The Idea of the North - Birthe Piontek
Birthe Piontek (b.1976) is a fine art photographer based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Her series The Idea of the North is opening today in Berlin at the Kominek Gallery.
The idealization of the North has been nourished by stories by Jack London and Robert Service; by numerous movies about the area's wild and pristine tapestry; and even by images of the Northern lights, which to this day, although certainly explicable by science, have lost none of their spiritual fascination or magical appeal.
In 2008, I spent three months in a small community in Canada's Yukon, where I experienced first hand the mystery and fascination of life above the 60th parallel, and met people who came here as part of their quest for the idea of North.
- Birthe Piontek