Nate Anderson is a Minnesota-based video and still photographer. He is currently a photo journalist at KARE TV and an operator of the "Steadicam" for the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild and the Gophers. His inspiration stems from a burning desire to tell stories and the freedom to capture beautiful moments. He claims his work is a personal reflection of himself, a form of art and something he can unapologetically make his own. We caught up with Nate to ask him a few questions.
How did you start taking pictures?
As a child, I was obsessed with pictures, old polaroids and magazines. I loved National Geographic, Time, and the local newspapers. My dad was a Chairman at the Star Tribune so we always had newspapers lying around, whether or not I was old enough to understand, I always admired the photography. I loved the moments frozen in a photo.
Professionally, I started in video after graduating high school, many years before picking up a still camera, I really enjoyed the art of telling a story. Video was a great outlet for that. For 17 years I've been blessed to work in the best shop in the country. KARE 11. I have met so many wonderful characters and still love the job as much as I did on my first day.
It was only about 6 years ago I finally went out and bought a still camera and started playing around with it. The camera was a Canon 40D. It opened up a whole new world for me.
What are your favorite things to capture?
I don't know if there is a single specific item or scene I prefer to shoot. I just love finding moments. That is something that pulls you into the photo being taken.
When I see a great picture, I feel like I could stare at it for hours. Sometimes you aren't sure why you enjoy it so much but that's what I try to go after.
What inspires you?
Photography is such a personal reflection of yourself. You can take 10 different photographers and have them shoot the same subject and chances are you are going to get something a little different from everyone. Photography certainly has guidelines and rules but it is always you getting that moment. You can take your camera and capture anything you want, just how you want it. It is art and it is all yours.
What is one interesting thing about you ?
Although my work in many ways requires me to be in huge social settings and crowds, I am a very private person. I have random cases of social anxiety. Photography has allowed me to comfortably be involved in different settings. The camera almost works as my safety net.
How did you hear about MUROL?
Andy Kenutis, a friend who I work with at the Minnesota Vikings. He posted about MUROL on social media and I wanted to see what it was all about. I admire his amazing work and he is crazy talented.
How is the MUROL platform unique?
First and foremost, the pictures display beautifully within the app. FINALLY, an app that displays beautiful horizontal photos in full frame. I have also connected with some great people on MUROL. I feel like I am reaching a new circle of photographers.
When in your career did you see the bigger picture?
The first time I saw someone become emotional over a photo I took for them. That was my big picture moment.
Pictures are a direct connection to the past. You are creating memories, documenting history and telling a story. I feel the best way I can tell a story is through pictures.
Some more of Nate's Work
THE MAN BEHIND THE CAMERA