Marte Marie Forsberg is a food and lifestyle photographer from Oslo, Norway. Encouraged by her parents to explore and value other cultures, Marie grew up with a love for travel. Living in and visiting many countries over the years, Marie’s passion for food was also kindled, and she began documenting her adventures and eats regularly.
Today, Marie’s photography is marked by a sense of refinement and minimalism. Just as gifted in her styling skills as she is in photography, the two abilities allow her to create a scene, notice the mood and nuances of the set, & capture an image that tells a story to it’s viewer. To aid her in this process, Marie edited the following images with VSCO Cam™.
I grew up in a very creative family, where from an early age I played around with my dad’s old cameras. It was all film, and so I signed up for a photography developing class at 15. My beloved mother is such a wonderfully creative being. It feels like I spent most of my early childhood years on the kitchen counter next to her, observing and helping out as she cooked up fun and adventurous dishes. Summers were spent in her herb garden. There breakfast was served, eating mouthwatering strawberries with thick cream, in a hammock underneath the big maple tree. But it wasn’t until my college years, when I signed up for an introductory photography class, that my love and passion for photography was reignited again. I knew I wanted to use this as my creative medium, but I was not sure what I most enjoyed seeing through the lens. So, I started photographing what I was surrounded by. Being an above average food lover, that’s what I began photographing, my childhood love for food.
What was your favorite home cooked meal growing up?
Oh, it must be Brun lapskaus. It’s a slow cooked stew with beef, potatoes and different vegetables one has at hand. After hours of cooking, it is a delicious comfort food, served with flatbread, butter and red lemonade. I used to love snuggling up by the open fireplace in the kitchen with a bowl of this stew.
The guide is being created as a direct response to all the emails and comments I get through social media, asking me about the images I post of food, cafes and restaurants. So, as I moved back to Norway, I began exploring my own hometown of Oslo again and thought I´d make a guide with a very strong sense of aesthetics, quality in interior design and overall experience in the places I am choosing to include. It’s by no means a full guide to the city, covering every angle and pleasing every need a non-local may have. Rather, it is a personal afternoon wander through my Oslo. I hope the reader will feel like the guide is an intimate adventure of this charming Norwegian capital and that even if they never go, they will have a feeling of the city through my guide filled with images, little notes, addresses and comments from my black book of travel.
Scandinavian minimalism, nostalgic, quiet, soft and with a dash of melancholy.
You credit your travels with reigniting your passion for food. Is there a certain culture’s food that resonates most with you?
Oh, that’s tricky. Having spent the last 15 years living on and off in different countries around the world, my food taste is very much flavored by all the lovely places I’ve lived in and visited. So, I think if I could choose a country for each meal of the day, it would look something like this:
- Breakfast in France with croissants and jam- Afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream in England - Lunch in Tokyo with delicious light and fresh sushi - Dinner in Norway indulging in a Christmas meal feast - Aperitivo in Italy nibbling away at all kinds of fun and tasty dishes - Dessert in Scandinavia with fresh strawberries from the garden & whipping cream - Evening snack in Denmark indulging lustfully in delicious Danish pastries
All these places and their food hold a special place in my heart. Although culturally very different, what the above-mentioned meals have in common is that these meals are all about the people, the flavors and the conversations around the table. That is what I love most about a good meal, sharing the experience and bringing people together over a well-cooked meal.
To me, styling and photography revolves around one big factor, the light.The light source really is what I think makes it or breaks it. Light is what makes a still life come alive, and it’s what allows you to put one lonely cup of tea on a table edge and create a scene that can move people, all because of how the light creates a story by the way it falls upon the subject. I know it’s a well used phrase, but less is more.
To me, it’s all about creating a story when I style; so, I’ll spend a long while sourcing props that alone or together have something in them that adds to the scene. I often end up working with props that are used, cracked, chipped and look like they have lived a long life, even it’s subtle. To me, that adds a bit of soul to the scene. Having said all that, I love the challenge of breathing life into new things. Working with modern and new props is really fun and creates a completely different atmosphere.