Taubanesentralen • Spitsbergen



• image code: SOT04
• a solargraphy of Taubanesentralen, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
• exposure time 55 days
GPS location 78°12’08.5″N 15°35’31.2″E

On top of the hill above Longyearbyen, the main port of Spitsbergen, you will find this construction, which used to be the central place where coal from the different mines would be gathered. When I was working to collect my pinhole camera’s I came across some people looking for geocaches. I never realised that even so far north, people were playing this game. Why not, I was hiding a few pinhole cameras myself and this encounter actually made me realise why some cameras may have gotten lost. People were probably mistaking them for a geocache and taking them away.

The Taubanesentralen construction is another one of those places where you can feel the history of the place. When you are there and you look around the area for the different mines, it’s hard to imagine that even in wintertime, people were working in this harsh environment.

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
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