LYS, a little word with great radiance. LYS, this is what Norwegians and Danes call the light, and what other title would be more suitable for a photography project devoted to the light of the North? For four years we have travelled the Nordic countries to make a dream come true. It was a long time, but essential, because with LYS we were going to create something unprecedented: we were going to cover not only a region, not only animals, not a photographic subject but the big picture – the entire European North, from the bright Danish woodlands and pastures in the south to the blue glaciers of Spitsbergen in the north, from the storm-battered coast of Norway in the west to the dark Finnish forests in the east. In the glow of the midnight sun, under dancing polar lights, in a snow storm over the tundra and on the quiet waters of the skerries. Landscapes, animals, plants. In our very own personal style, far away from documentation, rather sensitive and diverse, just as the character, the soul of the great Nordic landscapes and their inhabitants would demand.
During these years we lived through many adventures, many memorable situations. We were out in our walking boots and snow shoes, in a kayak and catamaran, by snowmobile and dog sled. Freezing, sweating, soaked to the skin and bitten a thousand times. Luck and misfortune went hand in hand, but luck prevailed. And after this long stretch of time, we are full of gratitude and humility for all the exciting moments and quiet times we were allowed to experience in the North.