In 2021, we started to put the spotlight on our passionate ship spotters. Each month, we showcase a different photographer of FleetMon.com. In April 2023, you’ll meet a maritime enthusiast from Sweden (User name: kevin_gothe) who joined FleetMon in 2022.
What is your maritime background?
I was born in 1999. I have traveled with various ships ever since I was four years old. It is an old interest I have had since childhood. I live about 50 km from the sea at Gävle in Sweden, so the photo opportunities are unfortunately not possible every day. I “work” as a musician, or at least I play various instruments quite often.
When did you start to take photos of vessels?
As soon as I got my first camera, when I was about six years old. Which is about 2005.
What is your motivation for being a ship spotter?
Traveling with ships and photography is both large hobbies of mine. Ship spotting is in large a combination of them both, so it fits me well.
Special Vessel Shot
I’ve always liked this one of GABRIELLA. I was there together with my grandma and we had a nice ship spotting trip together, which I think is what makes it special. Plus the fact that the pink/orange light was quite beautiful that day.
How often are you on tour to shoot vessels?
Several times a month.
Which technical equipment do you use to capture vessel moments?
I use a Sony A68 and a Tamron 18-200 mm lens.
Which vessel types do you like to take photos of the most and why?
Ferries are my main interest. Especially those in the Batlic Sea. I think that is mostly because of nostalgia.
How many pictures of different vessels have you collected since you started?
Uncountable. Probably thousands upon thousands.
Where is your favorite ship spotting location so far?
The harbor of Kapellskär in Sweden. You can pretty much see all my favorite ships passing by there.
Which worldwide ship spotting location would you like to visit if you had the chance to?
I’m not sure. Travemünde perhaps. Or maybe Göteborg.
Is there anything you would like to improve when it comes to uploading photos to FleetMon.com?
Not that I can think of right now.
(Thank you so much, Kevin!)