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Uummannaq|Greenland 2014-2015

In today’s blog, we’d like to share with you the beautiful photo shots for this amazing place and this young photographer’s photo project.

Born in 1988, Camille Michel is a French photographer, she studied fine arts at Paris 8 and photography at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographic of Arles.

In her work, she is interested in the relationships between human and the environment and their simultaneous impacts in societies close to nature.

 © 2017 Camille Michel

© 2017 Camille Michel

© 2017 Camille Michel

The series is the story of a Greenlandic community-based in Uummannaq, an island in the northwest of Greenland, 590km from the Arctic Circle. ‘Unmmannaq’ means “Heart-shaped” in the Greenlandic language. This name comes from the shape of its mountain. In its surrounding, held to the rock, live 1200 inhabitants who are essentially hunters and fishermen. The island hides many treasures: a marble quarry, mummies from an ancient civilization, or Santa’s home. The lifestyle is still traditional and closed to nature but westernization is taking over and Greenland is steadily modernizing:

© 2017 Camille Michel

© 2017 Camille Michel

© 2017 Camille Michel

© 2017 Camille Michel

Change is happening: the climate is changing. Westernization is progressing and society is transforming. The landscape is now affected by modern infrastructures. Cars and scooters are slowly replacing sled dogs. TV’s mobile phones Facebook are trendy! Pollution is increasing with the import of modern products. In town, the waste is burnt in the open air, as there is no waste facility. The health of people is worrying. Many are leaving for the city, Nuuk to find job and modern life.

© 2017 Camille Michel

© 2017 Camille Michel

© 2017 Camille Michel

© 2017 Camille Michel

This series shows the daily life of a metamorphosis population. Greenland is torn between traditions and modernity, ecological disaster and greatness, withdrawal and resistance.

Her contact info:

Twitter: camillemichel
Instagram: Camille_Michel
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