The images appearing in ‘Northern Silence’ were taken over a period of 25 years, from the mid-1980s to 2012, at the far northern tip of Norway, where photographer Cato Lein grew up, in Finnmark. The mood is dull, with a blackness that reminds one of the sharp contrasts belonging to social documentary, rather than classic landscape photography. Over the last 50 years, the appearance of the Varanger Peninsula has changed dramatically. It has become warmer and the tundra is on the verge of disappearing. Moss grows on the bare granite mountains of the past, and Arctic birches are being replaced by southern varieties. A melancholy look at a transformed place.