It was one of those perfect spontaneous experiences for us. We hadn't planned to see the exhibition, we just sort of stumbled in to it.
It was the very last day of the exhibition and the gallery was closing for the year, Benjamin was heading back to France that afternoon and despite all of that he was amazing enough to hang out with us and tell us all about his exhibition and experiences in Svalbard!
Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, it's right in between the North Pole and Norway. It's one of the northernmost settlements in the world. The photos that Benjamin took were taken at 20° from the North Pole.
Benjamin was the first French artist and researcher invited to participate to the Arctic Circle Residency 2013. He told us about how his guides had to go out and circle the area searching for polar bears to keep him safe while he explored and captured the island.
See some of his beautiful images below.
This hut is actually a world heritage site complete with a guest book that visitors can sign.
See the whole series here.
Benjamin is currently working on a new project called Art & Consciousness Expeditions #4. Check out his Tumblr page for more info.
We are so privileged to have met Benjamin, it's always so good to connect with an artist. It energises us and fills us with inspiration!
Immediately after the gallery visit we stopped at a nearby coffee shop where we bumped into some friends, we basically forced them to go to the exhibition before Benjamin packed it all away and headed back to France.