Sunday, January 31, 2010

arctic sculpture: snow and wind and light

I've been to Nunavik again. Back to Kangirsuk for 2 weeks. This was my first arctic visit in winter and I was worried that I wouldn't connect to the landscape as strongly now that the rich tundra that I love so much was covered in snow. I was wrong. It's just as spectacular in the winter. The ever-present wind really packs down the snow so it's very hard and then sculpts it into beautiful abstract forms and textures which is enhanced by the amazing light. Here are some images I took while on a very cold walk (with wind chill factor it felt like -40C...that's the same in Farenheit!) on a beautiful sunny day.







12 comments:

mansuetude said...

i dream of place like this.

lovely and powerful, both.

Jo Horswill said...

Oh Kate, welcome home...these landscapes are amazing and beautiful.

lynne h said...

kate, these photographs are truly stunning. the shadow and the light are equally brilliant and clear. thank you... xo

Penny said...

Amazing shapes, lovely photos.

Uschi said...

OHH the light! The clear white light and the lavender shadows...how very very wonderful!!
And these structures! Pure delight to be out!

ArtPropelled said...

Spectacular landscapes, Kate. It must have been an amazing experience walking across this vaste whiteness to work every day.

Ronna said...

Really incredible shot Kate!

layers said...

these are simply spectacular and stunning in their minimal colors and contrasts of cold shadows and light-- they reminded me of your work-- minimal yet striking

jeane said...

you found the best bits :)

CTStudios said...

These sculptures are as amazing as the rock formations in The Grand Canyon, but so ever changing with the seasons. Thank you for sharing.

Rambles with Reese said...

What lovely shapes and designs nature makes with snow.

White may not be a colour, but it's luminating nonetheless.

Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos!

rachel awes said...

these photos have taken my breath away. the wind has blown both snow & me.