a glimpse of the world…..

Words & Images by Elmoon Iraola-

I grew up in Northern Norway in a little town named Kirkenes, which is only a few minutes away from the Finnish border. Kirkenes is surrounded by a beautiful nature and flourishing wildlife. The winter there is long, and at times harsh to be honest. The days feels shortened due to the absence of daylight. Despite this, there is a beauty in the serenity and peacefulness winter brings, unlike anything else. And let’s not forget about the northern lights, the captivating aurora borealis. Seeing the lights high above your head dancing with such grace almost makes you believe in magic. This reveals how beautiful the world truly is.

Spending my youth up in the North gave me unique experiences and treasurable memories, but this would just be the starting point, as my hunger to discover the world increased with the years and I moved to the capital city, Oslo. I was honestly curious about urban life which gave the feeling of “rush” in the daily life. Shortly after, however, I began yearning back to nature and its calmness. I firmly believe that the landscape of my hometown had a greater impact subconsciously than what I initially thought. I had sincerely developed a higher appreciation for being out in the wilderness than ever before, but my studies forced me to stay in the big city. This is the reason why I’m inspired to explore new places, in Norway and beyond.

So I decided to discover more of the vast landscapes in the West of Norway, that is known for its many fjords, and that’s for a good reason. Glaciers, the creators of the deep and captivating valleys carved out these creations through erosion over several decades. After experiencing everything from the mesmerizing fjords, the powerful Vøringsfossen and to the turquoise waters in Lovatnet, I went on to explore Lofoten and Senja in the North. Standing before the mighty Segla in Senja and the mountains in Lofoten left me in total awe. There is nothing more powerful than to stand amongst these giants. The overwhelming feeling of humbleness is almost addictive to put it mildly. Nothing makes me feel more grounded, calm and connected to nature. But the most powerful experience so far is without doubt my visit to Iceland and the Faroe Islands last year. The first visit made such an impact that I simply had to return shortly after. The raw, unique and fierce landscapes stole my heart away and left me completely speechless.

Witnessing Drangarnir in the Faroes for the first time was such a surreal moment for me. On the day of the hike it had been pouring rain all day with fog so thick that you couldn’t see much of the surroundings, and there was no stopping the wind. My friend and I concluded to venture on with extreme caution. I found the last part of the hike to be somewhat sketchy as the trail was extremely slippery. The view we were rewarded with was inarguably worth the difficult hike. Finally, seeing that place with my very own eyes was a special moment which I find challenging to describe. The emotions I was experiencing standing there before Drangarnir are inexpressible.

Another unforgettable moment which made me appreciate the blessings I’ve been given, was in Iceland:

It was early in the morning and still dark, and as we opened the door we were met with a snow blizzard. Our car for the trip was completely covered in snow and we could feel the coldness creeping in. As we drove towards our first destination, Black Sand Beach, we didn’t dare drive faster than around 40 km/h. The snow was gushing on our windshield and made it difficult to see clear of where we were driving. We drove onwards with great caution and made it to our destination safely. We sat in our car awaiting for the weather to improve, and I remember feeling discouraged about the weather conditions. Any hopes for decent shots just sank straight down. However, to my big surprise it turned out to be one of my favorite moments from that journey. The adventurous feeling of striving our way through the total whiteout was a true adrenaline rush. It made me forget about all about hectic life. There was a tranquility to this blizzard which is rare to find these days; I truly felt alive. I mean, aren’t moments just like this what life is all about? Life is easily filled up with busy schedules, and we’re always on the run. We tend to either plan days ahead and live in the future, or dwell too much in the past. Living in the present almost becomes a rare treasure. I believe we can do our bodies, souls and minds a favor by taking a pause more often and embrace the smallest beauty and goodness there is in life and nature.

As a photographer I learned that there is so much more behind the scenes than just taking a good “shot”. I´ve been given the chance to meet so many interesting people and creative minds. I´ve had the opportunity to exchange and share ideas, happiness, peacefulness and incredible moments with amazing people from all around the world – and for that I´m forever grateful.
Photography has shown me the importance of living in the present, appreciating nature and not taking life or our earth for granted, in other words, a life- changing experience, without a single doubt.

© all pictures Elmoon Iraola with kind permission

Dear readers. Hope you are all doing well! Learn more about this young contributor of our print edition  here. Take care! Melanie Kettner

Vittra – The Scandinavian Light

Words & Images: David Hjortsberg-

She comes and goes as she pleases. Luring me into comfort and then ripping her beauty from under me when I least expect it. She lingers on too long and appears too suddenly, catching me off guard and full of wonder. She is a singer and a song, a painter and a canvas, a dancer and the dance itself. She transforms and restructures even in her absence. Me, and everything around.

I have been following her all of my life. Sometimes knowingly – with a childlike curiosity. Sometimes – as a silent passenger alongside her. But always with a certain fascination; however subconsious it might be. She plays a part in all my childhood memories. Setting the mood, amplifying the details, acting as the storyteller in what I am trying to recall.

When I close my eyes and think of home, of places that genuinely make me feel at peace and harmonious, she is the ultimate bearer of truth. The maternal caress. Everything she touches connects me to this place and the men and women that walked here before me. She has a certain class and grace that is unlike anything I have seen in this world.

She brings me back to the places I love, again and again, showing them to me in new ways every time. Always soft to the touch, with just enough strength and warmth to invite in new ideas to the familiar scene. She holds my hand and keeps me company, never letting me feel alone in the dense forest and the cold vast landscapes. Her presence smoothes out the sharp edges of the city and her radiance drenches out the noise of the busy soundscape.

Her fabric shapes my thoughts and my sentiment. She picks me up and she brings me down. Keeps me calm and gets me excited. Lets me reflect and look for answers to questions deep within. We are one and the same. We dance together in joy and in grieving. And when she goes into hiding for long periods of time, as do I. Only to emerge when the nights grow shorter and the days longer. She is the healer and the protector of life, and the comforter of the weak.

© all pictures David Hjortsberg with kind permission

More of this poetic essay in our print edition Vol.1!

More about David here.

Take care dear readers! Melanie Kettner

in the deep north is a place

Words & Images Linus Bergman-

In the deep north is a place. A place very different from others. This is a place where rock formations, hundreds of meters high, meet the sea.
It’s a place where nature almost feels untouched.
In summer the sun never leaves, in winter it never shows. Blizzards of snow. Rain running wild. Foxes playing in mountain corners. Deer carelessly walking man’s road.
Some people call it home, some people call it a dream.
This is the place known as, Lofoten.

It was once known for its fishing. Nowadays the biggest income is tourism. Which is not surprising, cause it doesn’t matter how many times you travel to this place.
The tiny red cabins, with the snowy mountain peaks as a backdrop. With four seasons in a day.
It will make you speechless.
Every time.

I visited this place many times in summer, experienced the serene beauty of the midnight sun, before deciding I wanted to know what’s left when the tourists are gone. What I noticed through the years, is that the place has lost its empty roads , as they are often too crowded with cars and tourist buses even in winter.

Lofoten is still a place that is distant but not unknown to people throughout the world. In a way, it remains mysterious. Lofoten has not yet been a part of commercialization as much as other parts of the world. I hope this stays that way.

Not that I mind and don’t want people to experience this beauty, but I have a belief that we need places like this, that are not yet “normalized” and explored fully. Land that can be a part of one’s fantasy. For young people to still be able to dream of exploration like I did in my younger years, to realize that the world is still a place for which questions can be asked. This may be its greatest value for the generations to come.

I grew up imagining our world as still unexplored. I loved to hear stories about adventurers and places untouched. I used my fantasy to travel to distant places. As I became older my thoughts went from Tintin to explorers like August Andre, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir and thinkers that made me realize that the world within is just as big as the one “out there”, like Lao Tzu.

Recently while writing in my journal, I got an understanding of why I choose to travel to this far away places, why I sit in the car for 30 some hours alone. It’s stillness. It’s silence I’m looking for, and not the silence you imagine while standing alone on a mountaintop, but rather the silence and stillness within oneself. Even though one can find it anywhere, I noticed for myself that these trips to Lofoten and places similar give me a chance to experience myself.

Oslo, big cities are common at this stage of life. Music, cars, people, advertisement and phones are all a part of our daily and usually hectic life. While they are useful, it’s easy to switch on autopilot, forgetting that moments in a room alone while doing nothing, or standing in nature with no thoughts,  are necessary for our souls. These moments let us become a bigger part of ourselves. As the Nordic paradise has done for me.

So the “Nordic Paradise” is a project for which I hope people can take a break, maybe for minutes, maybe for hours, to experience silence for a brief moment.

© all pictures Linus Bergman with kind permission

More about Linus here.

Stay tuned dear readers regarding our print edition Vol.1!  Take care! Melanie Kettner

norway: fjell og himmel

Words & Images Samuel Han-

Travel has been a deeply engrained part of my life since I was born. My family and I moved around constantly, never really being able to settle down and put our roots somewhere. It was hard growing up but as I got older, it became an immense benefit to my future, because I loved to travel. As a photographer to see new places doesn’t always mean having to travel to new countries, but I was blessed with the opportunity to move to Sola, Norway for over six months volunteering at the YWAM Rogaland base.

Norway was a different challenge than I had ever faced before, I had never seen a fjord and had hardly heard about it. So getting to photograph the mountains, sea, and sky was a perfect combination, harmonious. I admit, it may be quite gloomy in the winter, but the winter gives you such a gratefulness for the light. To cherish the limited amount of light you get, to explore and be outside in a serene and sublime landscape. To wake up with the sunrise overlooking a fjord covered in snow and just barely being able to spot the houses of villages below. Sunrise and sunset seemed to last a lifetime as I drove around mountains and through tunnels.

There is a certain reverence for nature that I see in Norway that is difficult to see in many parts of the world. They live with the nature, and the nature isn’t a place that you take a vacation to go to. You live and abide in it.

With the world constantly expanding and trying to find new ways of living, preserving the very thing we come from is becoming more and more essential. I don’t photograph landscapes to give myself pleasure or others pleasure, but to show that these places are beautiful only if preserved. We as humans could easily destroy the nature… and many of us already have. Once we strip nature of what it is, we can never recover the same nature as we once had, it is impossible.

Solitude in serenity. The vast greatness of nature gives me something you can’t get in cities and towns, solitude. To be alone and yet, not completely alone. It allows me to get away and clear my head of the overwhelming thoughts and just relax in the beauty of what’s around me. Nature can do something that most can’t, just being in its presence can calm your soul, to rest.
I use my personal work to give myself rest and peace. Especially living in New York the last few years, it is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of it all. My personal work slows me down, to place myself back where I was in the vast expanse of nature. I hope that I can only do a fraction to help others in also slowing down and taking in the environment of the photo, to feel how it felt to be there and be in the moment.

© all pictures Samuel Han with kind permission

Sam is based in New York, follow him on Instagram here.

Melanie: As you may have heard: We are planning a printed edition of Northletters Magazine Vol.1. Photography today is mostly seen in tiny formats on fast moving media with a very short term of existence. We believe that pictures need PRINT. We want Northletters to be a platform for talented young photographers to have exposure, to be seen i.e. on a coffetable, maybe in a bookstore or even in libraries of universities, where fine art is culture. So, stay tuned dear readers and take good care! Yours, Melanie Kettner


between land and sea

Images: Henrik Emtkjær Hansen &  Words: Melanie Kettner-

When we seek some peace, we normally leave the city heading towards the Wadden Sea. The family of my grandfather hails from the Northern Sea. Just a few weeks ago, for New Year’s Eve, we went there and at night we stood in the garden, directly at the Wadden Sea and nature reserve, listening to those many bird voices, seemingly millions of them. Our dog stood immobile, fixing the darkness and harkening to the voices from the Wadden Sea. He obviously was under the spell of the wilderness. For me, there is no better way to start the year, than being so close to the wild nature I derive from. Henrik’s images from the National Park Wadden Sea in Denmark mean a lot to me, as they are  reflecting my deep home feeling.

The Wadden Sea is a national park in Denmark and Germany, declared from the UNESCO as World Heritage Destination. The Wadden Sea National Park has a huge ecological importance as the world’s largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats. National Parks are pieces of untouched nature, where nature may develop freely, without human interference– here in the North not just the animals and plants are preserved, but also the typical landscape with its tidal flats and tidal creeks, dunes and salt meadows. It’s really magic to observe this landscape from above, it’s like an endless painting, which is never quite the same, as the sea is changing it constantly.

The German Wadden Sea fulfils different international criteria for protected areas and was identified as United Nations World Heritage and United Nations Biosphere Reserve. Here you live between between the land and the sea, the landscape is formed by the salt marshes, the tidal creeks, and defined by the dunes and the sand banks. The tidal flat forms the meeting point between land and sea and and the flood dictates your day, your walks. On stormy days it’s always such a wonder, when from our house all of a sudden you see the sea coming up the bay. The tidal flat surfaces are flooded twice a day at high tide, the tidal range is three metres. The tidal creeks form the connection with the open sea.

The tides are really impressive, but the Wadden Sea is the flawless and quite water, in no other place in Germany and Denmark it is possible to encounter so many migrating birds. I remember days in summer spent on a completely lonesome and peaceful meadow near the Wadden Sea laced with wildflowers, laying in the sun and listening to the sound of nature. Simultaneously on the other site of the isle where we spend our holidays, there is the turbulent ocean with high dunes and huge waves on normal days.

Henrik’s series about the Danish Wadden Sea perfectly displays the pureness and quietness of this calm area. And they remind me of the feeling of being apart from the turbulences of daily life. You sense the might of nature there when you have a walk in the still dark morning, hearing the millions of bird voices, the storm hauling with the wild sea so near. I think we all need some roots and the reassurance of belonging to a place. And I have this sensation when we come over the huge dunes and suddenly the rough Northern Sea displays all its majestic and wild indomitability, surely unrulable.

I remember the stories my grandfather told us about the the big flood from 1962 where the sea revealed its dangerous site. The homes of about 60,000 people were destroyed.I guess all the families deriving from this area have there stories that are told to the coming generations on cold winter evenings while drinking tea near the fireplace. Maybe therefore I prefer staying in the Wadden Sea area for its peaceful and meditative character.

More information about the Wadden Sea here and here.

© all pictures Henrik Emtkjær Hansen with kind permission

Follow Henrik on Instagram here.

An inspiring week for you, my dear readers! Have a wonderful time! Yours, Melanie Kettner

welcome to the north

Images: Davide Rostirolla/ Words: Davide Rostirolla & Melanie Kettner-

Davide: Iceland is known as the “Island of the Ice and Fire”, where nature rules over man and sets the rhythm of life. There are 330,000 people living around the island, but it is only when you get out of the city that you see the wonders that this fantastic landscape has to reveal. The island is not only Ring Road, Blue Lagoon or Golden Circle, but has a lot more to offer. I left from Reykjavík, heading north towards Akureyri and Húsavík passing through Borgarnes. The journey continued to Egilsstaðir and the east fjords, Vopnafjörður and Borgarfjörður Eystri. With the bad weather, the fog and dirty roads overhanging the sea I seemed to be a character of some ghost stories, but these were the sensations and moods I had been looking for in Iceland.

I had not expected a lot of sun, not even in August, but that didn’t matter, Iceland reveals the best of itself with a dark sky and rainy clouds. Don’t be surprised if the weather changes completely in just a few minutes, this is typical in the Northern European countries. I explored the island from South to North, from West to East trying to find its wild side. In a few kilometers you can drive in the middle of nowhere, you can find houses under a waterfall, you can stay silent to admire glaciers and hear their beat, you can walk on black sandy beaches or on lava hills covered by a green coat. Welcome to Iceland, welcome to the North!

Going around you will easily understand that it is a continuously evolving land where the beautiful landscapes can easily change shape and appearance. Here, nature always wins. The road trip continued through the Vatnajökull National Park, Jokulsarlon and its icebergs, the black beach of Vík and the southern part of the island. Driving along a few unpaved roads, I reached isolated and completely out of time places. There, walking under the rain in a windy and foggy day, a lunar landscape and a wild land suddenly appeared in front of me. In Iceland it’s rewarding to get lost, because then you find yourself, in peace and harmony with nature.

© all pictures Davide Rostirolla with kind permission

Melanie: As Davide said, sometimes getting lost in some way is rewarding. We loose sight of our controlling intellect and have to find a new orientation. This often is helpful, as in some cases we need to change direction. We tend to choose always the same compass point in mind, we select the same patterns when deciding in life and these patterns often aren’t based on our own soul needs, but are automatically chosen based on our childhood experiences, learned models or society influences. They can lead to inappropriate problem solving techniques. Thus, sometimes it is wise to push the reset button in our mind and to get rid of thinking patterns that obviously are repeating themselves in our life and aren’t very helpful or aren’t even our own. When we are brave enough to leave the habitual and unfruitful paths, trying different and soul nourishing routes in our life, we will be rewarded.

More about Davide’s work here. Take good care my dear readers in 2018! Yours, Melanie Kettner


the endless shapes of nature

Images: Gustav Willeit. Words: Gustav Willeit & Melanie Kettner-

“For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed.”
Blaise Pascal

Gustav: The sublime according to Immanuel Kant is the sense of awe that man feels when faced with the greatness of nature – when it shows its more peaceful side, but even more so when unleashing its dreadful forces, making each and every one of us feel our smallness, our extreme fragility, our finitude. Yet at the same time, right when becoming aware of that, we intuit the infinite and realize that our soul is capable of far more than our senses can grasp.

Gustav: The mountains, depicted in their architecture of incredible variants and infinite chromatic shades, unveil another essential yet invisible element: silence – the kind of silence inviting the viewer to listen to it. This silence is not disturbed by the presence of the human figure, which is placed in these landscapes like an attempt to present a familiar and graspable element. Yet the effect is quite the contrary: the human figure is not reassuring but escapes reason by raising a feeling of senselessness.The choice of composition is expressed in a harmony of lines and volumes. The shots are set in the wild lands of the North: the dimensions broaden, vast deserted areas stretch among rocky formations. A straight line is separating the plains from the mountains. The latter rise towards the horizon, which is still intangible, seeing it as a chromatic distinction from the sky is impossible.

Melanie: Silence. Probably the most important inspiration we can get from the encounter with nature. Due to the outer noise around us we aren’t capable anymore to find our inner silence regularly, a place where we can find some quietness, peace and regeneration. We do need this silence more than we know. Often these days people fear the solitude and stillness. We should face them, as we need to be in harmony with our own strong parts that foster us best. We don’t get to know them if there is too much noise around us.

Melanie: “our soul is capable of far more than our senses can grasp”, Gustav has written. This is so true.We often underestimate our own capabilities and inner or outer resources. And at the same time we overestimate the power other persons have on us with words or deeds as well and what an impact difficult experiences have on us too. We can learn a lot from nature in this sense. Nature is regenerating soon, nature has a strong will to fight, nature is full of pride and self-esteem. We should concentrate and trust on our positive energy without focusing too much on bad events, bad news, fears, future.

© all pictures Gustav Willeit with kind permission

Really touching Gutav’s work. Very Interesting is Gutav’s  series, named PERSPE, originated from a fragment of the German word “Perspektive” (perspective), it’s a statement alluding to the composition work, which is based on digital technology. The artist traces an unnatural perspective that is  invented, that creates “different” places, thus reaching perfect symmetry often disrupted by a discordant element. Absolutely stunning to learn more about it dear readers:

More about Gustav’s impressive work and his wonderful book here and here.

As every year we are having a break in December. I love it when the rhythm of time is getting slower before Christmas. I’ll be back in January. Take very good care of yourself my dear followers! Happy to hear from you, thanks so much for all your kind messages! I’ll be back in January. Yours, Melanie

the hidden place

Images & Text: Minna Rissanen-

Because of my childhood experiences, a close connection to nature is an essential part of my identity. Hiking trips with my family, where I learned to embrace wilderness, launched me on a lifelong journey. I live with the environment and landscapes, observing them and reflecting on my observations. I wander the forests by myself or with my dogs, shooting fowl in the woodlands and the taiga. All my roles give me a wide perspective, which makes the landscape a wonderfully rich experience.


The main theme of my photography is the experiential nature of landscapes, which I approach by spending time in the great outdoors. Going slowly—a stone’s throw away from my home or further, off the beaten track—I survey the matter of terrains. Bushes and thickets, forests and open uplands inspire me to an adventure with images. As a visual artist, I prefer photography as a vehicle of expression. The camera is an extension of my body and a document of my experiences. A swift medium that catches the moment, photography is the optimal medium for me.

Making art and leaving for the outdoors are similar experiences for me: I feel inspired and look forward to what is going to happen. I approach the landscape from the perspective of a human, phenomenological geography, which examines experiences, emotions, and meanings related to places. I am awed by the objects of admiration that ordinary-looking terrain and environments can offer. I try to find the boundary between the imaginary and the real. My focus is on something I like to call the hidden place. When looked at again and again, with an open mind, a hidden place discloses new visual scenes. A familiar hidden place is not empty or uninspiring for me. With my photos, I reflect on the concept of a place as a lived situational experience. In addition to its properties that can be perceived through the senses, I explore the images, atmosphere, and genius loci—the spirit—of a place.

My interpretation of the landscape is not based on movement only, while documenting the passing and changing view. Instead, my photographs also transmit the feeling of a standstill and immobility. The northern, Arctic environment, both natural and cultural, is my spiritual home and frame of mind. The visually fascinating Utsjoki area in the northernmost Finnish Lapland and the Varanger Peninsula in northern Norway attract me with their silence. Surrounded by the rich nuances and forces of nature, life is uncluttered and simple and allows living quietly in the moment. Utsjoki and Varanger are not far apart, but their sceneries are widely different. A sparsely populated upland, bare or covered only by dwarf birches, changes into a green pasture for sheep and then, closer to the Barents Sea, a void and barren moonscape. The Sami native region is a fascinating mixture of contrasts and variation. The cultural variety, changes in the seasons and weather, and variations in the amount of light attract the eye to the landscape over and over again, unforeseeable and puzzling.

© all pictures Minna Rissanen with kind permission

The North enchants and, like a physical force, has infected me with an incurable Lapland madness. Photography is my way to empowerment and longing. Melancholy is a feature of my imagery. I watch the open sea and the infinity opening from the top of the fjeld. Slightly melancholic and sad, I examine the landscape using a “romantic look”. A romantic look, for me, is a peaceful and personal, spiritual relation between the experiencer and the object. When examining the landscape, I notice I am looking at myself. The landscape is my experience and my mirror.

Minna is a visual artist from Finland, specialising in photographic art. Her work has been on display in art museums all over Finland. Items from her photo series Herbario Mystique will be shown in the Lappeenranta Art Museum in Finland as part of the Kaakko2018 exhibition in early 2018. Herbario Mystique is an intimate praise of plants—blossoming, withering, and dead—and the mystery of nature. At present, she is working on her Vuonnabahta photography series (working title).

More about Minna here.

Take good care my dear readers, follow us on Instagram in the meantime for more inspiration here.

Yours, Melanie Kettner

ethereal sceneries

Images: Maegan Brown. Words: Maegan Brown & Melanie Kettner-

Maegan: Through my research, Iceland looked so unfamiliar and the landscape so visually diverse, I was instantly captivated and knew I had to get there. My partner and I travelled around the whole of Iceland for two weeks in winter, where we slept in a Jeep Wrangler and lived off baked beans, tuna and hot chocolate. Most of our adventures usually involve us being uncomfortable or in sub 0 degrees Celsius, so roughing it for two weeks in the middle of an Icelandic winter seemed completely normal. It was the best way to experience Iceland as the freedom allowed us to be more spontaneous and flexible with how and where we spent our time.

Iceland is a really incredible place, it’s extremely beautiful yet dangerously powerful, defined by its dramatic landscape with massive glaciers, volcanoes, geysers and geothermal hot springs. The sheer size of the mountains and volcanic landscape made me feel small, which I absolutely loved, because it provided me with a fresh perspective of how big the world is and how tiny our individual lives are. I think it’s so easy to get caught up on the small things in life, and it’s very easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of content we’re consuming every single day… sometimes you just need to get away somewhere remote, away from all the noise and just hit reset. We could all do with a gentle reminder to broaden our minds and not sweat the small stuff – it’s incredibly refreshing and liberating! Being amongst the Icelandic landscape and sleeping in a 4WD, I really experienced the true force of nature (the strong chilling winds, snow etc) and it heightened my senses. It made me feel completely alive and vulnerable – I felt alert, free, terrified, anxious, liberated and calm. You realise that nature is much more powerful than mankind.

Melanie: Wilderness and lonesome nature endow you with a distinctive peace of mind as it shows us that we are not as omnipotent as society is suggesting us. This omnipotent conceitedness is delusive and misleading and main source of all the different faces stress is inflicting on us. If we aren’t as mighty as it erroneously seems, we can trust fate, fortune or the true force of nature and our veritable inner voice. So, then we can relax as obviously it isn’t up to us to decide everything in every single situation. Sure, planing and organizing and in the end deciding is an important part of our practical life. But our society is definitely exaggerating in this direction and people have forgot to let things evolve, to let time unfold the direction we should follow.

Nature is the most impressive reminder to keep in mind, that deciding is nothing we can manage exclusively with our intellect. It isn’t wise to push forward and react immediately to every single stimulus. Sometimes it is far better to take your time and wait. Wilderness forces us to accept to hold on, as we have to consider simple facts as darkness, freezing, guidance and solitude. While looking at Maegan’s breathtaking pictures it crosses through my mind, that art obviously has the same power as nature to remind us of pausing and contemplating.

© all pictures Maegan Brown with kind permission

Maegan is an artist located in Melbourne. More about her otherworldly and magic work of untouched and deserted landscapes here. Her eye captures abstract patterns and textures found within etherial sceneries, often taken from aerial heights, these mysterious and otherworldly compositions challenge our senses beyond the familiar.Follow her on Instagram here.

Take good care dear followers! Yours, Melanie Kettner

observing the traces of humans

Images & Words: Joakim Blomquist-

Whenever I travel I bring my camera with me, at all times. Travelling is by far my biggest motivation and inspiration. The people you meet and the new environments you experience is for me the trigger to do more work. My main priority when documenting my surroundings is observing people and traces of them. For many years now I have been documenting the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. A lively beachwalk with tourists all year round but also a natural promenade for people resident in Nice. What interests me is the everyday life and the contrast between the people living here and the visitors. The clash of the extravagance and the ordinary.

I am also curious about what happens to this kind of destination when the beach restaurants have closed and when there’s rain instead of sunshine. During autumn and winter there aren’t much people and tourists. But still, the ones that are there, they go out regardless of the weather. I am now working on new projects exploring new destinations but also to dig deeper in human’s prescence in nature. The behavior we have when travelling is extraordinary and the need to document our stay is remarkable and often quite funny. The interest in beach environments started in Nice some years ago. People are very relaxed and in their own universes not aware of their surroundings. I also think that it is aesthetically beautiful. The images displayed here are all part of my photographic journey.

© All images by Joakim Blomquist

Joakim Blomquist was born in Zurich, but he grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden. He currently works as a photographer and Creative Director in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg and has studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts in London. He has been photographing all his life but has developed his photographic expression during the last ten years.

More about Joakim here and here and contact him for inquiries: joakim@joakimb.se

He had several exhibitions in the last years in Sweden.

Hope your are all well dear readers! Take good care! Yours, Melanie Kettner