Six months after graduation, I had trouble finding a job, but an opportunity arose when I applied as an entertainment crew member for a notorious cruise line.
At first I thought it would have been a good way to keep busy and see the world, a vision soon crushed by schizophrenic work hours and tasks I deemed ridiculous and often humiliating, such as forcing visitors to be happy at all times.
I wasn’t cut for the job, I suffered tremendously and only lasted two months.
I did, however, see the world, with the ship ending up all the way to Ny Ålesund, Svalbard, the northernmost inhabited place on Earth, merely a few miles away from the North Pole.
I had the chance to spend only a few hours there, and tried to take it all in as much as I could.
Ny Ålesund is a former coal mining settlement which has later become an international scientific outpost for all kinds of environmental studies.
I was fascinated by such extreme environment and really wished I had the opportunity to spend more time there.
These pictures are a small, personal account of a place I would have loved to explore and document more thoroughly.