkin, Armineh Hovanesian, Kate Zari Roberts, Vicki Cooper, Peter Wilkin, Barbara Braman, Becky Menzies, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Sarah Bichachi, Michel Pretterklieber, Alon Goldsmith, Judy Lurie Whalberg, Andrea Bigiarni, Sean Hayes, Oola Cristina, Kathleen Magner-Rios, Linda Toki, Deb Field, Emilo Nadales, Lydia Cassatt, David Hayes, Jean Hutter, Frederic Deschênes, Mark Schnidman, Fatma Korkut, Fleur Schim, Rob Pearson-Wright, Dieter Gaebel, James Ellis, Marco P Prado, Jeronimo Sanz, Manuela Matos Monteiro, Bleu Chemiko, Manuela Basaldella, Stefania Piccioni, Luis Rodríguez , Marilisa Andriani (@mitrydate) Mayte Balcells (@artofmayte), Nicole Christophe, Jennifer Graham and myself, go here.

All images ©Cathrine Halsør

What was your childhood or earliest ambition?

I loved exploring nature and I loved animals. I had a dream of owning my own ranch with a dog, a cat and some horses. As a teenager I loved horses, but sadly I became allergic to animals, so the ranch dream never came true.

I was also very interested in arts and crafts. I loved creating things and doing work with my hands. And to this day that’s my passion.

First Recognition?

I remember I came 2nd in a skiing race when I was about 6 years old. The price was a silver spoon, and I’ve still got it.


First Job?

I started early earning my own money by delivering the local newspapers. I did that for a short period of time, quickly realising I wasn’t a morning person.

As a summer job, I also picked and sold strawberries (and ate a lot of them…)

Private or State school?

I went to state (public) school. We moved a lot when I was young, so I went to several schools.

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University or Work?

I moved from Norway to the UK and I got my Bachelor Degree in Communication Media at the University for the Creative Arts in Maidstone. After graduating I returned to Norway and started working freelance as a graphic designer.

Who was or still is your mentor?

Nature is my source of inspiration and has always been an important part of my life.

My brother has been a huge inspiration as well. He passed 9 years ago, and was the most kind and gentle young man I’ve ever known. And his humor still makes me smile when I think of him.

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How physically fit are you?

I’m not a going to the gym kind of woman, but I love spending time in nature and I can walk for hours exploring new places. I also do yoga, and Kundalini yoga has made a difference in my life. I also go ice bathing, if that falls into this category… I love swimming in the ocean all year around.

Ambition or talent: What matters more to success?

It all comes down to what you are interested in. If you are curious and interested in something, you want to learn, and then you practice and practice. I believe both talent and ambition are equally important, but success can be so many things, depending on how one define success.

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How politically committed are you?

I have a solid sense of what is right and wrong.

What would you like to own that you don’t currently possess?

I’m aiming for a simple life, so I try to be conscious about what to buy and own. I would have liked to own a cat, if I wasn’t allergic. ‘Owning a cat’ is probably not the right term, they are their own boss. I just think they are wonderful animals.

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What’s your biggest extravagance?

I have a traveling spirit inside and a deep love for books.

There’s so much inspiration in the experience of new places and other cultures. The traveling can also include exploring new areas nearby and even looking at familiar places with new eyes.

And I’m the kind of person that has 5 books waiting on my nightstand.

In what places are you happiest?

My happy-places are by the ocean or a lake. By a camp fire. In a hammock. In a kayak. In my garden with my morning coffee. On a journey, anywhere. I want to walk with beauty, and I try to capture the beauty I see in my surroundings. I also love driving in my car, with my favorite music playing loud, singing all by myself.

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What ambitions do you still have?

I have the ambition to enjoy life and to make my life meaningful. I always want to learn new things. I would also like to have more shows with my images and at the moment I’m creating a Mindfulness online course, related to photography.

What drives you on?

Inspiration, curiosity and optimism drives me on. Every day. Having had a chronic illness for many years, I need balance in my life. To create and to work, to have free time, to be with my girls, to explore, to play and have fun. The alchemy of everyday life.

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What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?

Raising my 3 daughters is by far the greatest achievement in my life. The youngest is now 18, and to see them all wander into the world and make their own wonderful choices and to see them happy, is the biggest blessing.

What do you find most irritating in other people?

Negativity and dishonesty. I like most people, but I do not want to use my time and energy with people that chooses negativity. There is so much to be joyful and thankful for. Life is too short to waste!

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If you 20 year old self could see you now, what would she think?

I hope she could acknowledge how I have tried to remain true to our values and have made the best out of the opportunities that came my way.

Which object that you’ve lost do you wish you still had?

I really don’t get attached to objects, so I can’t remember loosing anything specific.

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What is the greatest challenge of our time?

The migration and the climate Emergency – the planet is going through some rough times due to man’s greed.

Do you believe in an afterlife?

I believe in the Mystery. Not the traditional way religions teach. I believe all living things have an energy/soul that when our body dies, goes back to its destination.

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If you had to rate your satisfaction with your life so far, out of 10, what would you score?

It’s hard to score. My life has had many ups and downs over the years, but this is Life. Some days I would give it a solid 10 and some days it’s a 6 – leaving room for more amazing adventures.

Contact details for Cathrine Halsør

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