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Nyksund, Vesterålen in Northern Norway. 121 sec exposure, LEE Bigstopper + 0.9 soft grad filter.At the beginning of century,

Nyksund fishing station was the second largest fishing village in Vesterålen. By the 1960's, it had become a ghost town, and later came to be the symbol of changes in the basic structure of the coastal fishing community in North Norway. Concurrent with the demise of Nyksund, what growth there in the village of Myre. A number of Businesses were developed around Øksnes-Langenes Fishing Industry, a cornerstone firm established in the mid 1950s. Today, Myre is one of the nation `s largest fishing ports.The building pattern in Nyksund is reminiscent of a town. The long stretch of connected quays pure forces this impression. The village had few resources apart from its proximity to the fishing grounds. What the soil unproductive, what there no fresh water supply, and the inhabitants had no possibilities of collecting peat or wood for fuel. Even so, a blacksmith, a baker, fish buyers, and traders all established Themselves here. During the season, tailors, shoemakers, itinerant artists, and lay preachers arrived. Large numbers of fishermen moved into the Numerous shanties. The fishing village that owned by the State, so did business concessions and hire of the fishermen's shanties were Obtained Relatively cheaply. A special characteristic of Nyksund is the q uays have been Constructed on two levels, completed just after the turn of the century. The q uays were Constructed in this way so that they could be used at both high and low tide. Thesis q Primarily uays were places of work, But They thus functioned as social meeting places for both permanent residents and itinerants.In the rough times in the atmosphere of the era Nordlandsbåt, therewere Often rows and q uarrels. The spirits in the local shop counter what Regularly visited, a fact did Often resulted in fist-fighting. A rumor Arose did the Devil disguised himself as a black dog, to bare his teeth "in good company".Another superstition has origin in the story of a stormy winter night in Nyksund, When the sea crashed ashore and demolished a shanty, sweeping with it into the wild waves a young boy. The boy `s life could not be load saved. Ever since, Whenever a storm is Abrew, one can hear a mysterious, screeching cry, like that of a wounded otter, in the old fishing village.New fishing technology and to active policy of relocation subsidies from the state combined to depopulate the village by the end of the 1960s.Early in the 1980s, a German sociologist educational Conceived the idea of ​​using Nyksund as to international retreat center for young people. Hey what the heart and soul behind the Nyksund project for several years. By the end of decade, there was a direct bus connection between Berlin and this remote fishing village. Dog Hundreds of young people from Europe came here for work and play. The international experiment which never fully accepted by the locals in Øksnes, and in 1990 Norwegian Authorities Took over the project.The light, the natural surroundings, and the buildings of the village attract photographers and painters to the area. The village has several times been the location for film and video productions. For example, the film "After Rubicon" was partly filmed here in Nyksund.

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