The Beauty of Places Where There is Nothing to See

Words and Photos by: Julia Wellner

jeniLogoSolo.jpg
 
high arctic landscape pink and white sky
 

Cities, monuments, streets, mountains, waterfalls, canyons - they all have names. Some have well-known names and receive a lot of attention and are what is called an “attraction”. Other places are less known and seem to have no names. They are often left aside and ignored. They are not seen.

I wonder how this happens? What makes one waterfall, city, area, or mountain the one thing to visit and admire? Who decides this? More than anything, why does a waterfall get so much attention while no one seems to see the hill it falls from?


It is a place that most people associate with a long and dark polar night, big glacier fronts, northern lights, and a certain white and wild animal. But there is so much more to see.


This hill from which the water falls it what I like to call a place where there is nothing to see. This nothingness has so much to offer. It might not always be evident at first, it might take a bit of time to discover - but it is worth it. The longer you look at these places, the more they reveal to you: colours, nuances, details, shapes, structures…and at one point, a whole new world has been opened up to you.

These photos were taken during the summer months of 2018 in and around Svalbard - an archipelago halfway between Norway and the North Pole. It is a place that most people associate with a long and dark polar night, big glacier fronts, northern lights, and a certain white and wild animal. But there is so much more to see.

 
blue ice cave high arctic
arctic mountain with ice and glacier
sea ice through a ship window in the high arctic
 

Fragments of Svalbard:

long winters and short summers 

and spring and fall are to find somewhere in-between

each season has its own beauty 

and they all have something frozen 

each season has its special places 

all very different

some accessible only at a certain time of the year

last snow and first snow

first light and last light

sea ice and no ice

glaciers and moraines

barren landscapes 

so full of life, structures, details, colours, and nuances 

 
calm ocean pink sky high arctic
sea ice in the high arctic
high arctic mountain landscape
white snow landscape of the high arctic
polar bear on sea ice high arctic
 
jeniLogoSolo.jpg
 
 
Letters From the Ends of the Earth is an online multimedia platform that brings the polar regions to you - through real stories, stunning photography, inspiring artwork, and informative resources. From Antarctica to the Arctic, Svalbard to South Georgia, this project shines a new and different kind of light on the unique experiences found at the Ends of the Earth.
 

Have You Spent Time in Antarctica or the Arctic?

 
 

Follow @lettersfromtheendsoftheearth on Instagram