Going with the Grain
"I've been here for 12 years now and I love it, we're like a family. I used to work closer to home, but there aren't many of these jobs around now. I wanted to make something I could feel proud of, not slippers being knocked out cheap.
I have developed an uneasy relationship with the mountains, largely due to an accident I had in Chamonix three winters ago... Eventually, I could not resist the pull; their raw, unforgiving and slightly sinister beauty.
There is silence as we eat. It’s the best meal I had in 2017
(and I review restaurants).
Yesterday was exactly a year to the day that my dad passed away. In all honesty, I wouldn't have known if I hadn't been told.
We knew powder snow wouldn’t be on the cards. It would be like asking for a vintage bottle of 1921 Dom Pérignon champagne in a Blackpool bingo hall.
Our expectations were never that unrealistic.
But the conditions were wonderful all the same. The snow had a sublime Goldilocks quality to it: not too firm; not too soft; but just right.
I have never learnt this much in such a short amount of time. Living on a remote island is very different than living on the mainland! We have no cars, only two tractors. I have learnt how to shoot with a rifle and to use safety precautions in regards to polar bears.
The changing attitudes toward sustainability in wider society have made it easier for people to understand the position Klattermusen has taken for over 40 years that sustainability holds much deeper values than just a solid construction.
We are trading 2 minutes of convenience today for the health of our planet. But the fact is, the planet will survive. This isn’t about the planet. Its about people.
Choosing what to feature is a constant challenge. I try to post new photographers where possible, and I’ll always post a less known location over one of the classics. I have two objectives with selection; helping people discover new locations and helping great photographers get the recognition they deserve.