Dear B7 friends,
I am back from a fascinating trip to three of B7 islands: this time Åland, Bornholm and Gotland. 2-3 days on each. As always, our B7 islands were very different in how they open to the outsider. Åland was very empty. I hardly could find any living creature. In my photography I concentrated on Mariehamn and its Sjökvarteret, including restoration of the sailing ship Hoppet. I also tried to look at Åland as a modern shipping island. Emma suggested me the topic of Green island, but it was too sudden to get a good coverage. On Bornholm, there was also sea heritage. Launching of two wooden boats and a big party in the harbour.
The pictures from Bornholm appear most lively, most relaxed (beer?).
While on Gotland I had the best response from local people, and could visit the real life places. The topic we chose with Anne and Ulla was agriculture. Thanks to invaluable help by Riina Noodapera from the Hushållningssällskapet Gotland, I could visit four different producers, and some more places. The farmers were very open, very friendly, and proud to show their life.
I have prepared so far two selections to show you. One from Bornholm. And the other one, a "postcardish" collection from Christiansø, which was an unexpected side visit. I never knew we had such an unusual rocky pearl in our sea.
With best insular greetings,
Toomas Kokovkin, Hiiumaa