Phil Brooks has long been intrigued by the idea of the North and the appeal of cold, often inhospitable environments. After initially considering how “the North” might be defined, Phil decided to explore those countries, landscapes and communities that could be found 60 degrees north of the equator. He then embarked upon a physical and spiritual journey through Scandinavia, to the Scottish Islands then on to the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Northern Canada and Southern Alaska.
Through these extraordinary photographs, we are able to share some of his experiences and to develop a greater understanding of the lands and the people who occupy this northernmost part of the world. Through these compelling images, Phil raises questions about stereotyping and westernisation. His work reveals the complexity of this environment and his own passion and affinity for “the North”.
Image: Phil Brooks, Blue Lagoon Power Station Iceland, 2008