The Yellow stone / Odessa / Ukraine / 15.11.2019
A large yellowish orange piece of land like a slice of cake separated from the ground. We’re looking out towards the sea as a rock pushes its way into the water, to its lair. The Black Sea used to cover a much larger area than it does today. At the bottom of the sea, calcite formations have formed from pressed shells and other sea creatures. And so, in a nutshell, limestone was created. The perfect building material. The Black Sea has shrunk to its present size, and a beautiful landscape of steppes has emerged into the open. And then, on the whim and stubbornness of Tsarina Catherine II, Ruler of Russia, a city and a port were established. Due to the lack of other building materials, limestone was cut from the ground, and natural corridors were formed on several levels to a depth of 6 meters. The carved out blocks were rearranged above in the form of beautiful villas and tenement houses. This is how Odessa came into being. A city built from the bottom of the Black Sea.
Nordsenskiold Glacier / Spitsbergen / Norway / 05.09.2019
Only a glacier that is thousands of years old can have a green hue. In the sun, white becomes colourful. On cloudy days, it’s grey. The wall of ice like a rock seems strong and hard, yet every now and then you hear a bang like a gunshot and a piece of the wall falls into the sea. Thousands of years of history captured in ice returns to its original state. To the water. The cycle of life. You came from water and to water you return.
Sławka, wife of mine, melding into the rock of the glacier.
Each photograph used during the journey stops being luggage, changes its destiny, takes on a new life. It creates a unique travel sack with a story in the background. Always just one. One shot, one sack. Luggage (no excess)