Narvik Portraits: Science Labs and Sunken Ships

Back in Narvik for the week, I was initially a little unsure of what the week was going to look like. Wandering town alone, camera in hand, looking for things to take pictures of? Sitting at home and editing? Nope, before I knew what was happening, my schedule was suddenly jam-packed with more portrait sessions with total strangers. Yesterday, rushing from the house after oversleeping until the ungodly hour of 11:30 AM, I met up with Leif, a coworker of my first host dad Kjell.  Leif has worked as a university professor in Narvik for over 50 years, and even though he’s retired, still teaches a course in the fall.  He told a bit about his life – his sons and grandchildren, their cabins in the mountains and the seaside.  In his free time, he enjoys researching the history of Narvik and the surrounding area, and writing about it, which I think is pretty unusual and interesting.  We took some pictures in a laboratory that tests electronic devices, and a few outside. Thanks Leif!

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Immediately thereafter, I was picked up by Terje, who has worked for LKAB (Narvik’s iron ore exportation company – an important part of Narvik) for over 40 years.  He described a wide range of interests – sports, choir singing (which he’s done for 6o years!), traveling, etc.  In fact, he was getting ready to leave for Egypt the next morning.  He drove me down to the harbor, where he and a fellow coworker showed me around a huge passenger ship that had been halfway underwater for two years, and they’re now in the process of fixing up.  It was really cool to just climb aboard at random and get an insider’s perspective.  Terje cheerfully showed me around, explaining the process, singing quietly the whole way.  Born and raised in Narvik, he explained that he doesn’t mind the dark months at all.  Nor the summer months, for that matter, with the constant sunlight.  Things continue as usual.

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