Photographing on the Island of Anholt

Just returned from two weeks in isolation on the Danish Island of Anholt, almost cut off from the rest of the world without internet and TV in complete silence and harmony only disturbed by a royal visit, birdsong and the sound of the wind blowing in the pine trees outside the summerhouse.

The “oasis in the sea” as I like to call the Island, is one of Denmark’s most isolated places, the location in the sea of Kattegat between the Danish and Swedish coast; 50 kilometres from the mainland makes this place an unique spot in urbanized Denmark with its great nature and history.

This was my 17th trip to the Island since 2002 and you either love or hate the place, but one thing is for certain if you travel to Anholt outside the summer season you´ll find tranquillity and solitude like no other place in Denmark. On this trip I wanted to make images of both nature and historic places and improve my black and white skills. I really like making images of old wood with paint peeling off and the old house at the lighthouse are just such a place where you can find great details; a location where time is standing still and nothing has really changed since my first visit to the Island 9 years ago.

I have visited Anholt in all seasons and keep getting amazed by how many stars you can see at night and how crystal clear the water around the Island is; Anholt also have some of the best beaches in Denmark with its 26 kilometres of coastline with clean white sand. Anholt has lots to offer: seals, birds, plants, insects, rare mosses and lichens, rocks, fossils, meadows, dunes, and the major attraction “Ørkenen” the desert landscape that by itself is an experience, that’s why I keep getting back year after year.

Stormy evening, Ørkenen, Anholt, Denmark

(Nikon D700, Nikkor PC-E 24mm 3,5 ED,
Lee Big Stopper and Graduated ND 0,6H filters, iso 200, tripod)

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