The arrival of the light.

Spring in the northern Faroes on the island of Viðoy.
Birdhouse in a garden of a village in the north of the island of Stremoy that is loosing it's population to the capital.
Spring squall on the island of Sandoy.
Heavy rain's melt the lasting snow  of spring.
Children at Easter in Hvalba
Sheep carcass in Kaldbaksfjørður.
Freight ship carrying fish from the Faroes, most will go to China
On Suðuroy.
In the mountains on the island of Streymoy.
On Suðuroy.
Geese on the road, returning from Saksun.
Young men in a village filled with empty houses, young people are moving to the city.
Snow on the beach in Hvalba.
The island of Koltur in a spring squall.
Hvalba after a spring snow storm.
Facing Nolsoy on the island of Stremoy
Andrias, retired fisherman and school teacher.
Working on a ship on Torshavn in summer fog.

Spring in the northern Faroes on the island of Viðoy.

Birdhouse in a garden of a village in the north of the island of Stremoy that is loosing it's population to the capital.

Spring squall on the island of Sandoy.

Heavy rain's melt the lasting snow of spring.

Children at Easter in Hvalba

Sheep carcass in Kaldbaksfjørður.

Freight ship carrying fish from the Faroes, most will go to China

On Suðuroy.

In the mountains on the island of Streymoy.

On Suðuroy.

Geese on the road, returning from Saksun.

Young men in a village filled with empty houses, young people are moving to the city.

Snow on the beach in Hvalba.

The island of Koltur in a spring squall.

Hvalba after a spring snow storm.

Facing Nolsoy on the island of Stremoy

Andrias, retired fisherman and school teacher.

Working on a ship on Torshavn in summer fog.

Out of the darkness arrives the spring. The oystercatchers arrive, the snow melts, the fresh winds blow. Spring in the Faroes is the arrival of light.

I photographed the islands as the seasons changed. The story is also a metaphor for the arrival of new ways in the Faroes. Like ships arriving on the horizon at dawn, these islands in the North Atlantic are gradually being visited by the influence of the wider world.

At Easter the young people who have been studying abroad return home, bringing with them new ideas and energy. Like soil on the feet of visiting birds, these ideas mix with the old ways and something new is born.