A large treasure of images has accumulated through 17 stays in Spitsbergen, mostly over several months, between 1997 and 2010. It has been an idea for a long time to combine a selection to produce a photo book. Now it has finally happened, and the result is there. 152 colour images show all the diverse, beautiful sides of Spitsbergen: from Bear Island in the south to the Seven Islands in the far north, from the driftwood-covered beaches to the highest, glaciated mountains, from whales over seals, walruses and polar bears to the abundant birdlife, from the fascinating ice to the small, colourful beauty of arctic flowers, lichens and stones. Some impressions of the history complete the collection.
ISBN: 978-3-937903-10-1 · Paperback · 21,0 x 14,8 cm · 360 g · approx. 160 Pages · 152 colour photos
This photo book features the images prominently, as they speak for themselves. Each one is accompanied by a little map that shows where the photo has been taken. A short introductory text in 4 languages (German, English, Dutch, Norwegian) soon gives way to the photos, that dominate 152 out of 160 pages. Comprehensive explanatory text including a lot of general information about Spitsbergen with its landscape, wildlife etc. can be found elsewhere (see the guidebook Spitsbergen-Svalbard).
The photos show impressions of the beauty and diversity of arctic nature with its landscapes and scenery, the wildlife, flowers, and light. By showing and documenting this, at the same time they inform about many of Spitsbergen’s different faces, from the sea to mountain peaks and through different seasons from the (near) dark period to the midnight sun.
The photos invite to enjoy and to dream. They may inspire new plans or wake up pleasant memories. They were taken during ship-based journeys as well as skiing and hiking adventures.
152 out of a total of 160 pages are dedicated to the colour photos. The choice of the landscape format for the A5-size pages follows the proportions so often displayed by arctic scenery with its endless horizons.
spitsbergen photo book (gallery)
Click on thumbnail to open an enlarged version of the specific photo.
Opposed to other photo books which are often produced as cheap souvenirs, „Spitsbergen – Cold beauty“ has been produced at a print shop in bicycle-distance from the author, to enable close cooperation during the time-consuming process of careful digital image development. Author/photographer and printer have spent a lot of time together to reproduce the original colours of nature in print as much as possible.
A short word about image processing: similarly to good old slide film that needed to be developed if you want to see more than a piece of plastic, digital imaces have to be processed to reproduce the original colour and atmosphere of the natural reality at the time the camera clicked. The author guarantees that photos have been carefully developed, but in no way manipulated: they do not show anything that has not been there. But everything they do show has been there at the time. They show the arctic reality as seen by the photographer through the lense.
The book comes for as little as 25 €* plus 4 € shipping to Europe outside Germany (see table on order form in case your order comprises more than one book and for overseas destinations).