capsule -- At the western end of King Olav's Highway (E10), much
of the village of Å has been designated a museum, preserving
the culture and history of the Norwegian fishermen.
It might be just as well. With the shrinking supply of Arctic cod
and dropping prices for the Norwegian stockfish, commercial fishing in the
calm waters south of the Lofoten islands is becoming ever less viable.
Larsen should know. A Lofoten fisherman and stockfish trader all his life,
his main quarry is no longer the cod that spawn here in winter, but the
people who visit mostly in summer. He manages sixteen rorbuer --
fisherman's cabins, renovated from ones actually used by mariners
since a century ago. Steinar is also the curator of the Lofoten Stockfish
a three-storey landing station demonstrating all aspects of processing cod
and its dried incarnation.
These images are taken with the Nikon D100 digital SLR with
the Nikon 20mm f/2.8 D lens.