Faroe Islands by Andris Barbans

Andris Barbans is a professional portrait and wedding photographer from Riga, Latvia. Currently he is in his third year studying cinematography.

Three years ago, while cruising the depths of the internet, I accidentally stumbled upon breathtaking pictures of what looked like Nordic islands – waterfalls, cliffs, harsh wildlife and a surreal, mystical feel embracing it all. I always had a deep admiration for mountains and remote wild places, and this looked like a perfect destination. At that moment something in me just clicked and all I wanted was to grab my camera and go on an adventure. If I feel truly passionate about something, I gather all the information there is and try to execute all the creative ideas I have – so there I was, searching for this mystical place and how to get there and that was how I came upon the Faroe Islands. I was absolutely hooked.

For the most part of our stay, we explored various parts of the Islands that are accessible by foot, and further parts, accessible by car. For ten days I was absolutely ecstatic about the vastness before me, I could explore to my heart’s content. We went to a hike off-road for about 10 km near the Leitisvatn / Sørvágsvatn Lake – the name Leitisvatn means "The lake by Leiti (the name of the east side of the lake)" and Sørvágsvatn means "The lake by Sørvágur", reaching the furthest point of the Vágar Island. I was experiencing some of the most beautiful and breathtaking views there are in the world – words and pictures do not give the views the justice these places demand. One of the biggest highlights of the trip was climbing the highest point the Faroe Islands – Slættaratindur. The view from the top oversees all of the Faroe Islands and it is, to say the least, simply breathtaking.

For me as a human being and as a photographer the combination of stories, landscapes and the adventures, is the prime source of inspiration, it all keeps me going. I believe that every single experience is crucial for creating that emotional connection in the pictures. I tried to portray the true harshness and beauty of the nature of the Islands the way I got to experience it – the contrast between heavy pouring rain and storm and Northern Lights in the clear night sky. This contrast is a true definition of the Faroe Islands weather and climate, it all can change in a second and in some parts it can exist together, at the same time. That is the beauty of the Islands – you can never predict what comes next. The only thing you can and should do is to keep your camera close.