2001年,在挪威的一个小村庄Tessanden里,居住着一对兄弟Harald和Mathias。虽然两个人都已是耄耋之年(那时候,Harald今年75岁,Mathias已经80岁了),但是他们仍在为一家电厂工作,一个是伐木工人,另一个是工匠。他们每天的工作就是劈柴、搬运木头和烧木头。他们每周都会去一趟当地的超市,把包里塞满日常所需的食物。

Mathias曾经在奥斯陆工作过2个时间,但是他一点也不喜欢那里。Harald在利勒哈莫尔的一个宾馆里度过了他有生以来最痛苦的一个夜晚。这么多年来,他们在小村庄里过着规律而安逸的生活,日复一日。尽管Mathias有一次说,变化始终都在发生,不过这些变化可能会在某一天终结——当房间里有一个有活水的室内卫生间。在寒冷的一天,气温只有零下20度,Harald因为哮喘发作而病逝。Mathias在这座房子里孤独的生活了3年多之后,他搬进了Vågå的养老院。Mathias在2007年去世。

这样的生活方式在当今的挪威几乎已不复存在,只是永远的留存在了摄影师Elin Høyland的底片上。

When Elin Høyland heard about two elderly brothers, Harald and Mathias Ramen, living together in Tessanden, a small hamlet in rural Norway, she approached them to see if they would collaborate with her on a photographic project about their lives. The result is a fascinating and warmly human study of a way of life that has now almost entirely disappeared.

Harald (75) and Mathias (80) had always lived on the smallholding in which they were born. Neither had married. Mathias once worked in Oslo for two months, but hadn’t like it, whilst Harald spent one night, ‘the worst of his life,’ he would say, in a hotel in Lillehammer, some three hours away. They’d worked for an electricity company, as loggers and also as carpenters, but now much of their time was taken up just managing firewood for their home. As Harald said, they chopped wood, carried wood and burned wood. At least twice a day, they also fed wild birds in the twenty bird boxes that they monitored. Their days followed a predictable and comforting routine. In their free time they listened to the radio or read the local paper. Little changed from year to year, though Mathias once said that changes were happening the whole time and it would probably end up with them getting an inside toilet with running water. Harald died from an asthma attack while shovelling snow in conditions of –20ºc. Mathias continued to live alone in the house until he moved into an old people’s home. He died in 2007.

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