BEYOND THE IMAGINARY GATES
journeys in the fjord region of north-east Greenland
Iain Brownlie Roy
Hardback 176 pages, 120 duotoned photographs, 295mm x 250mm
Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2004, ISBN 1-904587-06-2
‘There are now precious few places left on earth with which we do not feel familiar, if not from first hand experience then at least from the perspective of the armchair traveller – and fewer still where the camera has not yet prescribed our vision’
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An unrivalled collection of images of one of the last unsullied wildernesses in the world: the vast, uninhabited spaces of north-east Greenland. These beautiful, majestic and poetic landscapes exist in one of the harshest environments on earth.
Roy traces the historical background with a brief outline of north-east Greenland’s early exploration. He documents the poignant traces of the Inuit tribe – their winter houses, summer tent circles and graves and enigmatic stone mosaics – and the structures left by the European trappers who once plied their dog-sledges in the lonely fjords.
Iain Roy’s first expedition to Greenland was in 1982, to the mountainous region of the south near Cape Farewell. He was a member of a small group of Arctic enthusiasts who shared a love of wild spaces and whose ambitions were fuelled by the accounts of earlier pioneers – early whaling and expedition journals and memoirs of scientists and trappers from the pre-war period. The group pooled their resources in order to reach remote corners of a faraway region that had become their common obsession. Roy himself has made more than twelve expeditions to the region.
Iain Roy was Reader in photography at the University of Brighton where he formerly taught history of art. He now lives in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. His Arctic photographs have been represented in various exhibitions.