While I was in Lapland making a documentary about the Sámi, the family with whom I was staying invited me for a picnic in their goahti (tent).
I was surprised as they lived in a comfortable well heated wooden house, it was -30ºC outside and already getting dark. Not exactly a moment for a picnic, I thought. But it turns out to be a popular thing to do among the Sámi on winter days. Inside the tent, they make a small fire and sit around it on comfortable reindeer skins, while toasting sausages on the fire. During these evenings, people tell each other stories about their culture.
The Sámi also love to be outside in the woods and feel connected to nature. Many generations ago, when they were still nomads, the goathi was the “living room” where people gathered in the evenings to tell each other stories. This tradition is obviously being kept alive.
While chatting with the family inside the goathi, I wanted to take a picture of it from outside. I waited for the twilight to set in to have the maximum atmosphere. The fire colored the inside of the tent bright orange while the outside was nicely blue because of the snow under a clear evening sky.
Because there was still sufficient light, I just took a few shots and they were all perfect: no need for a high ISO (which controls the sensitivity of the camera to light), nor even a tripod.
A few moments later I tried again but it had become too dark. Photography is often a matter of timing.
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