Interview Series: Stian Roenning

As if we needed another reason to love the constant flow of maniac creatives in Miami, Norwegian import Stian Roenning proves you can produce inspiring works while maintaining perspective. Fellow troublemaker of the Overthrow camp, we took a minute to chat work, play, Art Basel in Miami, his musings, and travels back to his icy motherland.

“This is one of my all time favorites. Part of my Voyeur series and it’s so great. Personally can stare at her forever. It’s perfect bliss and only time she’s weightless.”


LF: Most of your images are super sexy, and a good mix of fashion and beauty photography. How does sex influence your work?

SR: hehe – well everything is about sex, right? (smile) Haven’t really thought about it in that way, but I come from a country with open eyes to everything and not so much censorship, so maybe that has helped. Plus, all the gorgeous women I’ve so far had the pleasure to work with. In photography, between a model and you, female or male, it’s always a dialogue, sexual or not.

LF: Do you feel as if Miami is a big factor in your style of photography?

SR: I’m definitely influenced by where I’m located, so sure. I’m going to Norway pretty soon – it’s gonna be winter, so I’m sure something beautiful will come out of that.

LF: Why did you decide to move to Miami?

SR: Oh, long story, but in short. Hmm, lived in Iceland at the time one day I found this article about art school in Miami in a news paper in Reykjavik, I went and got a scholarship for a short film I had done. So Miami sounded amazing. Sun 24/7 and no winter, couldn’t find one reason why not! At the time I was modeling for TV adds and print, believe it or not, hehe, and was delivering Pizza for Domino’s, the most hilarious job I’ve had – even got driver of the month.

“This one too, I like a lot. Shot this with my friend Christopher Murray. Simple and straight to the point. A nice behind in smoke. Mystical”

“This one I shot in Costa Rica. Great stairs and great long model that would fit the stairs. Cheers!”


LF: Are you excited for Basel? What do you have in the works?

SR: Yes, always excited about that. The whole art world comes into town, so that’s really cool. Well, this year is the first time I’m actually gonna be a visitor and enjoy some of the exhibits. Plus Basel Castle of course, the Overthrow art extravaganza is surely not to be missed. But I’m part of that, so I guess I have something in the works then.

LF: On your Facebook page, someone referred to you as a “mad viking”… Tell us more! 
SR: Then we have that. I guess over the years of making a new life in Miami, I’ve always been referred to as being the mad viking. Sure, back in the days, there might have been situations where things got a little crazy, but all good though. I guess I tend to be a little out there sometimes, but just being myself really. In reference to my heritage, I’m one of the good vikings, then again, I’m related to Erik Blood Ax! hehe…

“The Quadruped series will always be a favorite. More to come here soon!”

“This is one is for NUE Studio. Todd Jameson’s Hair Cuttery Extravaganza.”


LF: We love the first series in your editorial portfolio. What was it like to work with ballet dancers?

SR: Nice for a change. Never done it so it was great to do the research before hand and get to know the poses etc. As we photographers like to pose our models, and hehe, like to mimic the poses ourselves too, you can only imagine how funny I must have looked directing and shooting. But as the ballet dancers know what they are doing, it really made my day easy.

LF: Your “Desperate Measures” series is a modern Bonnie and Clyde, but it centers around foreclosure. Is this a statement on the current economic issues in our country?

SR: I can’t really take credit for the concept in this one. My friend’s brother Todd Jameson Depauw from NUE Studio, came up with it. He called me up and told me about it and then I shot it. But of course, it’s all about the economy for sure.

“Part of my Desperate Measures editorial. Produced by Todd Jameson DePauw.”

“Shot this one at Nygaard Kay in Bahamas.”


LF: You’ve got a great video selection on your website. What medium do you feel most “at home” with? Photography, Video, Etc?

SR: Both, it’s just that I have come to the point that I like others to edit all my stuff. Find myself wanting to shoot more than I have time for. Photography is all about light, so it’s really cool to make a photograph “move” sort of speak. I have a background in making a lot of video, so it’s nice now since the camera gear and lenses have become more affordable – it’s possible to make more awesome content. For me, moving pictures will always be another great outlet for creativity, so I enjoy both mediums fully for sure!

LF: If you were to choose a muse of the past, who would it be?

SR: I always been a fan of Kate Moss, would love to photograph her. Even do a video with her would be awesome!

LF: How FAST do you live?
SR: Viking Speed!

“Took this one long time ago of Euroboy in Concert in 98′. I don’t really shoot that many concerts, but this is one of my all time fav’s of them!”

“Pretty proud for contributing to MIFF after having been in Miami for so long.”


LF: Who / what local artists (in Miami) do you enjoy collaborating with? Why?

SR: I usually work with Beachpictures, the Overthrow and Shoot the Centerfold alot, but also a lot of freelance work. Why, hm, cool and genuine friends and people that I continuously love working with, and always produce content like no other. Cheers!

LF: We’ve seen you cover tons of live shows, are there any “rock n roll” stories of an experience / gig / band that got a little crazier than usual?

SR: My life so far has had quite the turns, mostly positive, so I don’t know. hehe, well, I did get attacked and beaten up by two police officers in Manchester, TN in some neighborhood trying to get to the festival grounds of Bonnaroo. It’s a very vivid and crazy story, so ask me over a drink sometime, and you’ll hear the rest. Not sure if it’s amazing, but definitely crazy.

“Did this one for Stunnersofthemonth and dig it how it came out all Foxy Brown like.”


LF: How do your parents (mom) feel about all of your amazing work with Playboy?

SR: They’re cool with it. Was funny the initial phone call I had with them, but all good. I guess this summer it got a little more in their face as Norway’s biggest newspaper VG wrote about it. My article got something over 250 000 hits, so a little unexpected fame for a second. So they got another laugh about it.

LF: What gets you off, literally or figuratively?
SR: Huge things, epic next level creativity, weird stuff, trolls, extreme things… lots of things really.


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