We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristine Boel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristine, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking for me is equal to live a full life. Without risks there is no evolution. It’s all about trial and errors and figuring out what makes sense, and more importantly, what doesn’t . Life is a journey where you have to put you self at risk, every day. There is a risk of just getting out of bed… but even more NOT getting out of bed. Taking a risk involves a bit of consideration… such as… What would the worst be? Would I recover if I fail? Most often the answer is yes! Most often the result is you become more clear, wiser and empowered. I love taking risk, so much it’s my way of navigating through life and work. Without taking a risk I can’t see clear. I have to go out, in unknown territory, explore, try, taste, feel, hear, sense…. Then I SEE, Then I LIVE!
Taking a risk has definitely leaded me in my place in life and with my work. Without having taken a risk by moving abroad, I would probably still lived in Denmark and pursued a career that was expected off me, but not enjoyed by me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m proud of listening to my inner voice and going by my gut feeling. I’m proud of having an inner calm voice, nurturing positivity and encouraging me in finding my way in life and my work. It took a bit of time for me, to arrive in that mindset. I think I was around 29/30 years old when something clicked. Maybe it was becoming a mum and focus and priorities shifted, maybe it was an age thing, maybe it was therapy, or maybe it was picking up that camera for good and just shooting what made my heart full? Maybe it was the combination? Who knows? But I’m grateful I came there and I’m protective of keeping it. So through my art I’m getting my outlet of feelings and emotions… I tend to bottle up, but this is my way of expressing myself. The work is not directly related to whatever I’m feeling in that moment, it’s more like general mind and soul cleanse for me.
I wan’t the world to know about me, that whoever you are, you can come to me, being listen too, being respected and being yourself. I wan’t my subjects to feel seen and empowered to show up as themself. The world has become a place where it seems like a competition of who is right and who is wrong. I don’t believe in one way is the way. My childhood wasn’t the easiest, having close family members struggle with mental health issues and being a kid within their world wasn’t easy. It rubbed off, it dictated many years of my life. I acknowledge mental health is not a given, but it’s something we all have the power to nurture, including myself!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Considering I moved to LA right before the pandemic, I’m still finding my way around the city. But my top favorite places would be:
Kenneth Hahn Park – For its beautiful hikes, through changing nature, flora and lots of hidden trails.
Stoneview Nature Center – For the little ones. It’s a beautiful mini version of a botanical garden. Lots of activities for kiddos and the cutes little bunnies roaming around freely.
El Matador Beach – For it’s breathtaking rocks. Go at sunrise to beat the crowd.
Topanga Beach – Forit’s driftwood and 70’s vibe. It seems like a lazy surfers heaven!
Westfield in Century City – beautiful outdoor shopping center with every single store you need to shop in.
Malibu – For it’s beautiful beaches, cute restaurants, hidden boutiques and plazas. It’s a place that takes some exploration and I’m definitely not even started.
The Santa Monica mountains – Go there around sunset, the light and those mountains a dreamy. Pair your visit with a horseback ride!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family and friends for always believing in my potential and supporting my dreams. Also a huge shoutout to all the families I have captured on my journey within photography, without them I wouldn’t have enjoyed this work and followed my heart.
Rebecca Poor, Camilla Hansen, Nicole Becker, Amanda Halligan