Silent expedition

by Banana Pirates January. 29, 2017 1050 views

This week our regular wednesday movement exploration turned into a silent winter expedition to Petkeljärvi National Park in the Karelian borderlands. To me, the place was familiar from before, as Pirate J and I made a trip there in the autumn, but this time the experience was very different. 

Not only because it was -20 degrees Celsius outside and snow until our knees, but also because it was silent. And with silence I mean that the four of us met in the morning, drove more than one hour out to the National Park and spent a couple of hours hiking - without saying a word to each other. 

Sharing the experience, being together but at the same time by ourselves, making our own experience.

I recommend warmly for anyone to try it. Spend a day together, go somewhere, share an experience without words and you will notice many things you have not noticed before, even at a familiar place with familiar people.

To get up close and shoot a headshot for the weekly theme was an interesting challenge, as the focus of making the subject feel at ease - got to a new level when not being able to use verbal communication. This is a picture of a good friend of mine, who is not the easiest one to get to pose for the camera, although I somehow always loved trying to. 

Self portrait after two hours hiking in -20 degrees Celcius. 

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Tiffany Mueller 4 years, 7 months ago

Wow, absolutely stunning shots! You all are champions for braving the cold like that. I'm a total wimp when it comes to winter, but your photos really make me want to get out there and frolic in the snow! Thanks for sharing your inspiring story :)

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Banana Pirates Replied to Tiffany Mueller 4 years, 7 months ago

Thank you Tiffany for your comment :) I'm happy if you get inspired to get out there and embrace the winter, and when you have proper clothes there is no such thing as cold :)

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