Photography by Tiina Itkonen. Interview by Noora Hostikka.
Tiina Itkonen has been travelling to Greenland regularly since 1995. She has explored the west coast of Greenland by dog sled, fishing scow, sailboat, helicopter, cargo ship and oil tanker, clocking over 1500 kilometres of polar roads. The changing face of the landscape and its people have been immortalised in Itkonen’s photographs, which form a chronology of a place in motion.
“In Greenland, fishing and hunting sea mammals provide income for many locals. They used to travel by dog sled and do long hunting trips on the ice. Now the traditional hunting culture is at risk as the sea ice is getting thinner and thinner each year and people need to forgo their dogs and subsistence,” Tiina Itkonen says.