Photo of the week: feel the Arctic bite on the Barents Sea coast

7 April 2017

<em>-30. Silent harbor</em> by Serge Ius

Every artist has a muse. For Russian artist, photographer and musician Serge Ius it is the waters of the Barents Sea coast in his hometown of Murmansk, as pictured in our photo of the week.

The photo was taken in Murmansk’s sleepy Kola harbour, which Ius visited over the winters between 2014 and 2016. Though this image looks like it was taken in the dead of night, this is actually what midday looks like in the Arctic Circle. “I took all the pictures between 12pm and 3pm, the only time you are able to catch some light in Murmansk for three months,” he told The Calvert Journal, adding that the pinkish tint to the photos is an entirely natural occurrence.

The silent vista, which the photographer describes as “a land of fogs and forgotten fishermen’s souls” conjures an image of a trawler which had left the shore on a cold and foggy day, never to return again.

See more photos of the Barents Sea on his Instagram.