"In high school, I had a hard time following classes, because all I could think about was taking pictures. I started my photography journey in the Copenhagen nightlife before I was even old enough to get in myself. That taught me, that a large network is everything in a city like Copenhagen."
Who are you, what do you do, and what is your background?
My name is Elisabeth, I just turned 28 years old, I live on Østerbro, and I am a photographer. I am half Norwegian and half Danish, and I grew up in a small city outside of Copenhagen named Måløv, and a small city next to the water on the coast of Norway named Farsund. I started dancing when I was 3 years old, and I had a dream of starting my own dance school and performing for a living. Later on, I also learned theatre in an acting school for kids. Dancing for me was about living in the music, and forgetting everything going on around me. Later on, I went to high school and quickly found out, that that wasn’t going to work. So, I started taking pictures in the summer of 2010, and that opened a whole different world for me. A world much more exciting for me than school.
Does the artistic side of you run in the family, and if not, how did you find out what you wanted to work with?
I can’t think of a single person in my family, that doesn’t have some type of creativity in them. Although, I am probably one of the few who has chosen it as a job. My mother was a stewardess and lived a lot of her life away from home until she met my dad. My dad was a dedicated football player, who was driven by the sport.
I have always been a person that is driven by desire. That means, that I have always done what felt right for me at the time. In high school, I had a hard time following classes, because all I could think about was taking pictures. I started my photography journey in the Copenhagen nightlife before I was even old enough to get in myself. That taught me, that a large network is everything in a city like Copenhagen. The networking part was exciting, especially given my upbringing outside of the city, and with a camera in my hand, the meetings started coming in. I dropped out of high school and started at the modeling agency, Unique Models, which was the perfect start to get to know the fashion industry.
Is there anyone in the business you look to for inspiration, or where do you go to get ideas for a project?
I am inspired by the people I meet every day, and it can be in any kind of place or environment. For many years, it was all about networking in itself, but as a photographer with the life I have today, I am driven by being able to share stories from the amazing people I get to work with and inspire as many people as possible. Last year I got to work with kids, that are born with a disability, and for me, that was a huge milestone moment. I spent two days in the studio making my upcoming exhibition; “De perfekte, uperfekte”.
Being around 30 kids, all living with a disability gave me a lot of energy and inspiration, because they made some of the problems in my daily life seem small if I just remember to add a little more humor and love to my days. I am guilty of being pulled into an industry, that almost always is behind on schedules and deadlines, and I sometimes need to see everything from a birds-eye view, breath, and remember to be myself in everything I do. That is where the inspiration gets interesting for me.
We know it is a hard question to answer, but what project are you most proud of?
In 2014 I exhibited a small series of photos called “Smile for me by Elisabeth Eibye”. It was an ode to the nightlife in Copenhagen and all of the great people around me. I will always remember that and think back on a time, that will never come back.
But, last year (2021), a dream came true. As mentioned before, I got the opportunity to work with a lot of amazing kids on the exhibition “De perfekte, uperfekte”. I could do projects like that all the time if I had the time and opportunity. The timing was perfect, because of the awesome youth magazine “Vi Unge”, also saw the amazing opportunity to make a story about 3 girls - each with a disability of their own. I am so proud that I got to work with Vi Unge and the sports association “Lykkeliga”, and in October, two of the front pages I had made, made it to Danish national television. That is something, that I forever will cherish and be extremely proud of.
What is a project that you can’t wait to show the world? If you can spill the tea a little bit of course.
I wish I could share it with you, but I have an idea, that if I do, it might not happen. Right now I am working a lot on my regular customers, but I would lie if I said, that I didn’t have something up my sleeve besides that. It is another project that revolves around people.. and that is all I am gonna say about that.
And last but not least - what is your go-to takeaway spot in Copenhagen?
Damn.. I love take-away, but I also do love to make food at home. I would any day recommend Poulette på Møllegade. That place is for someone, who loves a real’ juicy chicking burger. Amazing for a hangover. Speaking of hangover food, I need to shout out my local place on Østerbro, Rosetta. All around the best combination of pizza, focaccia, and slices you can get.
And we, at The Collective, are already on the way to one of those places. We strongly suggest you do the same. And of course, stay on the lookout for a possible mystery project from the amazing Elisabeth Eibye. Thanks for doing this.