On this page I display a collection of completed or on-going photo projects with common denominators.
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THE GREENLAND SLED DOG - CULTURAL IMPORTANCE AND GENETIC HISTORY
Qimmeq is an interdisciplinary project combining cutting-edge research with visual communication of high standards. The project aims to show the importance of the Greenland sled dog – both in present-day Greenland and in the past. Carsten Egevang is participant in the project as photographer with special focus on documenting the use of the sled dog in today’s Greenland.
Greenland holds the Arctic’s largest remaining sled dog population and a globally unique traditional dog sled culture. But both the sled dog and the culture that goes with it are threatened by extinction. The dog population has been reduced from 31.000 dogs twenty years ago to a present low of less than 15.000 and the situation is growing worse. Decreasing sea-ice cover due to climate warming and competition from snowmobiles is hold responsible for the present alarming situation.
The sled dog and its cultural history thus presents itself as an excellent and timely object for an interdisciplinary survey where anthropology, archaeology, genetics, and biology are integrated to provide a holistic, comprehensive and detailed picture of its history, role and importance. Due to its character and fame the sled dog will also provide an excellent platform for the engagement of the public and schools using web-portal, film, still photography, exhibits, and events as venues.
The six most important goals of the Qimmeq Project
Collect and research knowledge about the Greenland sled dog, its genetics and culture history
Encourage, create and sustain interest and pride in the sled dogs and the surrounding culture and thus help sustain a viable sled dog culture for the future.
Help secure a genetically healthy dog population.
Share knowledge and research results, develop communication tools, and disseminate results within the Greenlandic and the arctic community, and globally.
Full fill the goals of Greenland Perspective.
Be a role model for future research projects beyond the Qimmeq project.
in the North Atlantic
SEABIRD HARVEST - a project about seabirds and subsistence harvesting in Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The project combines expert knowledge on seabird ecology with the photography of Carsten Egevang.
The project unites expertise of seabird ecology with intermediary visual representation of worrying developments in the Atlantic seabird populations, as well as the unique Nordic lifestyle around seabird harvest.
The project aims to highlight and raise awareness of how changes in the marine environment have negative impacts on seabird populations - which is expressed through the traditional seabird harvest. Seabird populations in the North Atlantic have undergone significant declines due to changing climatic conditions and/or through a non-sustainable use, and the traditional and culturally important seabird harvest is today strongly threatened. The project wants to convey the unique Nordic way of life in the region's peripheral zones, the conflict between population declines and exploitation of sea birds and the important position seabird harvest still holds in the Nordic region. The project involves expertise from Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, and run for three years, and its primary output is a book publication and communication through a designated website.
Participants are Carsten Egevang, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Bergur Olsen, Faroe Marine Research Institute and Aevar Petersen, formerly Icelandic Institute of Natural History. The project has received funding from Nordic Council of Ministers.
LIFE AT THE EDGE
LIFE AT THE EDGE is both a published book and a photo exhibition.. Through Carsten Egevang’s evocative, high-quality black-and-white photographs we get a rare glimpse of the daily existence and living conditions for the inhabitants of one of Greenland’s most isolated towns, where a traditional lifestyle centred on hunting still dominates.
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.
ICE COLD HARVEST
Ice Cold Harvest is the title of a new series of photos of Greenland photographer Carsten Egevang. Through evocative black and white photos traditional hunting and fishing in the surroundings of Ilulissat in western Greenland is presented.
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.
COLONY is a portfolio by Greenland photographer Carsten Egevang from the Thule area. The image series shows colonial-nesting seabirds in the harsh environment, which occurs in this northern part of Greenland.
"My intention with the pictures in COLONY is to show the rich birdlife found in northern part of Greenland - a world few people have the opportunity to experience. The images in the series are taken when I participated in the biological field work, where I usually spent longer periods of time at the same location. This means that I have had time and opportunity to experiment with my camera - with some different nature photos as a result." says Carsten Egevang.
The Thule area has the richest birdlife in Greenland, and where most of the country's other bird populations generally undergo a decline, the Thule populations seems to be stable. The Thule area is very sparsely populated and despite the fact that traditional hunting remains widespread the human impact on bird populations is minimal.
The main explanation for the rich birdlife is found elsewhere. Despite its northerly position far to the north, the Thule area is extremely biologically productive. In the early summer months, a true explosion of life takes place - starting as a bloom of small diatoms, which propagates up the food chain. This abundance of food forms the foundation of the rich bird populations in the Thule area, which in a short, intense period using the area during the breeding season.
fAAr 2450 is a new series of photos from Carsten Egevang with sheep in focus. The photo project consists of 35 black and white photos that in different or surprising ways portrays some of the most urban sheep in Denmark.
In 2014 I became a sheep owner - a little by accident. I signed up for a sheep's guilds, whose purpose is to take care of 30 sheep close to Copenhagen. I must admit that I found it difficult to see the purpose of the newly acquired title - it was not just because I think the lack of things to do in my daily life. But over the past year, I still come to love the curly-haired creatures, and which has resulted in the photography project "fAAr 2450 ".
I've always been of the opinion that the sheep must have been at the back of the queue when animal brains was awarded. I 'm sorry to say that the many hours spent with the sheep, has not really altered that perception. I think that it is in their eyes! If you look a sheep in the eyes is one damn doubts whether there is activity on the other side. However, I have benefited greatly from animals in the sheepfold, located few hundred meters from where I used to live. My almost daily trips have meant a welcome break from the work in front of computer screen, and in the same way sheep have served as a meaningful destination for my boys 11 and 15 years, who also spend far too many hours in front of a screen. The sheep also acts as a consumer of old bread and vegetables due date in the household, and so has the slaughtering of animals means tasty meat for stews and sausage.
Where I have had most delight of sheep is however as extras in front of my camera. My photographic activities are generally carried out in Greenland, where nature is magnificent and endless beautiful, and the Arctic iconic species like polar bears and whales are in the viewfinder. It may seem paradoxical to spend time on photography of something as unsexy as pets on an abandoned landfill when one is accustomed to nature photography in some of the world's most wild and pristine nature. But the sheep has served as a kind of "dry training" for my trips to Greenland. The nature area on the tip has achieved the status of a kind of "photographic playroom" where creativity can flourish freely and where always there, opposite Greenland, is guarantee that you meet "wild" animals. With a little stale bread in your pocket is no problem to get close to the sheep, and to get a sharp picture of a sheep is easy. With these optimal conditions, I could experiment with different angles, and I played with fast shutter speeds that create motion blurred pictures. I've tried me forward with or without a flash - even dragged a flash plant out on tip, and I have consciously worked with a shallow depth of field in the pictures. The sheep has thus helped me to try new photographic techniques of under conditions similar to those taking place "in the wild".
ERIK - and the herons
Erik Andersen – aka The Heron Man – has developed a special relationship with a group of wild birds in Frederiksberg Have, Denmark. This B/W photo project is the result of visits in the Copenhagen park over a two-year period.
Although “The Heron Man” sound like some kind of super-villain in a Marvel comic, Erik is proud of his nickname. He started feeding the Grey Herons 17 years ago, and over the years he and the herons has developed a unique bond. Through sounds, whistling and signs Erik can make the large birds perform at his command.
The Grey Heron is a common, wide-spread bird species in Denmark. Normally, the large bird expresses a shy behavior towards humans. But with a ton load of patience and plenty of food Erik has learned the herons that they need not to fear him and that they will receive a treat whenever they do as he tells them. The herons will patiently await the arrival of Erik at the main entrance of the park. When he finally arrives they will follow him around leaving no doubt that they can recognize him and his whistling sounds.
Frederiksberg Have is one of the oldest parks in Copenhagen and The Heron Man visits almost daily throughout the year. Erik spends around 100 US Dollars per month out of his own pocket on fish and meat for the herons. In addition, he spends a considerate amount of time in the nearby supermarkets hunting for the best offers on items reduced in price.
I lived close to Frederiksberg Have for two years and would often brought my camera when I went for a walk. I would usually meet Erik and listen to his many stories about the herons. A little fun-fact about Erik: He has more than 1600 James Last albums …. Erik is truly a Copenhagen character!
PAIN & MUD
A portfolio shot in a single day during “The Burnout”.
Extreme runs or obstacle runs – competitions where you complete a track with changeling obstacles – are becoming more and more popular in Denmark. Extreme runs are not only practiced by elite athletics but has a broad appeal to the average exerciser.
The NORDIC RACE – The Burnout is an 8 km run with a total of 80 obstacles held at a motor cross track near Copenhagen.
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
Images from the 25 year anniversary Chin-Gu Full Contact galla.
I was the official photographer of the kickboxing event in Copenhagen where there was several title fight on the fight card. In this kind of work, it is very much a matter of getting the moment right and freeze a punch or kick in time. This portfolio, however, show another type of images from the ring corner …
WELCOME TO THE ARENA
A portfolio featuring images from a thai box turnament.
Every weekend in the tourist season, Thai-boxing fights takes place on the island Koh Lanta in western Thailand.