If you simply press the button and register the 8 places you go by in one day, you can, as a permanent photographer, have the world’s easiest job, says Jyske Vestkysten’s photographer Ulrik Pedersen. However, he will not be satisfied with that. (THE WORST NEXT JOB)


Like many other photographers in Danish local newspapers, Ulrik Pedersen has 5-10 daily photo assignments, and in the first half year after his employment at Jyske Vestkyst’s local editorial office in Sønderborg, he followed the set schedule and solved his duties. “I quickly fell into the habit, got my list of tasks every morning, went home and leaned me back in the afternoon.”

“I forgot how fat it was to make a total product that went deeper than everyday travel,” says Ulrik Pedersen, who has made several own stories to the newspaper since the beginning of 2001.

“It actually began that my former colleague on the editorial board said. Then I should be in charge of the schedule and found that a change could give “air” to own projects. ”

The change meant that the two photographers of the editors are now on duty 4 days a week and three days later. In the three-day week, the fourth day is used for own projects or abandonment.

“It gives some long guards, up to 11 hours. But the carrot is so that there is time for low-profile stories,” says Ulrik Pedersen. (THE WORST NEXT JOB)


One of these stories is from Nordborg Slot Youth School, where Ulrik Pedersen has followed the students’ everyday lives this spring. “The first two times I was up there I did not photograph at all. The first time I met with the inspector. Second time I was in a joint meeting, where I got up and told everyone about myself and my idea of ​​following every day at school. ”

Then Ulrik Pedersen visited the school three times when there was time in his watch schedule. The visits sparked out on a whole page about school life. Ulrik Pedersen also made 20 enlargements, which he gave to the school, and which was exhibited there.

But all of this was just the prelude to Ulrik Pedersen’s main story, namely about the three days when the students divorce each other and school. “I could not have made the last story without making the first one. My many visits up there made me know the students’ names and that they were not afraid of me. If we had not known each other, I could not have come so close. ” (THE WORST NEXT JOB).

The story of Vagn

Back in 2001 Ulrik Pedersen spent a year following the walls behind the walls at the sheltered workshop Østerlund in Nordborg. Ulrik Pedersen visited the workshop 8-9 times, and there were three full page articles – one of them was about Vagn Schröder Jensen.

“My ideas may be a bit thin as a starting point. It begins for example. I want to show readers what happens behind the walls of the youth school, the protected workshop or similar places. When I get started then the angle is getting – I find the story. At the secondary school, the inspector told me that the biggest event is when saying goodbye. And then I focused on that story. At the protected workshop I fell for Vagn, which I followed most. ”

While Ulrik Pedersen worked with his stories from the protected workshop, the main character, Vagn Schröder Jensen, died. Ulrik Pedersen therefore chose to write a nekrolog supplemented with photographs – To Vagn. (THE WORST NEXT JOB)

24 hour project

The schedule of the schedule and the many small local editors on the coast of Jyske West make the photographers have long daily guards and work a lot. “At one point, Søren Gylling (Ulriks fotografskollega at Sønderborg) needed to edit the editors. At that time, the series ran 24 hours on TV, so we chose to do 24 hours in Sønderborg, “says Ulrik Pedersen.

“It was a nice free way of working. Now we visited a bakery because we wanted to show his work at 02:00 and not because he had an anniversary or made a new pastry. And we brought the police on a patrol to show What they do on a normal guard, not because of trouble. It was also a good way to get ordinary people in the newspaper. ”

The clover field’s bakery between kl. 02 and 03. Photo: Ulrik Pedersen, Jyske Vestkysten.

The stories of the project were made in a month and were therefore not current, but an expression of what happens all year in a day in Sønderborg. The stories were brought once a day for 24 days in the spring of 2003, and were subsequently exhibited at Sønderborg Library.

“It was nice to collaborate on a project. We had planned the stories in advance so they became as versatile as possible. And so we knew what we each covered. ” (THE WORST NEXT JOB)

daily life

All Ulrik Pedersen’s projects have been made during working hours, and it has been possible to implement them due to the previously mentioned restructuring of the schedule and the will of the photographer.

“I think it was Joachim Ladefoged, who once compared our work with a football player. The football player fights in the midfield, tackles, handles, etc. And it is so worth it when he scores a goal. The projects are my goals. ”

Ulrik Pedersen’s daily task list does not differ from what other photographers in local newspapers get stuck out every morning, and yet he also makes some eye-catching photographs in everyday life. It’s about prioritizing time for today’s tasks, he thinks.

Pilgrimage. After the breath, the priest Finn Arvé rushed out before the pilgrims to get himself.
A smoking break. Photo: Ulrik Pedersen, Jyske Vestkysten.

“Things are connected. I maintain the joy of photography by making projects. And the projects give energy to cover the riot – again. In this way, the projects will benefit the newspaper twice. Stig Rossen was once asked how he could sing the same evening after the evening. He replied that he tried to make it a little better every day. That’s how it should be for a photographer. Our audience needs something new. It’s often easy to make new angles – just change the lens. ” (THE WORST NEXT JOB)

Curious eyes follow Falck’s attempt to save a car driven in the harbor.

Other projects

It is not only classic black and white reports that come from Ulrik Pedersen’s hand. He has, among other things, made a page to the Boys of the West Coast, Good Addition, and during a report tour to Bucharest, where he photographed street children, he also wrote a travel article for the newspaper’s travel allowance.

“I have learned to write, so I can use it as well. I squeeze myself to the text to be really bold. I want to show that I can write. But I think photographers can. We are good observers so it’s just about using it in writing – like in the photo. ”

“It’s going to be fun when photojournalists begin to seek journalism. Try to imagine a photojournalist who makes sports or travel articles. Photographers are good at finding different and interesting stories. ” (THE WORST NEXT JOB)

Active participant

Ulrik Pedersen became a graduated photojournalist in 2000, thereby trained to photograph and write. For the above-mentioned projects he has also researched, interviewed, written and of course photographed.

“I feel that we are photojournalists waiting for the newspapers. Waiting for them to discover what we can. But it does not happen by itself. We must show ourselves what we are, otherwise it becomes difficult to argue that we are indispensable for the newspaper editions. We must actively participate. ”

“It seems so simple, but you can easily forget the crooked angles when you get stuck. I experienced that at first. ” (THE WORST NEXT JOB)