Arctic Surfers

It is 3.30 pm on the Lofoten islands. The sun has set almost an hour ago and the moon rising between two snow mountains reflects its bright light onto the icy beach of Flakstad.

 Tarjei Hansen, from Tromso is looking at moon rise on the Flakstad spot after a session in the waves

Even though we are hundreds of kilometers North of the Arctic Circle , the most popular activity here is surfing . The Lofoten islands are famous worldwide for their scenic fishing villages surrounded by snow mountains, icy bays and northern lights. Although it is cod fishing that has traditionally played the dominant role in the islands’ history a local surfing scene has emerged in the little bay of Unstad, cut off from the rest of the island by mountains. Nowadays, what used to be the village school has become a surf camp welcoming adventurers and professional surfers from all around the world coming to defy the best waves of the Arctic.

 A local Lofoten based teacher enjoy the big swell coming from Iceland to spend an afternoon surfing in Unstad
 On the many peaks forming the incredible landscape of the Lofoten island
 A local surfer getting ready to enter the icy water of the arctic sea in the Lofoten island .
 A group of visitor is learning to surf on the spot of Flakstad in the lofoten islands

I traveled to the Lofoten in the winter of 2017 to work on this series. Please contact me at timfranco@gmail.com or trough my agency directly at matt@instituteartist.com.

The story is available here in a complete set on The Institute Story page.

Northern Lights in Norway

As I was traveling in the Lofoten islands in Norway to work on a story about Arctic Surfers, I was often on the road , driving from one surfing spot to the other and back to the beautiful fishing village of Sorvagen. Every night, I could see the beautiful Northern Lights ( Aurora Borealis ) appearing on the sky above me. It was not part of my project but i could not resist the temptation of stopping the car and capturing those fascinating ray of green colours traveling through the beautiful star filled sky.

Tim Franco is an Asia based photographer available for commercial and editorial photography assignment in South Korea, China and South east Asia.

Khazar Islands - A failed urban dream ?

During my time in the Azeri Capital, working on my Crude Gentrification Story, I tried to visit and learn about as many places and project as possible . The Khazar Islands project is by far the one that surprised me the most ! This gigantic complex, as large as a small city is suppose to be spread on 30 Km2 over the caspian Sea and house about a million residents over luxury villas and supposely the tallest tower in the world ( Azerbaijan Tower ) . As per the wikipidia page , the project is suppose to go and be finished by 2025 but the reality seems otherwise. The site has been abandoned after only a few of the buildings have been erected. The Khazar Islands project can be seen as a reflection of the situation in Azerbaijan, a country that is trying hard to shine through new urban development and international event but that fails to see its realities . Here are a few images of it and some renders of the project found on the wikipedia page.

Only the entrance building with its swimming pool seems to rise at the entrance - here below a few of the rendering of how the project should look like 

America Road Trip with old Rolleilfex part 2

A couple month ago, I took off to America for the Metamorpolis Book Launch in New York and then traveled by Car from Florida to California. Most of the time, I enjoyed discovering new places and meeting with friends, taking a break from photography but once in a while I took my old rolleilfex twin lens out of the bag to capture a few photos, here are some of them