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.