Photographer's Note

You don't know where you've been until you've come back.
Or so it seems.

Will we know how far we've gone, before it's too late?

April is normally still a cold time in Northern Finland, beyond the arctic circle, in Lapland. This year the trees suffered from unusually heavy loads of tykky, also known as those extraordinarily beautiful views of snowy beings. Abnormally warm days combined with below zero nights have damaged large portions of the forests. The snow becomes wet during the day, gathers weight and then freezes over at night, remaining fixed in place, weighing down especially on young trees.

Across the road where I stood, the other side of this lake was still frozen, but looking back on the arctic hills of Pallas, the lake had given in to the warmer side of things.

The land I was born in; the hills I took 25 years to get acquainted with.

So often we run around the world, looking for that something no one else has seen, capturing sights and sounds, running after ideas and thoughts we believe will get us to that undefinable somewhere.

But what if we were already there?
What if we are right there, right now, right here?

On June 16th I leave for a trip to Asia.
I will land in Shanghai on the 17th and spend some weeks there, getting to know and hopefully better understand Life as it is experienced there. Then Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Siberia, and... then we'll see what next.

After 25 comfortable years in the cradle of an opulent West, I seek another approach to Life, another understanding of every breath we take in and let go of.
I seek to understand our specie better, to find different tools for communication, to listen, learn and grow.

When, or perhaps more precisely if I come back, then I will take time to know these hills, rivers, lakes and vast arctic landscapes better. Then perhaps I'll have gone far enough to see myself and the world from a clearer perspective. Then perhaps, I'll have shed my heavy loads and moved towards an unbearable lightness of being...

An advance Thank You to all those amongst You who take time to leave a comment and/or criticise!

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