Diana Takacsova

The Longest Day
Location: Ostend, Belgium
Nationality: Slovak
Biography: Diana Takacsova is a photographer and visual storyteller. Bringing together rigorous research and a deep interest in personal narratives, her work revolves around questions of identity, physical and emotional connection to place, migration, and... MORE
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The Longest Day
Copyright Diana Takacsova 2023
Updated Jul 2020
Location Svalbard
Topics Documentary, Dreams, Environment, Essays, Freedom, Isolation, Landscape, Media, Nature, Photography, Spotlight, Svalbard, Travel
There is a small community and a largely untouched land where the sun doesn’t set for months. Located between Norway mainland and the North Pole, Svalbard has inspired humans to explore, conquer, push boundaries and to seek places far away from reality. Here, Arctic silence, harsh landscapes and humans are becoming one - yet one can feel incredibly small. But here, changes are happening fast, too: temperatures have risen by 4°C since 1971 - an increase that is far ahead of computer simulations for our planet, making scientists and inhabitants the direct witnesses of the powerful consequences of climate change: melting glaciers, erosion, floods and an increasing amount of rain in what was once an arctic desert.

‘The Longest Day’ is an exploration of the changing reality of this remote part of Europe and its constantly repeating patterns and symbols, seeking to understand why this place is often an escape.

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