Archipelago Sea Part 1

Archipelago Sea is a two part photo journal documenting the landscape, natural world, people and their life of the archipelago area. The photographs were shot on the islands of Kemiönsaari, Högsåra and the lighthouse island Bengtskär in May-September 2016.

The Archipelago Sea is a part of the Baltic Sea within Finnish territorial waters. The area is located between the Gulf of Bothnia, the Gulf of Finland and the sea of Åland. By some definitions it contains the largest archipelago in the world by the number of islands. There is an estimate of 50,000 islands if all the smallest skerries are taken to count.

The islands have a unique biodiversity. The bigger islands resemble the coastal regions of Finland while many of the smaller islands are devoid of trees but still have a rich plant life. The environment has a relatively long growing season and is fertilised by guano. The wildlife varies from white-tailed eagles, ringed and grey seals to harbour porpoises and common eiders. The area is home to many species which are not found anywhere else in Finland.

Baltic Sea is the youngest sea on our planet. It is also one of the most polluted waters in the world. Due to its very low average depth of 55 meters and its narrow connection through Kattegat Bay to the North Sea it has a fragile ecosystem. It is also a heavily trafficked area. Nine countries surround the Baltic Sea- Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. The region is home to more then 85 million people. Overfishing and pollution mean that species living in the Baltic Sea are at extreme risk. Along with oil spills, these threats have resulted in more then half of all fish species being categorised as at a critical level.

Archipelago Sea part two.

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