Meet Yngve, a Norwegian adventure photographer who has fascinated us for several years now. Yngve was one of the pioneers of underwater fish photography, and as you will soon see in this interview he continues to set the standard for photos in that realm.
Flylords: Tell us a little about yourself?
Yngve: My name is Yngve Ask, and I am 41 years old. My name is a super hard name to pronounce, so most just call me Bob. I live in Norway, own a farm with a small trout stream on it. I have a beautiful wife, two children, and an awesome dog! Over the last 20 years, I have traveled the world shooting photos and films – fishing has been an integral branch of my career. Flylords: How long have you been fly fishing for?
Yngve: I stopped 9 years ago, and have only held a camera since. I get the same kick out of hooking a trophy fish as I do when I get the trophy shot!
Flylord: How long have you been shooting photography for?
Yngve: Got my first DSLR camera at the age of 14. and have never looked back since. Got my first Underwater housing 20 years ago when I started doing split shots, on film.Flylords: When did these two passions cross paths, what do you think they have in common?
Yngve: From childhood, I loved fishing, hunting, and camping. But I was pretty much the only guy, so I ended up doing it on my own. Taking pictures was a way to tell the stories from the trips I shared with my friends. And that is how it all started. Flylords: What was the last fish you caught on a fly rod? What fly were you using?
Yngve: Don’t remember, but I remember the last fish I photographed!
Flylords: If you were trapped on an island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, and you had to bring one camera, one lens, and one fishing rod, what would your choices be?
Yngve: Ohhh. Nikon D5 a 24-70 and I would easily change the rod for a UW housing and a wide-angle! Flylords: Some people have said you were one of the first photographers to master the half underwater fish shot, is this true? How has the technology in underwater housing changed since you first started?
Yngve: Well I was inspired by a sailboat picture I saw more than 20 years ago. I had also seen some early attempts by a Danish photographer JP Poulsen – when I got my first Subal Housing for my Nikon F5 I began shooting underwater photography on film. I believe these were some of the first in the industry, if not the first!
Flylords: Favorite all-time fish to target on a fly rod?
Yngve: Atlantic Salmon and Brown Trout.Flylords: Tell us about your company Scanout, do you have any new projects you are working on?
Yngve: Well we are working on the European side of some amazing brands, Like Leatherman, Led Lenser, Stanley, Crispi boots etc and some destination stuff.Flylords: Craziest fishing trip you have ever been on. What made it so wild?
Yngve: Probably my first trip to Russia ice fishing. It involved burning down a sauna, vodka, stuck in a car in a blizzard on the tundra, a bar fight in Murmansk and great fishing.Flylords: Drink of Choice?
Yngve: Water when working on location
Cola zero in an insulated Stanley cup working in the office
Craft beer when relaxingFlylords: Book Recommendation?
Yngve: Harry Potter, because JK is the best storyteller of all time.
Flylords: What is next in the world of Yngve YasK?
Yngve: Next for us… tell more stories, take more and better pictures and have fun while doing it.
You can find Yngve on Instagram at @_yngveask