Since 2005, French photographer Céline Clanet has been visiting Máze, a small Sámi village in Norwegian Lapland. During her travels, she has carefully documented the land and its inhabitants – human and reindeer alike – and has compiled her captured images in a series named for this place that has provided her with much inspiration.
About her project, the photographer says:
I have photographed Sámi people, houses, land and reindeer that were almost not here today. They barely escaped being flooded by the waters of a hydroelectric dam project that the Norwegian government planned in the early 1970’s and thanks to Sámi people’s protests and resistance was fortunately aborted. But I have also photographed a reality that will undoubtedly transform in the coming century, due to global warming and cultural integration. To me, Máze is an ambivalent symbol of resistance and helplessness.
Via Feature Shoot.