The stories behind
Back in October 2010, I was fortunate enough to be asked to deliver seven series of fine art prints (check my rates for fine art prints) for a regional hospital in Denmark. Through some back and forth working with the hospital, we found the right motives and colours that would suit the long hallways. Now that the prints are framed and hung, lots have been asking about where and when the photos are taken. So here are the stories behind.
All five photos are from Ilulissat, Greenland taken in 2006. The two top photos are taken right at sea level making the boats seemingly disappear in the maze of icebergs. The left and middle photo at the bottom are from a boat trip around the Kangia ice fjord. A highly recommendable trip. The last, right-hand photo is taken high above the fjord viewing it from a bird's eye perspective.
The second series
The Greenlandic flowers are a mix of photos from Nuuk and again Ilulissat. Despite being more than 80% covered in permanent ice, Greenland is surprisingly green at summer. A short Arctic explosion of color and smell. Coincidently, Greenland was given its green name by Erik the Red as a marketing plot to attract more Icelandics in the first European colonization of the massive island.
The third series
The top row of blueberry-like berries are from Qaqortoq in south Greenland. A wonderful place to visit. The bottom row of sunsets are from Ilulissat again. And yes, the sun really did produce the rich, over-saturated colors seen in the photos. Breathtaking.
The fourth series
The floral potpourri is quite the mix of photos from Osoyoos in British Columbia (top-left), a bouquet at home (top-middle) sprayed with a water mist for added effect, and a rain-drenched flower from Stanley Park in Vancouver. The bottom row of red flowers are both from Allan Gardens Conservatory in Toronto. All five photos are taken with the great Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR Micro lens. My favourite for flower shots.
The fifth series
Yes, this series is also from town of Tofino. A misty, rainy, sunny and altogether magical place. Raincoat and Wellingtons come standard with a room at the Long Beach Lodge Resort, and their cinnamon buns are worth waking up early for.
The seventh series
We end where we started, in unique, one-of-a-kind Ilulissat, Greenland. Well at least for three of the five photos. In the top-row, the left and right-hand photos are from a walk by the Kangia ice fjord. The middle photo is from a boat trip in 2005 around Narsarsuaq in the south of Greenland. An old US Air force base, Bluie West One. The left-hand photo in the bottom row is the skeleton of an Inuit kayak left to rot. It was just sitting there providing the perfect foreground for a photo. The bottom right-hand photo is of a sled dog in Sisimiut, Greenland patiently curled up waiting for winter.
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