Pontus Alexandersson is a 28 year old architecture student from Denmark. Pontus documented and explored some of the bunkers located in Denmark and gives us a look on some of the items he brought along to complete the task. As a bunker documenter for two weeks, he gives us some advice on the lessons learned from the trip.
The Camera Essentials for Bunker Documentation
What’s in Pontus’ Bag? Here’s a look at his camera kit:
- Zoom windshield
- Zoom H5
- Zoom H1
- Canon Speedlite 580EX
- Bosch DLE 70
- Bahco multi tool
- GraphIT markers
- Tesa masking tape
- Sennheiser HD 25-1 II
- Sony HDR CX320
- Canon EF 50mm
- Canon EOS 1000D
- scale ruler
- 30 cm steel ruler
- folding rule
- Canon EF-S 10-22mm
- Canon EF 100mm macro
- various drawing tools
- Manfrotto tripod + small tripods for audio devices
- Fjällräven Stubben with side pockets
- MacBook Pro 15″
Where were the bunkers that you went to document and why did you participate?
The bunkers are located on a small island called Fanø, just outside the coast of Esbjerg in the south west of Denmark.
I went there on a study trip because of a school project and just packed all the stuff I had at hand that could be useful in remembering the place after the trip.
Take us through a day of your Denmark bunker documentation:
Wake up, pack bag, take the bike to the bunkers, measure everything, take photos of everything, record some sounds, draw what you measured, add new ideas, drink beer, go to sleep. Repeat for two weeks, this was basically the schedule for the trip.
We were supposed to come up with an idea for a small building for the community on the island and also had meetings with different local associations and a few people from the municipality to get to know what they would like to see.
Since this was a fictional project there weren’t many of our ideas that ended up being able to have any chance of being realized, but lots of fun nonetheless.
What was something that you learned on this trip?
You will always forget something. Disregarding anything that seems to be of no importance at the time will surely be just the thing you need later on in the process.
Were there any items that you wish you had included in your essentials for the trip?
Not anything I own, but it would have been really cool to have had access to a 3D laser scanner for making accurate interior 3D-models of the bunkers, with all the small cavities, holes and cracks.
For our purpose the measurements we took were more than sufficient, but it would have been amazing to set it up with some VR-equipment and integrate our own projects in the “real” landscape.
What inspired you to go into filming and photography?
Nothing really, I have just always been interested in pictures and sound and I can’t see how anyone couldn’t be.
Who do you look up to and inspires you to create?
Those who are enthusiastic about what they do, no matter what it is.
I don’t have any role models or look up to specific people. The one thing I want is to be good at what I do and always learn new things.
What are some of your hobbies or how do you spend your free time?
I have a small collection of synths, drum machines and samplers at home and try to make time for them as much as possible. It’s a really nice feeling to be able to just sit down and create something from “nothing” and to limit the endless possibilities of making sounds and songs in a computer to the boundaries of boxes with a very specific purpose.
What are the most important things in life that keep you focused?
Last year I was diagnosed with diabetes type 1, this made me realize that I’m in fact not immortal and has forced me to change some of the bad habits I had before.
Number one for me is to have some routines, like exercising, eating at roughly the same time each day and sleeping well. This has really helped me to handle stress and made me more aware of how my body reacts in different situations.
Of course you don’t have to have a chronic disease to be able to change bad habits but I’m probably the first to say that diabetes helped me to become better in every way.