Misha de Ridder - Weather Observations

A few years ago I was working in the far North of Norway. The city of Tromsø, from which many Arctic expeditions originated, was my gateway. Explorers like Roald Amundsen, Umberto Nobile and Fridtjof Nansen made use of the know-how in Tromsø on the conditions in the Arctic, and often recruited their crews in the city.

I would fly into Tromsø airport, rent a car and set out in the landscape. In Amsterdam I would check the webcam of the University of Tromsø to see what the weather and the light were like to determine the moment to fly up north again. I checked the cam daily for about two years. Even after the exhibition of the work I had made there had long ended. It became a kind of being there; it was like an extra window in my studio. Whenever a view struck me I would make a screenshot and dump into a folder on my harddisk.
When Mister Motley asked to curate for their Salon it took me days to re-locate this folder in my archive. I guess it is the fate of this kind of digital imagery, it vanishes in the overgrowth of data. What I found is this collection of hundred and twenty-six views on Tromsø.

Misha de Ridder 01 Nov 2015