Sheep farm at Tussøy is an island in Arctic Norway

Tussøy

Only seven people inhabit the island of Tussøy in Arctic Norway. There have lived people on the island since early Iron Age, and the number of people peaked around 1950 with sixty inhabitants. In the following decades, most of the rural areas along the coast experienced a large depopulation. People left to get closer to schools, universities, jobs and roads.

But not everyone left. What made some people leave and others stay? 

The interaction between nature and human being has been the background for the project. I believe the nature around you is important for who you become. When you live this close to nature, you have to adapt. The margins are narrow, and nature can be very dangerous if you don’t listen to it and respect it. You have to know all the reefs in the sea and you have to read the signs of the weather.

You have to be humble. If you think you can conquer nature, it will become your enemy. This humility and knowledge can take years to learn and sometimes generations. What will happen to us if we lose this knowledge?