Driven by a deep desire to capture light in it's many and wondrous forms has led me to some of the most remote places on the planet.
Eventually arriving in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, bit a trip to get there as it's situated between mainland Norway and the North Pole, 78 degrees North. One of the world’s northern-most inhabited areas, it's known for its extreme glacial landscapes, some of the most dramatic landscapes you could hope to photograph, a bit of a photographers bucket list.
Those cute yet all elusive Arctic foxes, free range Polar Bears, the ones with an estimated sprint speed of 40 km an hour and weighing in at around 450 kg (close encounters are to be avoided at all costs) and those Northern Lights, the spectacular vision of energy formations in the sky.
SO THE STORY GOES
I had heard rumours that there was a surfer that lived way up here, I figured he must be the northern-most surfer in the world as there is no other human habitation between here and the north pole (except maybe Santa, pretty sure he's not a surfer though).
Before a surf trip I usually research, plot and follow charts closely to give me the most acute forecast of a pending weather pattern, a swell that's about to hit the coast somewhere in the world. On this particular trip to the Arctic Circle I thought I had pretty much covered the important details that I needed to know. Sure, it was going into winter, and yes, winter, way up north can be dark.
I thought to myself surely there would be some sort of light to play with but as you can see by this image, this was about as bright as it was going to get all day, everyday for the duration of the season. I took this with a 35mm camera at midday, which may as well have been midnight.
to be continued...
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