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Arctic Photography: Life on the Line

Weapons of Reason is a magazine to turn knowledge into action. Made in partnership with D&AD, Weapons of Reason aims to articulate the interconnected global issues shaping our world and provide ways to inspire action. Issue one begins with an exploration of the Arctic that included a selection of portraits of Arctic locals by Cristian Barnett.

Life on the Line

Between 2006 and 2013, British photographer Cristian Barnett made thirteen journeys to the Arctic Circle, an invisible line of latitude 66’ 33” north of the equator. The line intersects eight countries and is home to a rich diversity of people for whom the sun never sets in high summer, nor rises in deepest winter. Life on the Line celebrates the variety of modern existence in circumpolar Arctic, in the face of overwhelming environmental and cultural change.

Weapons of Reason: Life on the Line

Hans Bengtson, Sweden
Known as ‘Vild-Hasse’ (Wild Horse), a self-proclaimed ‘master of glibness and sausage’. Jokkmokk, Sweden. 2010.

Weapons of Reason: Life on the Line

Lars Lennert Soerense, Greenland
Lifeguard at the heated outdoor pool. Sisimiut, Greenland. 2013.

Weapons of Reason: Life on the Line

Olga, Russia
Like children everywhere, Olga likes to play in a miniature version of her own home. In this case, a chum used by the nomadic Nenets. Yamal Peninsula, Russia. 2012.

Weapons of Reason: Life on the Line

Jared Miller
Alaska Champion high-school wrestler. Kotzebue, Alaska, 2009.

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Dorthe Kruse and Ellen Kruse Henningsen, Greenland
Wearing traditional Greenlandic costume, sisters Dorthe and Ellen celebrate their niece’s first day at senior school. Sisimiut, Greenland. 2013.

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Asbjorn Steinsrud Norway
Fisherman. Øresvik, Norway. 2007

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