of the Lofoten -- This picturesque fishing
village has long been bloated into town-size by tourism, as it is a
popular detour on the King Olav's Highway (the E10) between the ports of Stamsund
and Svolvær along the sharp, jagged precipices of the Lofoten
archipelago. In winter, commercial fishermen gather to hang their catch,
the prized -- and perilously overfished -- North Atlantic cod, on large wooden racks, where it dries for
several weeks to become stockfish.
While the Canadian and British fishermen have all but
exhausted the cod in their waters, the Norwegians are still counting their
fortunes, as their source migrates annually from the remote Barents Sea to
spawn within the confines of the strait between the Lofoten and the
mainland, the Vestfjorden. Indeed, they are presently observing strict, and ever
shrinking, quotas to preserve a lifestyle that has persisted since the
These photos are taken with the Nikon D100 and the Nikon
20mm f/2.8 lens.