The Beauty of Places Where There is Nothing to See
Words and Photos by: Julia Wellner
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.
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
so full of life, structures, details, colours, and nuances