Nothing prepares you for Spitsbergen - one of the world’s northernmost settlements. My camera and I have crossed many a mountain and solitary landscape yet this place looked nor felt like anything I had seen before. The great white vastness took me by surprise as I spent my days hiking in the snow. There aren’t any trees standing in Spitsbergen; the cold only permits this eternal naked landscape covered in white pillow-like mountains. I never felt happier hearing nothing but the cracking of snow underneath my feet. Unfortunately, here, the effects of climate change are most apparent. With this ongoing project I want to depict the sublime spectacles of the North, as well as the shifting of the fragile landscape and the effects global warming have on the Arctic circle.
Catherine Lemblé (°1990, Belgium) received her Master’s Degree in Photography at Luca School of Arts, Brussels in 2013. Her first solo exhibition was in Mint Gallery, Gent in 2016. She is currently working on her first photo book which will be designed by Mathieu Serruys and Joris Verdoodt. Mountains and solitary landscapes are a continuous thread throughout her work, as she searches for the symphony between nature and her inhabitants.