I shiver as I walk with Helle along the pier towards the sea, wrapped in a small towel. I realise later that my only thoughts are on how shockingly cold the water might be, rather than feeling self conscious of my nudity. As my body touches the water, I breathe in sharply and feel hundreds of pinpricks all over my skin. It feels exhilarating but a little painful and after a few seconds, I rush to pull myself out of the water, laughing. Teeth chattering, we quickly find respite in the sauna and we relax for ten minutes. As we leave its warmth, Helle informs me we must dip into the cold waters once more to close our pores. With some hesitation I submerge myself again, but this time I’m surprised by how good it feels and when I get out of the water, I don’t feel cold at all.
A Restless Soul
At the bottom of the valley in Málaga, Spain, in a makeshift shack built from an assortment of materials, eight people are sleeping on a mixture of mattresses, sofas and beds. It’s very late and the door is open to allow a cool breeze to come into the room. Various sounds can be heard – crickets, wild dogs, the flapping of the tarpaulin roof, snoring, and the continual blast of the TV that was never switched off. Clearest of all is the disturbing repetition of Santiago tossing and turning in his bed, pacing the room, getting up to go outside, wrapping himself in his blanket, while muttering over and over again, “No lo aguanto más” – I can’t take it anymore.
Santiago, 24, is a young man from Maracaibo, the second largest city in Venezuela. At the age of 14 he moved to Orlando, Florida in the United States with his mother and stayed there for ten years before coming to Spain. Stories of drug trafficking, fast money and guns are mentioned in his tale, as is the deep regret of things he witnessed during that time. Tanned and with a trim physique, there is a childlike quality about him – charming and playful, yet stubborn and manipulative. His story is one of internal struggle and isolation, battling with his demons for the past few months in an unconventional rehab in the hills of La Palmilla, Málaga.
Toeing the Line
Nikoline Nielsen is a youth member of the right-wing Danish People’s Party.
“You can have your own culture at home,” she says. “But when you go out in society, you need to be part of the group, learn to speak Danish. If you want to have a job, you need to take that headscarf off.”
However, it is not Nikoline’s Danish People’s Party membership that made her famous, it was a bet she made with a friend claiming she could become an overnight online sensation. She now has over 30,000 fans on Facebook and a staggering 4 million views onYouTube. With a brash exterior and outspoken beliefs, she is allegedly the most-viewed Dane within Denmark. But is this really who she is?
Samone lives with her three year old son, Samuel, in the south of Aarhus. I spent 24 hours with them, documenting their weekend in an attempt to show the feeling of their relationship, without words.
An Ethereal Nomad
It's more than a job, it's a lifestyle. Dealing with sadness on a daily basis requires a certain type of person who possesses gentleness and emotion. In John Skou, an undertaker for the past 14 years, we find just that. Moving between two worlds, he guides us through the transition between life and death and, along the way, shares his thoughts on why he loves what he does.
Nate Grann, Carolina Harkort and Shan Rixon are three international photojournalists who studied at the Danish School of Media & Journalism in the spring of 2011. This film was produced by them as part of a multimedia workshop with the Bombay Flying Club.