We are two photographers and about to start a round trip by car through states bordering the Baltic Sea. The focus is kept on the implications of mining in Scandinavia. Our aim is to create an illustrated book that documents the life of the affected hermits and their circumstances in form of photographys and short texts. Join our blog on www.baltinavia.com and follow us from the beginning.
In the middle of march we start a three-month tour. With a self-upgraded box wagon we go to Northern Europe. The plan is, in spite of adverse weather conditions, to spend the nights mainly in the car and travel in solitary areas. From Dortmund we start our tour towards Poland. After the Baltic states we take the ferry to Finland and go further north in Scandinavia.
Our main interest is mining in scandinavia because it's regarded as a very lucrative area for the mining of raw materials. The interest of large mining companies in this area is growing steadily. For this reason, there are currently about 1,200 drill samplings to locate places for new mines. By gigantic mining areas a lot of jobs are created, entire workers cities arise. As a side effect the rural exodus of residents should be reduced. The nature suffers heavy deforestation due to the extraction of raw material. Scandinavia's wide nature, that we all love so much, is on the verse to lose its attraction for many decades. The great economic potential through tourism is in danger.
The main topic of our photo documentary work while traveling is going to be the people who are affected by the Scandinavian mining. People live close to nature and respectful towards their environment. Alarmingly big parts of Lapland could become mines in the future. A lot of landowners have already been forced to leave their property. Not only reindeer farming but also tourism would lose its importance in the future. Nobody knows whether the gorgeous mountain scenery and primeval landscapes will still exist in ten years. That's our motivation to capture the current state of things for the residents and their ways of living and coping with the situation.
The series of photographs and texts that arise in the course of the project, we want to summarize in a illustrated book at the end. Parallel to our trip, we blog on www.baltinavia.com to keep you up to date.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
The goal of crowdfunding is to finance the production of a book. That takes a lot of money. We worked a lot to earn enough money for the trip, but for the book we require way more. And that's why we need you!
If you have a preference for good photography, like Scandinavia and the nature, are interested in the economy or just into getting to know interesting people, then you will experience an extraordinary journey with us.
Why would you support this project?
The moment we realize our dream to be bound a long time for the nature has finally arrived. Scandinavia is the best area for us to combine our preference for nature and our vocation: photography. For us there is nothing better than working that long on this project. We want to get to know many hermits and tell you about them with our series of photographs.
You have the opportunity to follow our work steadily. This is provided by our blog www.baltinavia.com. By the "rewards" you also have the opportunity to really get what we actually work towards including our work in the form of our illustrated book.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
On the basis of our photographs and texts, we want to create a good summarised result from this tour and realize a tangible illustrated book. It should not be a photo book from the drugstore. Therefore good paper must be bought, which will be treated in a professional printing press and then be bound. Only like this we can achieve a satisfactory result. That's why we need funds - with your help!
Since the creation of the "rewards" and especially the book takes a lot of work, we need time. After we are back in Dortmund in the middle of June, we start designing the book. After that we transmit the finished layout to the printing press. Also the postcards and prints we will assemble then and finally send them directly to you by mail.
Who are the people behind the project?
Sebastian Hopp and Stefan Fercho, two photography students from Dortmund. More details about us you can find on our profiles by clicking our faces on the right side. There are also our websites stored, where you can check out our previous works.