Drawn to arctic scenery, photographer Jan Erik Waider skillfully captures the “rugged charm and pristine beauty” of Nordic nature. In his striking series, Arctic Silence, the Hamburg-based creative offers an intimate glimpse into the haunting stillness and ghostly tranquility found in Greenland’s glacial landscapes.
Skillfully shot from a small boat, the series is set in West Greenland’s historic Disko Bay. The evocative photographs feature isolated icebergs as they float above mysterious waters and against a monochromatic sky. Shrouded in a dense fog, the icy formations nearly blend into the horizonless background, with only their contrasting, dark reflections to anchor them within the hazy composition.
The adventurous photographer captured Arctic Silence during Greenland’s misty summer months. While, to many people, temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit may not be an ideal way to spend a summer, Waider embraces the North’s inclement weather and views it as an innate aspect of his practice. “It is the unique quality of light that draws me again and again in this direction,” Waider explains on his website. “I am used to handling the extreme and often unpredictable weather conditions that occur in northern countries, which can require a high degree of improvisation to navigate.”
Captivating, technically mastered, and mysteriously melancholic, Arctic Silence proves that there is beauty in the bleakness.