The Long Journey North Book
From stunning mountain ranges to vast boreal forests, from freeze-thaw tundra’s to glacial arctic ice worlds, Northern Europe is one of the most beautiful, varied, and spectacular places on earth.
Danny Green's first book The Long Journey North is a visual exploration of the Arctic and Subarctic regions of Northern Europe. It’s a project that has taken him over eight years to complete, and is a collection of images showing some of the most beautiful and iconic species that can be found in this varied and pristine wilderness.
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The majesty of the Golden Eagle... the intricate detail of a Green Hairstreak butterfly... the beauty of a Red Throated Diver on its summer breeding grounds... the awe-inspiring waterfalls of Iceland... the intense cold of the northern forests during the depths of winter and the elusive moment of a hunting Great Grey Owl as it pounces to catch a vole... Danny's remarkable book conveys the true beauty and fragility of the north.
The 200-page coffee table book, with a foreword written by BBC wildlife cameraman John Aitchison and narrative text and captions by Danny Green, takes the reader on a visual journey of the Northern parts of Europe.
In the book’s introduction Danny explains: “My deep passion and fascination for the north had been sown many years ago. As a young boy, my grandad influenced and nurtured my love of the natural world. As an eight-year-old, I clearly remember watching thousands of wading birds swirling around an estuary as the tide came in. I was mesmerised by this spectacle and asked question after question. He told me that this flock of birds were Knot. He explained where they had come from and that they only visit us for the winter months. When we got home, we looked at the map and I was mesmerised by the huge distances that they travelled. I wanted to learn more, not just about these birds but the species that lived in this Arctic environment. The North has gripped me ever since.
As a stills photographer some of his problems are different to mine. Capturing movement is one of them. It's easier for me - filming movement is what video cameras do after all - but by freezing an instant in a photograph the inner liveliness of an animal can be destroyed, yet somehow that never happens in Danny's pictures. His sea surges around an isolated guillemot colony as fluidly as the waves of knot swirl around a grey plover. Between crystalline ice flowers a stream blurs to blue milk and his sandblasted seal pup winces and we wince too. Like the bracken bedecked stag, Danny has a wonderful eye. The moments he does choose to freeze are just the right moments: the perfect symmetry of an owl, caught just as it kicks up a random plume of snow, or a puffin dipping one wing on final approach with a precious load of fish.
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