Greenland, Beautiful and Buffeted [photography]

Posted: September 20, 2010 in Photography
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Magic and melancholy. This is what Andrea Gjestvang found on her first trip last year to Greenland, a startlingly beautiful country with a struggling population; a place where round-the-clock daylight alternates with almost unbroken darkness.

The landscapes were extraordinary, but Ms. Gjestvang, 29, found she was unable to capture the spirit of Greenland’s people — mostly Inuit — to her own satisfaction. So she went back. Traveling alone, without an interpreter, she visited remote villages, living with families who welcomed her warmly into their homes.

She found traditional livelihoods disappearing as the market for seal fur diminishes and the fishing conditions change. “They fish through holes in the ice,” Ms. Gjestvang said, “but over the last 15 years the ice is freezing later and melting earlier.” [read]

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