There are some corners of our planet that look like magical fairytales come to life, where one might expect to find fairies, Bilbo Baggins the hobbit, or wood nymphs around any corner. The Faroe Islands are such a place. Rolling green meadows, dramatic hillsides, and plunging cliffs could enchant any traveler. The natural beauty of this remote archipelago in the North Atlantic certainly enchanted fine art landscape photographer Lazar Gintchin, whose images of the islands provide a window into a lush, gem-toned world.
Located 200 miles northwest of Scotland, the Faroe Islands are only about 540 square miles with a population of just over 53,000 people. They are an autonomous territory of Denmark with a long history of Norse settlement. The islands are surprisingly mild as the gulf stream keeps extreme temperatures in check. They have a diverse, tundra-style ecosystem with many plants, few trees, and ample varieties of sea birds. It was into this landscape Gintchin traveled in search of what he calls “live art.”