Back Where I Belong: An Adventure Above the Arctic Circle
Stronger than ever after the 400km trek around Annapurna I had the chance to experience last spring in Nepal, I could certainly not stop like this. Once adventure grabs you by the guts, odds are that, as a drug, it will eat you from the inside. Then the only thing your body and soul desire is to leave the comfort and routine of daily life to go back into the wild and live in the worst conditions, to feel once again plainly alive. Some will name this ‘addiction’ or ‘madness’; but most of the time those people have never really had the chance to experience such a thing. In my opinion ‘passion’ would be the right word for what else than passion would push a man beyond his limits without any obligation? What else than passion would force a man to live one month in a tent over the Arctic Circle waiting for wind and rain to stop, allowing him to shoot a few snaps of an ephemeral instant that will only catch the attention of a few persons? Finally, what else than passion would constrain a French to eat semolina and pastas three times a day for one month without even a drop of wine? ;)
For that is Passion that pushes me to leave, alone with my tent, to photograph once again the beauty of the famous Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway, beyond the Arctic Polar Circle, during the whole month of october. In the end, the program will include rain, wind, cold but also probably some unforgettable moments when, laying in my tent after a two days storm, the sky will finally clear for an instant offering me the gorgeous show of the green dancers, the northern lights.
A one month solo adventure then, quickly followed by a month and a half a bit further in the north on Vesterålen Islands where I will be helping, among others, in the renovation of an old lighthouse into a guesthouse. Another opportunity to fulfill ma passion for Norway, my second home, and to discover another lost place in this country among its inhabitants…