There are a lot of things that we are drawn to in life. We are drawn to beauty; in humans, in nature, in the little things. Aspects like these are the reason for this story, where Cecilie Harris headed back to her homeland of Norway to capture the extraordinary Jakob Landvik (now at Heartbreak Models) in the beautiful environment that the country has to offer. It's the serenity of a peaceful place like this that you can't trade for anything, and because it is so extra special we had to share a few outtakes from Jakob's "Lessons" editorial for you all, as well as a little interview and video. We recently gave you a sneak preview of the eight page story that is featured in the Boys by Girls fifth issue, which tells you a little bit more about the inspiration behind the shoot.
Jakob Landvik may be a young one, but he has a shining future ahead of him. As a photographer himself, Jakob enjoys beong behind the lens just as much as in front of it. Below, he tells us a little bit about what life has been like growing up in Norway, and, as the story goes, some Lessons that he has learned along the way. Purchase your own copy of "Lessons" here.
What is it like to grow up in Norway?
I've experienced Norway in a lot of different ways. It's a very small country, where a lot of people know each other, but still people can be very far apart. I've been in different environments, and experienced different reactions on different things. I've been very lucky, having come out as a gay teen, I've had very supportive parents and great friends that have always been there for me.
You get to see yourself and others in many ways, growing up in an internet generation, which our parents didn't grow up with for example. I think it puts more focus on how people see you from the outside, which can sometimes be a bit difficult, but also quite nice. For example how we met, without the internet you wouldn't have found me. I think there are both positive and negatives with growing up now. Maybe things were easier before. Or maybe not, I'm not sure. I think in these days it's easy to get insecure, as you're so exposed to the world around you. And you have so many choices, which is lovely cause you can choose what you want to do.
Have you made any difficult choices?
I dropped out of school and started to study at a photography school.
What lessons have you learned so far?
That it's important to be focused on what you are doing. And complete things, even if I haven't always done that.
What goals have you set yourself at the moment?
Right now I'm focused on my studies. I have a lot of dreams and things I want to achieve. I also feel that it's important to take things a little bit as they come and don't plan too much. I think it's important to live in the now and not just live for the future as well.
What are your favourite things in the world?
I love taking pictures. I love being with my boyfriend and with my friends.
Words by Justine Hyde-Mobbs.