A new friend told us that there was a fishing boat bringing in its catch to a tiny harbour called Oldervik, north of Tromsø. We mentioned to him a few days ago that we really wanted to film our snow head with fishing boats in the background and he came back to us with the time and location of a friend’s fishing boat arrival.
We took the local bus that sped past the coast, an intense seascape of deep grey Arctic ocean and bright white mountains dotted with rust red barns and homes.
Jumping out at Oldervik we had only moments to cast the head and set up the camera before the boat came in. We switched places a few times to catch the action of the men at work surrounded by hungry seabirds.
Oldervik is an incredibly peaceful place.
Back in Tromsø we met with Flor. Similarly to our project her Phd research is concerned with the effects that the GMO maize industry has on Mexican society, culture and environment. She is developing a way of using art to express how farmers who grow native maize are affected by the growing GMO industry. On Saturday she will talk to our snow head in a spot in Tromsø that is special to her.
Holly Owen & Kristina Pulejkova