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.

Korea Travel Story for Geo Magazine

Last august, I have been assigned by Geo Magazine in France to travel around some of the UNESCO sites of Korea to shoot a travel issue. It was an incredible chance to visit the country where I am now based. The story was published in this month issue of the magazine, here are some of the unpublished photos and a gallery of the magazine press clip !

The trip took us from the fortress of Suwon to the Anohe folk villages. We then stayed in the temples of Haeinsa in the Gaya Mountains. The trip ended up the Yeosu peninsula when traveled around the islands and fishing villages.

Tim Franco is a Seoul and Shanghai based photographer who travels the Asia region on commercial & editorial assignments

Ghost Cities | China Property market Issues

More photos from my work on ghost cities around China that are part of the story I did for the Wall Street Journal ( see post below ). 

An abandonned housing complex in yingkou China

An old man resting on pack of straw in the middle of Yingkou new Harbour district

The Yingkou Olympic Stadium

The Yingkou new district city scape

Abandoned road in Yingkou downtown

Yingkou Beach

Seoul urban study and cityscape

Itaewon at dawn

Gangnam offices at dusk

Central Seoul at dusk

Gangnam main shopping area

Itaewon

Seoul is connected & wired through the latest and fastest online technologies. It is also a new city, mostly reconstructed after the Korean War, its large avenues and modern buildings seems endless in the center and spreading through beautiful mountains surrounding the city. It gives this megapolis a unique energy. While modern & tall buildings can be found in various part of the city, they always surround smaller and more intimate districts made of small alleys , traditional houses and business. Christianity is also an important part of modern Korean culture. In any district, the neon litted crosses can be seen from afar.

 

This urban study made with a traditional 4x5 large format wooden field camera in film aims to document the urban enviornement of the South Korean Capital.