Grenen

July 16, 2017

At the northern most point of Denmark lies Grenen, an ever-changing sandbar which attracts tourists from around the world. The force which shapes this fascinating landscape is the endless feud between two seas, the Skagerrak and Kattegat. Clearly accentuated by waves colliding in a choppy, sandy mess, these battling seas actually deposit so much sand that Grenen grows at around 10m per year.

 

Like the nearby Bangsbo Fortress, there are many fortifications built by Germany during World War II. In this case, it is difficult to imagine how the beach would have appeared during Nazi occupation as the fortifications are slowly being enveloped by the harsh, sandy environment.

 

Another case where the environment is dominating the battle against man’s mark is with Skagen Lighthouse. When it was originally lit, in 1858 it stood in the centre of the peninsula, however, the Kattegat slowly edged its way inland to the point where it is now only a stone’s throw away.

 

- Shot on Canon A-1, 50mm with Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm film

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