Cabin Fever. 2017
This photo is part of the Cabin Fever series
My fascination with mountains started as a child, when every summer holiday my mother took my sister and I to the mountains to go hiking. The past four years I went to the mountains alone. Hiking gives me this great feeling of freedom. Surrounded by these solitary landscapes I relate to something incomprehensible and I realize how futile I am. Especially nowadays, where lack of privacy and oversupply is king and I no longer know if I am the customer or the consumed, the longing for a cabin amid rocks and snow is big. This project depicts this eagerness and it is at the same time an ode to a landscape that is unrecognizable and irrevocable changing.
Arctic Silence. 2017
This photo is part of the ongoing series Arctic Silence
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 here; 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.
With this ongoing project I want to depict the extreme yet fragile landscape of the Arctic circle – which is changing irreversible and unrecognizable – and its inhabitants. Who are these people, why did they move here and how do they deal with the harshness of the cold, the polar nights and midnight sun?
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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. Mountains and solitary landscapes are a continuous thread throughout her work, as she searches for the symphony between nature and her inhabitants.