And so our story with Nanna Navntoft begins. Taking up photography to add visuals to her written work, Danish Canon Ambassador approaches storytelling from a holistic perspective to fully immerse herself into the human experience.
“I was working for the Danish newspaper Politiken. Thomas Borberg [Politiken Photo Editor-in-Chief] had invited me to do an internship there and I was thrilled. I had taken a BA in Geography and Communications, but when I finished, I wasn't sure what to do. So I took a course in photography, as I realised that I could photograph what I was writing about to help visualise it differently. This inspired me, and I applied for the School of Media and Journalism. I love to research things and build an understanding of people. This is what lead me to my internship at Politiken, which I loved. Thomas sent me to great places and trusted me with different assignments.
One of my last assignments as an intern was to take portraits of Puk Damsgård, a Danish Middle-East correspondent based in Cairo. She had already done the interview, and I had one day with her to capture the images. I asked her what her favourite place was, and she replied ‘the desert’. When we arrived, two men approached us and said: "Sorry, it's not going to happen. The desert is closed. Come back tomorrow". You can imagine the surprise on our faces. What did they mean, how can the desert be closed? I was flying back in the morning and we only had this day to take the picture that would bind the whole feature together. There were no fences and the was desert right in front of us, stretching as far as our eyes could see.