JOHAN HALLBERG-CAMPBELL

Coastal

COASTAL

Ongoing 


I travel to explore communities and hope to learn what it means to belong. In 2009, while visiting family in Scalpay, a small fishing community in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, I was hit deeply by the dying traditions of my ancestors. My uncle, a lifelong fisherman, spoke of the disappearance of herring, the “silver darlings,” and the imminent loss of his vocation. The school had shut, people had left. It was during that trip I came to understand my connection, my relationship to the coast. The following year I embarked on the first of many journeys to investigate Canada’s coastline, to see my new homeland. I experienced its beauty and its harshness, looked at life on the edge, where the land meets the sea. These images are a small collection from a larger body of work that is still in progress. 

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