Over the past four years, Adam Shawyer has visited the North Eastern Swedish town of Kiruna, an iron ore mining town above the arctic circle. Kiruna's average winter temperatures are between -20 and -30, with about 2 months of very little daylight during the heart of winter. In this darkness the Northern Lights can sometimes be seen.
Adam first went to Kiruna with a plan to photograph the illusive Northern Lights but soon became fascinated with the town itself. Extreme cold and heavy snowfall, combine with the stark night lighting to transform this functional 1960's town into a deserted and theatrical stage set.
The effect of the extreme temperatures on the camera lens itself has enhanced the surreal and painterly effects of the work.
Adam has moved into photography since studying Fine Art printmaking at Norwich School of Art. For the last 5 years he has Worked in digital production, and combines these techniques in his work.