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Elin Høyland: The Death Of Norwegian Rural Life

Charting the miserable decay of rural Norway.

Here at Sick Chirpse we absolutely love terrifying creepy old hospitals, empty shopping malls, crumbling Soviet monuments and abandoned fairgrounds. It’s why we get up in the morning (or afternoon).

The following images of abandoned buildings are a bit different from our normal shots though, they have a solid tinge of sadness about them.

Images all VIA

Elin Høyland is a Norwegian photographer who travels to remote sections of Norway and, using his camera, charts its inevitable and sad decline. Like most countries of the world, there is a slow death happening far from the cities and towns.

Ever since conurbations became more interesting than living in the sticks, there has been a steady trickle of migration from the countryside to the cities. The older folks get left behind, whilst the kids leg it off to the bright lights. As the older generation die off and the younger ones stay put, the rural fringes of many cultures are slowly decaying away.

If a young Norwegian’s grandfather dies and leaves his wooden shack, it’s not going to be worth enough money to bother making it livable again. And there will be sod all going on in the area to attract anyone to buy it. So places just get left to decay.

Høyland travels to these desolate pockets and takes images of the human detritus that’s left behind. The project is called “Traces of Places”:

(Scroll through the slides using the left and right arrows below)

Reiseliv på Svalbard.


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