It’s all too easy for landscape photographs to fall into clumsily-recognisable tropes – which in the case of the Arctic often manifests as “serene, imposing, beauty.” But having spent 30 years photographing the Arctic in Greenland, Ragnar Axelsson has an intuitive empathy for the region. His pictures can be beautiful but they can also be bleak – unsettling in a gnawing, subtle way. Of course the name of this show at Proud Chelsea makes his agenda fairly clear, and so through his sparse snowscapes, and particularly the faces of the men, women and children he captures, Ragnar invites us to witness the end of something that’ll never return.
The show runs until March 18.
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