The Heart of a Seal
Once I saw the first glimpses of mountain that Uummannaq, Greenland, an island town off the country’s western coast, centers around, I was instantly drawn to the beauty and rawness of this remote place. I wanted to understand and document how life really looks like in a community with such a harsh climate and long traditions. In the autumn 2017, I started my photographic exploration in and around this town.
This project was continued when I returned for a second trip in February 2018, where I also witnessed the warmest winter on record in the Arctic, -30° Celsius. Unfortunately, the effects from global warming on this coastal town were apparent, with instances like the sea ice melting too early. Thus far, I have spent nearly three months working on this project.
For countless generations, the Inuit who reside here have relied on their natural surroundings to survive. The purpose of this project is to show how the Inuit culture intersects with the town’s present day conditions and to pose the question of how long the area’s traditions will remain in contrast with its changing circumstances.
Originally from Constance in southern Germany, Lukas Kreibig (b. 1987) started studying Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the University of Hanover. After a year in the International Photojournalism program at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark, Lukas began to narrow his focus to primarily long-term stories, in an effort to dig deeper than a normal story is able to go.
Lukas Kreibig is based in Hamburg and working for national and international magazines and newspapers.