Brandalpynten • Spitsbergen



• image code: SOT09
• a solargraphy at `Brandalpynten, Ny-Ålesund, Spitsbergen
• exposure time 55 days
GPS location 78°56’35.2″N 11°51’21.1″E

One of the longest exposures up to dat I have created is this image from Brandalpynten in Spitsbergen. It was possible in collaboration with Maarten Loonen, who lives in Ny-Alesund in the summer time which is close to this site, what used to be the light beacon for the harbour. In the summer of 2015 we decided to leave one camera on this site so it could record a full year of sun tracks. I knew it could be hard as the winter time in Spitsbergen is dark, cold, snowy and very windy. The darkness would not be a problem, but the wind could blow the camera loose and the snow could get inside the camera. There were more camera’s but this one held steadfast. It took more than a year and a half to get back to me before I could see this incredible result.

If you buy a fine art print or limited edition of this image, 10% of the profit will be donated to APECS. This is an organisation which supports early career scientists in their research. Many members of APECS helped me in creating the images in the Touch base project. We all depend on future science. By donating some of my earnings I can do something back to support them.


Mark Haanstra & Oene van Geel have created a music album named after the photo series, Shapes of time. Each photo was an inspiration for a music composition. Shapes of time is also a performed with the photographs translated to animated backgrounds.

Extra info

The image will be printed onto Hahnemühle Natural Line Fine Art Paper based on hemp and using the Epson Sure Color Printing technique.


Shapes of time, album
Shapes of time, project
SEES Scientific expedition
Dutch arctic station