Fairies, Hobbits, and Wood Nymphs: Scenes From the Fairly Magical Faroe Islands

It's not every day that you get to explore an isolated island archipelago with rolling meadows, spectacular hillsides, and plummeting cliffs. The Faroe Islands are such a place - one might expect to find fairies, hobbits, or wood nymphs around any corner. Lazar Gintchin is an artist who has found himself in these Faroes for the past three years, capturing its natural beauty on his camera lens.
The Faroe Islands are located north of Iceland and west of Norway, about 200 miles. With around 53,000 people, the islands covered just 540 square kilometers and were settled by the Norse several centuries ago. The gulf stream, which keeps extreme temperatures in check, makes the islands surprisingly cool. They feature a tundra-style ecosystem with many plant species and few trees, as well as plenty of sea birds. Gintchin set out into this environment searching for what he calls "live art."
Gintchin photographs stunning vistas—or "live art" —for his work as a fine-art photographer. These pictures, which have been transformed into high-quality fine art prints, provide windows to the world. Gintchin began photographing landscapes as a youth in Bulgaria, and his ambitions for depth and detail are reflected in the name. From his early experiences with film in the Pirin mountains to his current travels around the world, Gintchin has captured aspen groves, desert canyons, and sunsets using film and digital cameras. He currently resides in Colorado with his family. You may follow his career and travels on Instagram, as well as purchase prints of his work and photographs at his website.