mare.photo visits the former mining town of Sulitjelma in Northern Norway and portrays the Sulitjelma Gruver with the Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. and the Kodak Tri X.
To forget. Leaving. Rediscovered.
Sultijelma is located about 60 kilometers east of Fauske. And it is exactly in the opposite direction of Lofoten. So you have to drive inland almost to the Swedish border and leave the comfort zone of the tourist highligts.
It is thanks to Elke Weiler from Meerblog.de that we are taking this path to Sulitjelma. A few weeks before we left for Norway, she traveled exactly to this area and made us curious with her article about a forgotten mining region around Sultijelma. Curious about a village whose name appears in an old saga of the Norwegians about Helgeland and about a village that no longer seemed to give people any perspective.
At the end of the road
The copper mine
To forget. Expire. Discovered timidly
The fact that there is also poverty and lack of prospects in rich Norway is particularly evident in the remote regions. If you want to visit exactly these regions outside of the tourist recommendations. In areas like this here in Sulitjelma we encounter a mixture of resignation, but also modesty and hope.
Everything has it's time
Blown away. And back again.
In the best of times, about 3000 people lived in Sulitjelma. They came to earn their living in copper mining and they made a good living from it. The copper mine was the largest and most important in all of Norway. Until 1991. Everything stopped there. The mine was closed.
With that, dreams and hopes burst overnight. People moved out of Sulitjelma to find work. The next central town is at least 60 kilometers away, so it is too long a trip to work on the narrow and wintry roads for Norwegian standards. Sulitjelma died out. The Sulitjelma copper mine fell into disrepair as an industrial ruin.
And yet home
But over the years, people have not forgotten their former home in Sulitjelma. They were rooted here for too long. And so many of them came back to Sulitjelma over time. Today about 400 to 500 people live in Sulitjelma. A modern supermarket has recently opened again. Such markets are also a social meeting point in the Norwegian villages.
What do you do?
In Norway, people tend to leave unusable things to decay. There is enough space and nature. On the one hand, the latter is not exactly beneficial, but on the other hand it creates enchanted and rustic places where we can immerse ourselves in the past of the surroundings. And to empathize, feel and understand a piece of real Norwegian life.
In this case we are in Sulitjelma in the middle of an industrial ruin in which a small microcosm has developed over the years.
“In Sultijelma we discover life as it really is in Norway. Beyond tourist decoration "
Discover with Leica M and Kodak Tri X.
Fascinated. Melancholic. Curious
Sulitjelma is museum history you can touch. We also go on a discovery tour in a relaxed manner. We can feel at home. Nobody seems strange to us and we don’t seem strange to anyone. Some time ago, real street artists were here as part of the international NuArt Festival and brought their impressions to the facades.
Today we capture our impressions analogously with the legendary Kodak Tri X and discover our perspective for this place.