Almost at the North Pole | Eva Lie
Eva Lie is a Swedish freelance photographer and artist. Her passion is to tell stories about real life and take pictures that focus on the individual element, whether it's for a personal project or a commercial client. Eva now lives in her hometown of Helsingborg on the Swedish west coast, but has previously worked as a photographer in Stockholm and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
We are delighted to be able to share some of Eva’s spectacular pictures from her trip to Vardö in northern Norway!
Five days in snowstorms and sunshine. The artic zone. Vardö, northern Norway.
“When my friend and colleague Margit and her husband decided to leave Oslo in the autumn of 2018 and settle in Vardö, Finnmark I immediately felt that I wanted to go there and visit. It was something attractive and exciting with just the name - Finnmark. The landscape is Norway's last outpost to the north. The next land area beyond that is the North Pole.
A number of other photographer colleagues followed and together we flew from Oslo to Kirkenäs and from there with Hurtigruten the last bit, a four-hour boat trip to the island of Vardö and the town with the same name. The easternmost urban area in Norway and the only one in the Arctic climate zone.
The strongest impression I got from the days in Finnmark is the light….And the snowstorms.
With short breaks, as if they were breathing for a short while, they returned with full force 24 hours a day. In the short pauses when everything became silent, the sun sometimes appeared and created a wonderfully beautiful light.
I was also very emotionally touched about my visit to the witch museum in Vardö. During the years 1600-1692, 91 people were burned to death here - almost all of them women. The museum is located on the rocks by the sea where the executions were carried out. It consists of a 125-meter-long building made of fabric and built inside a wooden stand. It is inspired by the local wooden stands that have been used for centuries in northern Norway to dry fish. Inside you can read about each person's history, what she has been accused of, by whom in the village and how she was executed. Next to it is a cube-shaped building of dark glass with a sculpture of a chair in which a flame constantly burns The flames reflect their light in large mirrors above. It was a very strong experience to get there. Architect Peter Zumthor, design by sculptor Louise Bourgeoise 2011.”