I'm pretty sure I was destined for cooler climes - you only need to take one glance at my Scandinavian-looking skin/hair combo to work that out. Scotland, Iceland, Norway... I feel at home in these places!
A few months ago I decided to take a fairly spontaneous trip to northern Norway and base myself in the city of Tromsø to explore the arctic circle a bit, and to hopefully track down some of the native Sami people from the area. Although I technically fell in love with photography via landscapes (and I still love to shoot them), my focus and real interest now is people, their faces, their journeys and their stories. It turns out this Sami people have this a plenty!
I only managed to spend one day photographing with the fascinating Johan Isak Turi Oskal and his family, as I had caught the end of the season, just before they would then relocate back to the mountains; this particular group of Sami were reindeer herders, so they naturally follow the seasons. They were very hospitable to me, fed me well and told me amazing tales from their culture as well as their current up-to-date struggles with the government and oil conglomerates and their fight for land which is traditionally the Sami people's by right.
I left having learnt, experienced and with a deep thirst to return and to document the wider community as they adopt their traditions to modern life. Thank you for having me!
I also thought I'd share a few other images from the trip which sum up just a fraction of the beautiful sights I saw as myself and my film-maker friend explored relentlessly in the short time we had...