Rasmus Hjortshøj takes a photographic journey through the Lofoten Islands' landscape.
Lofoten is an archipelago streaching out from the Northern coasts of Norway. The islands give a great introduction of themselves as they tower in the distance when approaching them from main land. Like an 800 meter tall living wall of ancient bed rock it shoots up directly from the sea and is subdivided into islands, fjords, bays and beaches. So extremely dramatic and intensely beautiful. For millennia, the warm waters of the Gulf Stream have kept these shores ice free during winter and habitable by humans. This has not only sustained life since the first settlements here, but has also made this remote place one of the most important fishing grounds of the Western World. Something you see evidence of wherever you travel in the archipelago with a vernacular that seems directly expression through the fishing tradition. Nowadays, more and more tourists come to the archipelago to admire the stunning landscapes effectively transitioning the area into more and more a tourism economy.