Artist: Paul Boomsma
My name is Paul Boomsma, also known as expaulore, and I’m a 25 year old outdoor
photographer based in England.
My main focus with photography is capturing landscapes, wildlife and other nature
related content, though I do occasionally work in other areas such as food, drink and
❓Who or what influenced you as a photographer the most at the beginning of your journey?
🗣 It’s a mixture of different things really, since a young age I always wanted to get out and see the world but never got a chance to.
As I got older I started to enjoy watching local wildlife, mainly birds. I decided to buy a
camera one day as I wanted to start to capture what I saw.
Eventually, after watching tutorials online and a lot of trial and error, I started to get results that I was happy with and began sharing the photos online.
While learning, I started photographing pretty much anything, though I always found
landscapes and wildlife the most interesting.
Then, one day I decided to book a solo ticket to Chamonix, France to spend the week
camping and photographing the alps. This is where my love for outdoor photography
really grew and I really started putting more focus and effort in to it.
❓How did you start your professional career?
🗣 At the moment, I wouldn’t describe photography as my professional career as I don’t earn most of my income from it. Most of my income comes from working as an assistant manager for a coffee shop.
As well as working there, I regularly book photography trips away, I’ll also occasionally
collaborate with brands on photography projects and promotions.
I do plan to take up photography full time eventually though, as this is where my passion really is.
❓What software and hardware do you use, and why?
🗣edit all of my images on a custom built desktop using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
Most of my edits are just done in Lightroom and occasionally if the image needs more
work or I’d like things removed then I’ll use Photoshop as well.
I’ve always used Adobe products and I’m very familiar with how they work so I’ve just
always stuck with them.
The hardware I use is:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600,
GPU: RX 590 8GB,
OS: Windows 10 & OSX Catalina.
❓ What does photography mean to you, and what motivates you?
🗣 The experiences and emotions that I feel while travelling is what probably motivates me the most. Travelling to unique locations on my own, hiking for hours on end, seeing the incredible landscapes and trying to find different ways to photograph them is what I love.
Coming home, editing the photos, sharing the experiences and images with people is
another thing that really motivates me.
One day I’ll be old and could be unable to hike and experience these things like I can
now, I want to look back and feel happy that I got out there and saw the world, not look
back in regret that I put it off or didn’t follow what I’m passionate about.
❓What was your most challenging project, and why?
🗣 My most challenging project so far would have to be a shoot that I did in the Italian Dolomites in winter a few years ago.
It was probably the first time I experienced real cold weather. It gets cold at home in
England sometimes but nothing close to the temperatures at night in the alps.
One evening, after hiking and shooting all day near Lago Di Braies, I decided I wanted to make it to Tre Cime Di Lavaredo for sunrise the next morning. There was no form of
transport running to the start of the hike but I was determined to make it there as it was
my last day before travelling home.
I decided to pull an all-nighter and start hiking that evening as the sun was setting. The
weather was brutal, it was about -19 degrees, pitch black and the hike took about 9 hours. I packed myself some water and attached it to my bag but it was so cold that it
just froze solid.
There was a few times where I really wanted to just give up, my legs were in so much pain after hiking all day, my bag was so heavy, the hike up the hills to Tre Cime Di Lavaredo were almost unbearable, I had to physically push my legs with my arms up the hill to give myself support.
Eventually, I made it there just in time and got the photos I was after.
❓ What was the most important skill that you learned, and how does it help you now?
🗣 Not sure if you could really describe this as a skill but I’d say determination has been the most important for me.
There have been a lot of times where I’ve been in a difficult situation, whether this be
related to photography or travelling/hiking somewhere. There’s been times where I’ve
been exhausted, not felt inspired, been out in a storm or freezing temperatures and just
wanted to stay in bed in the warm. The determination has always pushed me to get out
and not give up, it’s always been worth it in the long run and I’ve never regretted it.
❓ What is your dream project or art direction you're starving to try in the next 10 years?
🗣 I’ve been doing a lot of research in to using a drone to help with my photography work, and I do plan to eventually purchase one and try it out.
I see a lot of content shared online from people using drones and you can get a really
unique perspective on the landscape and get some really incredible photos that you
wouldn’t be able to normally get.
❓Can you tell us about a personal or professional project you are proud of?
🗣 Ever since I’d started photographing wildlife, I always had animals in mind that I’d love to have a chance to photograph one day. Puffins were one of the birds I had always wanted to see.
I set out on a photography trip to The Faroe Islands and camped on Sørvágur for a week.
One of those days in that week I took a boat to Mykines, a small island with a population of only 12. This was one of the best spots in The Faroes to photograph Puffins.
I ended up taking a series of photos of the Puffins on the island and shared them online,
they ended up getting shared by an editor from National Geographic and got featured in a Fujifilm exhibition in London.
❓Do you have any passion projects you're working on or plan to start?
🗣 I’ve always wanted to spend some time in the arctic photographing the landscapes and wildlife in winter. I have planned to travel to Svalbard a few times before but something always came up that made me unable to go. I am still currently looking in to making this possible and I plan to go some time once it’s safe to travel again.
The most challenging part of photographing places like this is the accessibility and
dangers that are included. Some of these places are so remote, there are no people, no
forms of transport, no shelter, the weather conditions are unbearable and there are
dangerous animals about.
Travelling to Svalbard is no problem, but you aren’t allowed to freely roam around without owning a rifle or being with someone that owns one because of the polar bears.
Something about that really draws me in and makes me want to go though, to experience and photograph something that most people never get a chance to see.
❓If you had just one question about anything that you could ask and get an answer, what would it be?
🗣 Do aliens exist? Surely there must be something out there!