Born and raised in a village below the Julian Alps in Slovenia, the young photographer Anze Østerman is no stranger to the wild side of nature.
One of his recent trips took him to Northern Finland — a part of the Arctic Circle — where its human population is outnumbered by nature’s elements. Until a boat brought him a friendly encounter. In his own words: “Arctic. I look around; wilderness in the middle of the fjord. Nobody; you can almost hear your heart beat. Eagles flying above the sea surface, Elks crossing the stream, the music of the sea … and in the middle of all that a man found home. A place to raise kids, a place where he feels wonderful and satisfied with everything he has. What brought him there? After some time living with him I realized that THE question was: What made you who you are? His name is Robin. Englishman with an African heart and love for the Arctic. Expedition leader on the Northern Seas, writer, wilderness man, friend to a polar bear named Lucky, family man…”
All images © Anze Østerman