Lofoten - a different way


Dr Martina Melzer, published: 06/24/24


Lofoten in March. In the past, that typically meant: Snowstorms, wind, lousy weather, great moods and, if you're lucky, a few hours of sunshine. But the past is not today. The climate changes, the weather, the people, the world. Me too.

On a trip at the beginning of March, the weather on the northern Norwegian islands was very unusual: practically nothing but sunshine for a week, almost no wind, sometimes even sea fog. Actually great. A dream. But what about all the stormy moods, the snowdrift shots, the pictures by the sea with slow shutter speeds and wispy spray? The motifs are all in the photographer's brain...

Well, you just have to adapt. Think up new subjects. Don't do what you always do, do something different. And look, it works! Reflections, foggy moods and everything else you can discover in the Lofoten Islands:


And what did this trip have to do with self-confidence, as announced in the introduction? I have largely recovered from several long-term illnesses that have weakened me immensely. I could do less and less. I was too exhausted, too weak. At some point, I also had to give up my beloved trips. I couldn't do it anymore. It was too exhausting. This year, after a break of several years, I ventured back on a plane with my partner for the first time: to the Lofoten Islands.

And it worked! Admittedly with some restrictions and some bruises. But - I - was - on - the - Lofoten!!! Even with photographic equipment, sometimes at the wheel of the rental car myself, with many more adventures than I had hoped for. It gave me so much confidence back - in my body and myself. Yes, I can make it back to life. That's great.