Arctic White

2018-2020

I first journeyed to Swedish Lapland (or "Sápmi" as it is called by the Sami people) in the summer of 2000, when I was just 19 years old. Experiencing the Swedish mountains had a profound impact on me. Written in a notebook from this journey is “I feel divinity in these landscapes with mountains of rock of the deepest black, valleys of moss and shrub of the lushest green, small streams with the clearest water, and the most ethereal light. I don’t believe in a god, but I believe in the divinity of these landscapes.” Since then I have returned year after year, continuously expanding my understanding and photography of these ever-changing Nordic landscapes.

Arctic White is a collection of photographs from my journeys to Lapland in winter time. Winter in Lapland can be harsh and photographing them quite the challenge. On some expeditions, I have experienced nothing but strong wind, heavy snowfalls and -30°C for days on end making photography almost impossible. I have been thrown off my skis by wind gusts so strong that the only thing that you can do is to try not to fall on something hard that may hurt you. One the opposite end of the spectrum, I have also experienced beautiful light weather with warm temperatures that have lasted for a week or more. The one thing I know, is that the arctic winter provides some of my favourite landscapes to photograph. 

© 2023 by Jonas Paurell.

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