Leica Gallery presents an impressive series of black and white photographs by Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson, which not only capture the majestic beauty of the Arctic, but also highlight the dramatic effects of climate change in the region.
Ragnar Axelsson, a renowned nature and reportage photographer, is known for his outstanding work in the most remote regions of the Arctic.
For over 40 years, he has documented the lives of people, animals and the breathtaking landscapes of Greenland, Iceland and Siberia. With a Leica camera in hand, his passion for photography began at a young age. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to capture the unique relationships between creatures and nature in the Arctic - a region that is being challenged by climate change in unprecedented ways. The summer sea ice and glaciers of the North, the Earth's refrigerator that maintains a tolerable temperature level, are receding. "There is no doubt in my mind that the drastic changes in the Arctic will be the biggest problem on the planet in the coming years," says the photographer.
The exhibition is a tribute to the sled dogs, which Axelsson regards as true heroes of the north. His photographs show the sled dogs in their elemental role and illustrate the connection between man and animal in this unique environment.
Ragnar Axelsson describes his Arctic expeditions as an intense experience: "Imagine waking up one morning in the northernmost settlement in the world - in the middle of winter, the night is pitch black. The barking of a lone dog breaks the silence. It is bitterly cold outside. The village itself seems to be asleep. No one is awake or out and about. The howling multiplies as the village dogs wake each other up." This atmosphere draws viewers into the fascinating world of the Arctic.This content has been machine translated.