Norwegian photographer Christian Houge came across Barentsburg, a Russian coal-mining outpost in the far north, by chance in 1983 during a snowmobile trip. He subsequently returned several times to document this life seemingly untouched by time or the external world.
In his panoramic photographs Houge captures the isolation and melancholy
of the community living in its preserved 70s style of design, and the
contrast between the epic white arctic landscape and the coal that is
extracted from it. The spectacularly bleak photographs measure two meters
More recently, Houge has spent four years photographing the Norwegian
island of Svalbard, located between Greenland and the North Pole.
Houge's Arctic Technology series explores man's search for knowledge in
a primal arctic landscape that is known as one of the cleanest places
on earth. Enormous technological structures enable scientists to study
climate change, sea levels, atmospheric pollution and space itself, and
represent man's search for meaning and communication.
Houge's large format panoramic photographs capture antenna fields used
to measure the earth's atmosphere and satellite receivers which send and
receive invisible information from space. Several were photographed in
pure moonlight using very long exposure times, becoming almost religious
monuments to man in the endless arctic landscape.
Christian Houge has had numerous exhibitions in his native Oslo. In 2004-05
he received two year-long grants from the Department of Culture and the
Norwegian Artists Fund.
FeatureIsolaton and Arctic TechnologyChristian Houge makes large-format panoramic photographs to capture the stark beauty and melancholy of a remote coal mining town in the far north of Russia and some high-tech outposts in the Arctic.View Images
Isolaton and Arctic Technology
Christian Houge makes large-format panoramic photographs to capture the stark beauty and melancholy of a remote coal mining town in the far north of Russia and some high-tech outposts in the Arctic.View Images
Isolaton and Arctic Technology
Christian Houge makes large-format panoramic photographs to capture the stark beauty and melancholy of a remote coal mining town in the far north of Russia and some high-tech outposts in the Arctic.
Arctic Technology: Antenna Forest
Arctic Technology: Snowballs
Arctic Technology: Dish in Moonlight
Arctic Technology: Seeing-Outlook
Barentsburg : Petrol Pump
Barentsburg : Antenna
Barentsburg : Smoke
Barentsburg : Lenin
Barentsburg : Worker of the Year
Barentsburg : Therapy Wall
Barentsburg : Theatre
Barentsburg : Heliport
Barentsburg : Radiator
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