The High North Tour 2021: When the Fishermen Left Nyksund, the Artists Moved In

Aleksander Nordahl on location in Nyksund. (Photo: Arne O. Holm)

Nyksund: Once upon a time, Nyksund was one of the largest fishing villages in the Vesterålen region. Today, artists and other creative souls have taken over what could have become an abandoned ghost village. This summer, renown photographer Aleksander Nordahl moves in to the disused fillet factory.

That is, not literally, but his photo exhibition does.

High North News joined Alexander Nordahl, currently photographer in the Norwegian daily Dagens Næringsliv, on his first tour of the premises that during a busy North Norwegian summer is to be turned into an art gallery.

He almost had to break in to the makeshift gallery before being excited by exhibition premises built and equipped for quite other purposes than his infamous underwater photographs.

“I am working on an exhibition called “At One Breath”, in which I travel the Norwegian Sea and hold my breath, freediving, while taking photographs. I get much closer to seals and whales and minke whales”, Aleksander Nordahl says.

Award-winning photographer

The exhibition opens in July.

Aleksander Nordahl is a photographer who has won a series of national as well as international awards, including the World Press Photo Award. Through the exhibition “At One Breath”, he brings us as viewers along on a spectacular underwater journey.

In the video interview on top of this page, you can watch Aleksander Nordahl as he breaks in to the “gallery”. (Subtitles available in English.)

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This article was originally published in Norwegian and has been translated by HNN's Elisabeth Bergquist.