BY: SEBASTIEN TIXIER
When Sébastien Tixier travelled from 67 ° to the 77th parallel north to record the transformations, he found his fantasy cliché images of white landscapes dissolve before his eyes. Things are not always as we expect them to be, and he found himself constantly amazed at the radical changes that have happened to the culture. Very few people still wear furs or hunt seals for a living, and he even met an orphan who wanted to be a mixed martial arts fighter after relentlessly watching Caged on MTV. His book “Allanngorpoq” features 60 photographs about Greenland in transition, for as its environment shifts, its society too inevitably will be forced to adapt to western culture.
“Today, the questions surrounding Greenland extend far beyond its geographical frontiers. In these starkly different landscapes, supermarkets and cell phones are slowly making their way into Inuit culture, and traditional outfits made from animal hides are now only used in the North for sled journeys” he writes.
Technology and tradition are melting together into an unrecognizable blend. The face of the community liquefies in unison with the disappearing sheets of ice.