My name is Casper Rolsted. I am a visual artist living in Roskilde, Denmark. Over the last few years I have specialized in timelapse and aerial photography. The goal of my work is to inspire people to follow their passion and to help them expand their consciousness to the beauty around them.
My passion for nature photography
I grew up close to nature in beautiful area with rivers, lakes, forest and wide open spaces. I used many hours in my childhood exploring the nature and today I often go there for regenerating both mentally and physically. For me it has been the perfect playground and I have never been tired of being there. Nature is always evolving and there are always new things to discover.
My interest for photography began already in my early teenage years with help from an old Petri SLR camera. I used many interesting hours with this hobby – first in the nature shooting landscapes and afterwards in the darkroom processing the photos. I clearly remember the distinct smell of chemicals in the darkroom and the excitement when the final images were reviled on paper in the chemical baths.
The interest for photography have followed me ever since. I even had the privileged to work a few years as engineer with development of digital camera backs for the Danish company Imacon (Today Imacon is merged with Hasselblad).
My first real experience with filmmaking came in the spring 2016 when I acquired a Sony a6300 mirrorless camera and a DJI Phantom 4 drone. Very fast I fell in love with the challenge of making timelapses and aerial photography. In the summer 2016 I drove from Denmark to the North Cape with the purpose of shooting footage for a few short films about the nature in Norway.
After finishing five successful short films with footage from my trip to the North Cape it was time for further explorations with my cameras. In 2017 I had the pleasure to visit both Cinque Terre and Sestri Levante in Italy and Norway in both spring and summer. Norway is amazing for nature photography with its deep blue fjord, snowy mountains and beautiful waterfalls. I am looking forward to returning.
The Silence Project
In April 2017 I started the Silence Project. Through a series of films I will present nature at its most natural. To fully capture the authentic atmosphere of the places I will combine the visuals with detailed soundscapes. No music or artificial sound effects will be used in the films only the songs from nature’s own sound library. To make the experience as natural as possible both the audio and video will be recorded in some of nature’s most undisturbed places. Further, I will keep the editing as simple as possible without any fancy transitions or other special effects.
This project was born out of love for the undisturbed places in nature. The goal of the project is to share the wonders of nature with as many people as possible and thereby ensuring its protection and enjoyment for generations to come. I plan to accomplish this goal through stunning short films with breathtaking video and audio.
You can see films, hear sounds and read more about the silence project here:
Some films are amazing because they show us the world in a way we all recognize. Others are amazing because they capture the world like we’ve never seen it. My work focuses on the second category. To bring things we normally see as static into life and to show our world from new perspectives. I use timelapse and aerial photography to lift the constraints of time and space and thereby create a profoundly transformative experience for the viewer. To fully capture the authentic atmosphere I combine the visuals with detailed soundscapes.
Cinque Terre which means “Five lands” is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera between Genoa and La Spezia. The area is part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cinque Terre is a very popular tourist destination and comprises of five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. These unique villages hide between green, steep hills and the turquoise Ligurian sea. The villages pastel-coloured houses are built on top of rocks in the rugged, steep landscape. Cinque Terre is located in the coastal region Liguria which is popular with tourists for its beaches, towns and cuisine. Travel between the five villages can be done either by train, by boat or by hiking the beautiful trails that connect the villages.
Photographer, editor and sound design: Casper Rolsted
Timelapse photos shot
around the world on Instagram and Facebook
Follow my travels
Weeks on the road (2017)
Countries visited (2017)
Kilometers by car (2017)
Feel free to send me an email – if you want to hire me for a project or want to licence footage from my films.