ICE COLD HARVEST
In April 2014, Carsten Egevang followed local fishermen Kim Hansen and Ringo Mathiassen deep into the World Heritage Ilulissat Ice Fjord. Motor driven transportation is not permitted in the area, so the trip was traveled by dogsled. The goal of the trip was the fishing grounds in the northern part of the Ice Fjord, where long lines for halibut are set in the winter months.
In the photo series Carsten Egevang continues his photography style of the project LIFE AT THE EDGE with black and white photos, where the traditional Greenlandic fishing is in focus, and images of high contrast, unusual angles and unconventional cuts. "I want to create some different pictures than the usual photos you usually see from Ilulissat area. The Dog sledge is really a working tool, and not just designed to carry tourists. In spite of the area's natural beauty, it is a tough life being a fisherman and hunter in Ilulissat, when the weather turns bad or the temperature falls below minus 25 degrees," says Carsten Egevang.
Ilulissat Ice Fjord is visited annually by tourists in the thousands from all over the world that come to admire the scenery. And the natural values of the area are really the title of UNESCO World Heritage worthy! The Ice Fjord is a unique site on our planet, and absolutely comparable to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or Yellowstone National Park in the United States. But what few tourists probably think of is that the Ice Fjord is also a place of work (perhaps the world's most beautiful work site!) where local residents throughout the year harvest from the nature. Most importantly is the halibut fishery conducted either from boat, or in the wintertime from the sea ice, where the long line is set through a hole in the ice. But the area is also rich in ringed seals, which live in the inner parts of the fjord. The seals may be shot from the boat, shot lying on the ice in the spring months, or caught in nets under the ice. In addition, the mainland near the glacier rarely visited by humans, so here are healthy populations of arctic hares and ptarmigan.