“In search of the road less traveled”
Nicolás Pina is a passionate traveler, photographer and filmmaker that dedicates his life to pursue the last quiet places. His obsession with the cold environments coupled with his continuous desire of leaving the comfort zone, has taken him to places like Norway, Iceland, Finland and the Faroe Islands in search of the real beauty of the North. Focused on surf exploration, Nicolás is also an expert in planning and directing expeditions to remote places looking for waves. Beyond all that, what keeps him chasing the last frontiers is to share those experiences with his closest people and to inspire others to get out and explore the world.
Since I was very little I was very interested in photography. I was always fluttering with a camera in my pocket. In each trip, each party, in each family reunion, there was my little camera throwing photos as if there is no tomorrow. Years pass and memories are become less clear. The years pass and the photos are the only way to remember many things. To relive those summers when we were a pack of crazy monkeys, and only thing that mattered was having a good time. I became obsessed. I became a damn maniac to freeze every moment non stop. I admit that sometimes it was a pain in the ass. Thanks to that, I began to observe the world in a different way, to see things from another perspective. I learned that it is the small moments that make life great. As a result of my obsession, I came up with the question that maybe to always walk with the camera wouldn´t let me experience the essence of things, the magic of moments in which I should perhaps forget about the camera, forget everything. How to fully feel the sunrise if I you´re always pending to take pictures? I tried to forget about her but I always missed something that I would have liked to capture. Fuck! It cost me a lot but I ended up learning to shoot while I was completely present... And then, boom! I fell madly in LOVE. Watching those moments again make me relive some of the best mmets of my like. Mentally going back to that place, and meet those people... Feels so good. In a way, photography has taught me to appreciate more everything that surrounds us. The world is awesome, people are amazing. What happens today will never happen again. Take photos! It does not matter if it's a mobile potato, a cheap camera or the most expensive one in the market. Photography is not about the camera, the resolution or the sharpness... Photography is the moment, the feeling, the fact of freezing small unrepeatable moments that will one day thrill you again more than the day they occurred.
It was the summer of 2014, during a skateboarding trip through Europe with my closest friends, when I discovered the pleasure of capturing our experiences on the road with the simplest thing, my phone. From the instant I went back home from that trip, I knew I wanted to have a camera on my hands and to keep capturing the moments I live for. The time has passed and I’ve become addicted to seeking experiences out of my comfort zone and to sharing them through my images. On this process I’ve been driven to explore and to capture the beauty of cold environments and to involve the human factor in it through action sports like surfing or climbing. For some reason, I love cold, which in itself involves many sacrifices and sometimes pushes me to my limits. The reward usually comes in form of loneliness. What keeps me inspired is making my dreams and ideas reality, from an “and if...” or a pin on Google Earth, to standing in front of that mountain or shoreline far away from home. Traveling has taught me how important it is to be humble and really appreciate the wonders of this world.