20 Breathtaking Photos Of Abandoned Scandinavian Houses By Photographer Britt Marie Bye
Britt Marie Bye is a Norwegian photographer who for the past couple of years has been photographing the abandoned Scandinavian wooden homes she found above the Arctic circle in Sweden and Norway. The woman even ended up falling with the unpredictable nature of the region so much, she ended up selling her apartment and moving out to live in the Arctic circle!
The photographer says that tackling a new environment and starting over wasn’t easy, as there is snow at almost any given time of the year. “But the reward of being able to spend my free time exploring the beautiful nature, and share the stories of these long-abandoned homes, makes this decision the right one,” says Britt.
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Britt says that to her, photography is all about freezing a moment in time, a way to preserve both a memory and a feeling. “With my abandoned house photography I try to capture each house as I would if I photographed a person. Like a portrait,” explained the photographer.” Finding the right angle, the best light, and capturing their personality, so to speak. It might sound silly, but I do find that every house has its own personality as well as style.”
When photographing the old houses, one of the hardest parts for Britt is actually finding and reaching them. “Then it’s the weather. I don’t like to photograph when the sun’s out – I prefer my photos to have a darker melancholic look to them,” added the photographer. “So if I find a house on a sunny day I have to go back on a day with dramatic cloudy weather. No matter how far I have to drive.”
When it comes to photographing the interiors, Britt always makes sure to find the owners and get their permission, something that’s not always easy. “It’s always very difficult having to walk away from a great photo opportunity – at the same time, it’s important to show respect for other people’s property,” explained Britt. “I don’t think I’d be able to do this work if I didn’t have that work ethic.”
Check out some more of Britt’s breathtaking photographs in the gallery below!