Sub Zero Social Distancing
As Covid came to Norway, and then throughout the lockdown, it felt as if the walls around me were closing in. The house where we spent almost every hour of every day seemed smaller and smaller and a growing need to seek refuge alone emerged. The woods and shorelines, on the other hand, felt spacious, and the cold air, clean and safe. Out there nobody was breathing behind you, and with my mask tucked away, it was like time was standing still. For a few hours I forgot everything that was going on, focusing on the beauty in the details of the ice crystals bathed in blue Nordic light.
Many Norwegians have found joy adventuring outdoors during the pandemic, some to find a sense of normal, some to be social with less risk of infection, and some for exercise as all the gyms are closed down. It is in our nature…and for me it has been a major factor in keeping “sane” during these times….
Copyright © 2021 Elisabeth Andenæs
Elisabeth Andenæs is an Oslo-based amateur photographer who finds inspiration in finding beauty in places people don’t look. Her photography work is often dark and underexposed, encouraging the viewer to look closely and find the meaning within. “I try to bring a sense of subtleness and tranquility through my art, whether it is music or photography.” Elisabeth studied photography in England in the late nineties, but focused on other ventures for work. When Covid hit she decided to pick up the camera again