the endless shapes of nature

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.… read more

the hidden place

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… read more

ethereal sceneries

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… read more

observing the traces of humans

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… read more

fragments of poetry that survived

fragments of poetry that survived

Images: Petros Koublis & Words: Melanie Kettner and Petros Koublis- Words: Melanie Kettner: Derek Jarman changed my world. I bought his book „Derek Jarman´s Garden“ in the 90s. Since then I carried it with me, can’t tell how often I read… read more

finding myself in front of the silence

finding myself in front of the silence

Images & Words: Olga Segura- I have always been very shy. I liked to be alone in my room drawing and imagining my stories. I loved listening to piano music while I wrote down all that passed through my mind… read more

another planet by Morgane Erpicum

another planet by Morgane Erpicum

Pictures: Morgane Erpicum & Words: Melanie Kettner- Iceland is a country full of ancient stories, fables, fay, and nordic spirits. It looks like an island of another and mysterious planet, the moon maybe or a region where some other beings… read more

delicate fables of our soul

delicate fables of our soul

Images: Silvia Perez Zarza & Words: Melanie Kettner- When dreaming we get in contact with the unconscious, trying to tell us what we cannot see or feel or understand when we are awake. When we are busy with our daily… read more

once upon a time, there was an artist

once upon a time, there was an artist

Words & Images Laura Lereveur- ‘THE MOMENT YOU DOUBT THAT YOU CAN FLY, YOU CEASE FOREVER TO BE ABLE TO DO IT- CLAP IF YOU BELIEVE!’ – Peter Pan It’s quite the confession. Summer has always been my favourite, the time I… read more

so small as we really are

so small as we really are

Images: Matthew Tucker & Words: Melanie Kettner- I will never forget the moment I first saw whales on the South African coast. It takes your breath away und you have no words to describe the pure and wild joy about… read more

the elderflower season

the elderflower season

Words & Images: Camilla Jørvad- The warm quiet mornings have returned, and I can once again enjoy my morning tasks: morning training and walk with the puppy, feeding and letting out the chickens and weeding the veggie garden without having to… read more

connecting with whales

connecting with whales

Words & Images: Bernodus Oli Einarsson- I was only 15 years old when I had the first chance to work with whales at a company called Whales Hauganes, that was the point where I started feeling a deep connection to… read more

a place where I feel complete

a place where I feel complete

Images & Words: Fran Mart- Miles and miles have passed since I decided to move to the UK, and so many wonderful things have happened. I found the right path, the right guy to walk it with, and we’re making… read more

just north of summer

just north of summer

Words & Images Norbert von Niman- It is those days when you’re walking on a glacier, everything around you in full black and white except your friends yellow raincoat, wearing three layers and still getting cold. You are still waiting… read more

a world full of untold stories

a world full of untold stories

Words & Images Frederique Peckelsen- Not all summers are the same. Whilst most people use summers to lay in the sun and typically relax, for me summer is a time to explore and discover. I have the freedom to visit… read more

silently transforming the landscape

silently transforming the landscape

Images Ewan Thompson – Text Ewan Thompson & Melanie Kettner Ewan: There is nothing everyday about Namibia. The purpose of my trip to Southern Africa was primarily to visit the Okavango Delta in Botswana, but I was able to add… read more

after a while she talked to nature

after a while she talked to nature

Images: Eeva Mäkinen Words: Melanie Kettner & Eeva Mäkinen- Eeva Mäkinen is a photographer and a professional wilderness guide from Finland. Her passion is the wilderness and for her happiness is all about freedom. It’s also about waking up in… read more

the way we look on it

the way we look on it

Images Jon West & Words Melanie Kettner- Life challenges us all from time to time, some of us have to overcome harder defiances than others. In the end, changing perspective becomes the most important tool we can use to adjust… read more

moments that capture you

moments that capture you

Words & Images Josh Kempinaire- I’ve always been attracted by the North. I can’t really explain why, but I know that I like the cold, the snow, the soft light. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to got to… read more

a visual slowdown

a visual slowdown

Images Mária Švarbová – Words Melanie Kettner- It’s already a while, that I’m in love with this series of Mária Švarbová . I’m happy to share it now- I like the hint of summer, the delicate colours and the surreal, yet… read more

Finding your way...

Finding your way…

Words & Images Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson- I get an undefinable feeling when seeing something utterly breathtaking for the first time. My mind is blown away, and there is no way of replicating this feeling by revisiting the exact same place… read more

the power of a wave

the power of a wave

Words & Images Matthew Leonard- Growing up in a city in England I visioned the sea in a different way to which I do now. Back then I saw it as a non-inviting, closed-up and dark place. It was somewhere… read more

time is a weird thing-

time is a weird thing-

Words & Images: Caleb Gaskins- I’ve realized that some of life’s sweetest and truest gifts are found in the routines and normalities of the day. It is in the sitting down (whether I want to or not) and getting to… read more

conversation about the sea

conversation about the sea

My conversation with photographer Franca Perra about a life near the sea: I live with the northern sea and Franca comes from the sea of the south. Franca says, if you want to “meet” someone in the digital world, you have… read more

postcard from Norway

postcard from Norway

This week nordic summer inspiration with Davies Zambotti and her postcard from Norway. This beautiful series displays so well the nordic air with all its facets, the colour of the sea and the play between light and deep, chilly and… read more

the luxury to take time

the luxury to take time

Images: Morgane Erpicum Words: Melanie Kettner- To start an inspiring week we want to show you the delicate landscape photography of Morgane Erpicum. I love her soft tones and the message the images are holding. The light, soft, calm atmosphere… read more

Kim Høltermand's nordic vision

Kim Høltermand’s nordic vision

This week on NORTHLETTERS: Award winning architectural and landscape photographer Kim Høltermand from Denmark, based in Copenhagen. I like the cool calmness in his iconic artworks, his nordic clearness in lines, forms and colours. Northern buildings and countries are the subjects… read more

the colour green outside

the colour green outside

Images: Haarkon Words: Melanie Kettner- This week I’m enjoying the colour green outside. In Hamburg this colour is nearly bursting at the moment, luckily also at the centre, where we are living, the surrounding seems to be a giant park.… read more

the simple things....

the simple things….

The wonderful vegetarian food blog “Krautkopf” is my vegetarian inspiration at the moment, it is written by Susann and Yannic, two photographers from Berlin. They create simple, balanced meals for every day, a wide range of very creative and fresh… read more

Iceland by Jonathan Smith

Iceland by Jonathan Smith

Winter inspiration before Christmas break with Jonathan Smith and his wondrous images of Iceland- a truly magic land. He captures the colours and soft light that winter reveals in certain moments. Just let indulge without too much words:  © all… read more

"The stuff of life" by Hilary Robertson

“The stuff of life” by Hilary Robertson

For This weekend I want to share with you “The stuff of life” by Hilary Robertson, published by Ryland Peters & Small. The way persons display objects in their homes reveals a lot about themselves. It is a little bit… read more

A lonesome stone house....

A lonesome stone house….

Northern chilly summer sometimes is a challenge. But I really love northern summer with all its different faces, wind, storms, cool morning swims, fire on the shore. This wonderful feature shows the inspiring site of the light, smell, colours and… read more

summer time with Maia Flore

summer time with Maia Flore

A wonderful, inspiring and relaxed summer time dear followers! I will be back here 12th of August and drop over in between with some picture inspirations. Here already two of them: Summer feeling with Maia Flore. She is the photographer… read more

nordic summer inspiration....

nordic summer inspiration….

Summer holiday time comes nearer, therefore: A beautiful nordic summer inspiration with Photographer Charlotte Schmidt Olsen and Stylist Camilla Tange Peylecke about the nearly deserted Danish island ROMSØ  on the coast of Funen with only 8 cottages on it, used as… read more

"Gone fishing" with Mikkel Karstad

“Gone fishing” with Mikkel Karstad

Mikkel Karstad’s beautiful new cookbook GONE FISHING by publishing house LINDHARDT & RINGHOF is much more than a simple cookbook, it shows another way of life: back to basics, near to nature and our instincts in behalf of eating and… read more

born purely out of love for water

born purely out of love for water

Living in the nearness of water means a lot to me. Water is the essentially relevant element for the survival of the human species in many ways and it’s time to dedicate time to investigate this vulnerable topic. Water Journal, Volume… read more

ballet in her mind.....

ballet in her mind…..

My story for you for this weekend is Ballet in her Mind. Last time I wrote that it’s so important to take care of one`s dreams, to sense what may have importance in your life one day and to follow… read more

under a spell...

under a spell…

Inspiration for this weekend: Talented young photographer Marta Bevacqua from Rome, born in 1989 and currently based in Paris. Here are some of my favorite and stunning pictures, Marta kindly send to me. She already did a campaign for Romeo… read more

long hugs & honest smiles

long hugs & honest smiles

Words & Images Lukas & Eliska, Couple of Prague- We are Lukas and Eliska and we’re a wedding photographer duo from Czech Republic. We always have a camera in our hands. We were taking pictures on our first date and… read more

snowy landscape with mimosa

snowy landscape with mimosa

Inspiration for the this weekend: Young, poetic photographer Mariam Sitchinava, love the softness, colours and airiness of her images. Her female pattern is gentle, meaningful and full of tenderness. She kindly send me my favourite pictures, to share with you:  … read more

sugar powder On the roof

sugar powder On the roof

Young talented artist Anni Leppälä from Helsinki is currently living and working on a small island just outside the south coast of Helsinki. Her work has been exhibited since 2006 and right at the moment she prepares an exhibition in… read more

Oak The Nordic Journal

Oak The Nordic Journal

One of my inspirations for 2016: A life in line with nature. Therefore my first post this year is about Oak- The Nordic Journal, one of my favorite magazines about slow living, nature and nordic design. I chosed some passages for… read more

The first Christmas

The first Christmas

Inspiration for Christmas with dear Maria Fynsk Norup, photographer, writer and web  designer. She kindly wrote a guest post for Northletters about her life on a tiny danish island, where she moved to with her family to live a slower… read more

Breakfast at Christmas

Breakfast at Christmas

Love these calm morning moments, when the house is still sleepy, there is mist laying above the river and the sky is announcing a warm and soft sunlight. With my pyjamas, sweater and socks on I’m strolling through the rooms.… read more

Lights on the other side of the river...

Lights on the other side of the river…

This was a difficult week. In times like these we need some comfort and piece. So I wasn’t quiet sure, if I should write a blog post or not. But maybe to read this little story about Sweet Root can be… read more

Kinfolk- a home for what matters most

Kinfolk- a home for what matters most

Once we had a small cottage near the sea. What I loved most was the feeling of no man’s land, just the voices of the sea gull, the sound of the wind, a fire in the fireplace, no telephone, a… read more

A childhood inspired garden

A childhood inspired garden

“Cannot stop smiling since I tasted our own grown tomatoes for the first time this morning” Today I want to tell you the story of  Sigitas and Agne and their garden. They are the owner of the restaurant Sweet Root in Lithuania,… read more

A dreamy world- Frieda Mellema

A dreamy world- Frieda Mellema

For the weekend I want to share the poetic work of artist, photographer and stylist Frieda Mellema from Rotterdam with you: Her images are fragile, feminine, childlike, always unpredictable, with a playful, surprising and fresh element. It was really hard… read more

Mindfulness with the Chef de Cuisine

Mindfulness with the Chef de Cuisine

Images: Thomas Kettner & Words: Melanie Kettner Dirk Luther is the chef  de cuisine and director of the hotel Alter Meierhof at the Fjord of Meierwik, near the Denmark frontier. He received the best distinction from the famous restaurant guide… read more

Ilse Crawford: A Frame for Life

Ilse Crawford: A Frame for Life

„We want our public space to feel more human”- Ilse Crawford “A Frame for Life”, the inspiring book of Ilse Crawford, designer, creative director, academic and head of the design agency Studioilse in London, has the mission to put the human… read more