Photo project

LIFE AT THE EDGE

The people of Scoresbysund truly live their lives at the edge. The town comprises the outer limits of human habitation in the sparsely populated regions of north-eastern Greenland. The nearest inhabited area lies 800 kilometres to the south, and north of Scoresbysund is the world’s largest national park. The people of the isolated Scoresbysund also live perilously close to the edge of a subsistence minimum. Supplies from the rest of the world are scanty and hunt is more important here than elsewhere in Greenland. The people of Scoresbysund live at the edge in yet another, quite literal sense: the ice edge. At the mouth of the world’s largest fiord, Scoresby Sund, the ice edge is present six months per year. This transition zone between the solid ice and open waters is of enormous biological significance and constitutes the basis for the area’s wildlife.

 

LIFE AT THE EDGE was published as book in 2012 and the photo exhibition traveled in Denmark and Greenland between 2013 and 2016.

Gigant caught in ice
Gigant caught in ice

Iceberg caught in the sea ice in Scoresbysund Fjord. © Carsten Egevang

The Ice Edge
The Ice Edge

The ice edge is a biological hotshot and where the animals are found. © Carsten Egevang

Hunting for seal
Hunting for seal

One seal - fout hunters and ten shots. But the seal made it alive. © Carsten Egevang

Polar bear hunt
Polar bear hunt

A male polar bear has been shot close to the town of Scoresbysund. © Carsten Egevang

Fixing the dogs
Fixing the dogs

© Carsten Egevang

After feeding the dogs
After feeding the dogs

A ringed seal has just been butchered and the dogs fed. © Carsten Egevang

The hunters cabin
The hunters cabin

Small huts can be used as stopovers on long travels for hunting. © Carsten Egevang

The hunt
The hunt

In May and June ringed seals come out of the water to rest on top of the sea ice. This means the start of an exciting form of hunting where the hunter sneaks up on the seal all dressed In white. © Carsten Egevang

Eider hunting
Eider hunting

Common eider (Somateria mollissima) hunting in the spring. © Carsten Egevang

Old and new
Old and new

Mobile phone and dog sled meets at the sea ice. © Carsten Egevang

On the road
On the road

Dog sleding off Scoresbysund. © Carsten Egevang

Seal hunting
Seal hunting

A hunter is carrying a seal out side the settlement Kap Tobin, Scoresbysund. © Carsten Egevang

Arctic highway
Arctic highway

Tracks from dog sleds, snow mobiles and ATVs outside Scoresbysund. © Carsten Egevang

Camping on the ice
Camping on the ice

Guns are keept outside the tents throughout the night. © Carsten Egevang

After the hunt
After the hunt

Ringed seals are skinned after a hunt in Scoresbusund. © Carsten Egevang

Goose down
Goose down

In Spring Barbacle geese (Branta leucopsis) migrate through the Scoresbysund area. © Carsten Egevang

Hunting in snow
Hunting in snow

© Carsten Egevang

In the cabin
In the cabin

© Carsten Egevang

White out
White out

Snow storm during dog sleding. © Carsten Egevang

At the ice edge
At the ice edge

© Carsten Egevang

Dog fight
Dog fight

© Carsten Egevang

Arctic hot spring
Arctic hot spring

Close to Kap Tobin there is a small hot spring with temperature of 61,5 degrees C. © Carsten Egevang

Paw of Polar Bear
Paw of Polar Bear

© Carsten Egevang

On the look-out
On the look-out

© Carsten Egevang