Melageret • Spitsbergen



• image code: SOT02
• a solargraphy of Melageret in Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen
• exposure time 55 days
GPS location 78°55’35.4″N 11°56’01.2″E

I remember this image being one of the first coming back from Spitsbergen. The wonder and awe I felt when opening the camera, seeing and knowing that the plan worked. It was incredible. There is still so much to learn and understand about photography and even though we can explain what process is going on, it remains a mystery how the process itself is available to record images. Just by transferring light through a tiny hole onto light sensitive photo paper. In the photo we see a building called Melageret in Ny-Alesund. This is where scientists can go for a drink in the evening, it’s the bar. But it’s more than that, it’s post office and tourist information centre at the same time.

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