In early February I took upon an adventure to Lofoten islands in Norway. I had seen pictures of breathtaking landscapes, beautiful mountain peaks, secluded beaches and bays but nothing could prepare me for the winter’s tale that unravelled before the lens of my camera and the encounters I had with the people there. So it is not surprising that I have trouble putting this experience into words. The final destination of the trip was Reine – a village of 300 inhabitants, consisting mainly of red and white fishing houses, secluded by golden mountains, embraced by the chilling northern sun. A frozen piece of paradise. Getting there was not easy, but those difficulties made this trip an adventure.
In my opinion the islands of Lofoten are one of the most tempting places for photographers.
I needed a couple of days to get used to light and colors which seemed supernatural and as if from another place and time. My human senses needed time to adjust to the beauty that surrounded me. I constantly asked myself “Why does everything seem so fascinating?” One of the reasons is the Sun. The sunlight is so low in winter that it creates marvelous sceneries and together with the constant chilling wind gives life to breathtaking sights. A big part of this are the fjords themselves. Covered by snow they act like giant diaphragms which redirect the light to different objects on the landscape – houses, roads, mountain peaks and water. The sunrise and sunset are so long that with one photo session you can make enormous amounts of pictures with a vast variety of colors and lighting. It is essential to act fast when shooting because the light changes very quickly. Every village is blessing for the landscape photographer. You rarely see local people, but I did this makes me feel even more blessed!
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