Photographer's Note

Even today, right now, there are some hunters up on Svalbard staying alone in their cottages through the winter.
This picture is a reconstruction of an old hunters cottage, raised in 1910 at “Krosspynten” in the “Widjefjord”. It is very small but was still the main station for hunters, through the winter, right up to 1936.
At the Polarmuseum in Tromso the focus was to recreate the environment both inside as outside as realistic as possible. It is easy to understand the lonely days and nights for the hunter as we see him here by the table. The picture here have one great error and that is the light coming through the window. If you have seen my pictures from the last two days you will know that right now there is complete darkness on Svalbard. Daylight not to be seen before some times in February (I think).
To day the hunt is for reindeers and grouse, and it still happens that they have to shot a Polar bear if it’s threatening the hunter or trying to break into the cottage. In former days they could also hunt for: Walrus, polar bear and polar fox.
Tech: Picture from the Polar Museum. Freehand shot, natural light, run in NI, adjusted in colour and contrast.

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Additional Photos by Jack R Johanson (jrj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 494 N: 7430] (34843)
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