About // Long
Jens Kristian Balle is originally from Ødis, a small town in the tiny1 Kingdom2 of Denmark, the land of Carlsberg, The Little Mermaid, Vikings, a lot of pigs3 and(not to forget) the 1992 European soccer champions4.
Jens grew up with a garage, lego, drawing, fairytales, an electrician and a garden in his life5, this suited his talent for fixing, solving, making and creative thinking well.
Somehow Jens eventually ended up in Vancouver6, Canada7, working as a photographer for commercial and editorial clients8 on one side, while he on the other, with his personal work, puts his own ideas and concepts to life as well as finding peace outdoors documenting the landscape and environment with his minimalistic style.
Jens’ photography is strongly inspired by his scandinavian roots9, from his clean and graphic style to his personality and slightly quirky humour which you might find in some of his works. Jens specializes in conceptual portrait, still-life and landscape photography.
At a (fairly) young age Jens has already gotten local, national and international recognition for his work, he recently won the Applied Arts Photography Award in Toronto(again), a professional advertising award at PX3 in Paris as well as receiving multiple Honorable Mentions by IPA, the International Photography Awards in Los Angeles10.
· About // Short
1 Yet, Danes are on average the second tallest people in the world. Note that Jens is above this average!
2 There is at least a 1/110000 chance that Jens might be royal blooded.
3 Denmark has 2.3 times more pigs than people.
4 Ok, Danes might be the only ones still remembering this accomplishment.
5 There was a very loving family as well.
7 Just like his ancestors, the Vikings, who settled in Canada in 1000AD as the first discoverers of North America approximately 182621 days before Sir Christopher Columbus was even born.
8 Such as Rethink, Universal Pictures, Rogers Communications, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, Taxi, TC Transcontinental, Coast Capital Savings, Financial Times, Western University, BC Hydro, Starbucks, FORBES Magazine and TELUS.
9 Speaking of roots, one of Jens’ favorite root vegetables nowadays are red beets, the very thing he despised the most as a child.
10 See a list of Awards and Honours HERE.
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Vancouver area commercial, advetising and editorial photographer. Photographing for agency, magazine, commercial, corporate, actors and headshot clients.