wind chill: -15°C
wind speed: 8km/h
wind direction: easterly
At 10.07am the people of Tromsø and one snow head gathered with white light filters to watch the solar eclipse. The birds stopped singing, the temperature dropped, the light dimmed and our snow head froze solid. A very nice new friend gave us his spare light filter that we attached to the top half of our camera lens to capture the moon slide in front of the sun creating a 94% solar eclipse. The bottom half of our camera recorded our snow head in bright Arctic sunshine, into icy solar twilight, then gradually back to a beautiful, crisp, clear day.
After a quick dash into a warm coffee shop to thaw out our camera batteries and our fingers we re-made our head again inside a beautiful old band stand in Tromsø centre square ready to film Klaus, an actor who works in the city. In a conversation with him earlier this week we discovered that Klaus writes a blog called Climate Klaus about tips to live a green more sustainable life. Klaus told our snow head his tips in Norwegian.
Chatting after filming, Klaus told us about a project he had worked on recently called Our Synthetic World for Tromsø’s Polaria. The ‘voices’ of a polar bear and a glaucous gull explain how climate change is affecting them, accompanied by an animated film. We of course had to check this out for ourselves so we left Klaus and walked over to Polaria with our equipment.
Like every single person we have met in the Troms the girl working in Polaria was so friendly and keen to help us. Not at all fazed by us bringing the head inside and setting up our equipment we got to work capturing the seals, the children playing, the gull’s story and an ice instrument installation.
Back at our hostel we decided that we must see a little of Tromsø’s Friday night life so we joined some of the hostel staff at a local bar to let off some steam, Norwegian style.
Holly Owen & Kristina Pulejkova