A little over five years ago, photographer Chad Blakley and his wife moved to Abisko National Park to take on seasonal summer jobs, but quickly fell in love with the breath-taking landscape and warm people of Swedish Lapland.
– My interest in photography began at a young age. When I was a teenager, I worked for the local newspaper in a small town outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. During my college years I started a small business photographing weddings and students preparing for graduation. Though I truly enjoyed the technical aspects of photography, I soon grew tired of the repetitive scenes. I put down my camera and thought that my days behind a lens were finished, tells Chad Blakley.
– Nearly ten years after losing interest in photography, something incredible happened – I married a beautiful Swedish woman. I quit a well paying job in the US and moved to a small town in the far north of Sweden called Abisko, he remembers.
Their intention was to live in Abisko for one season and then to move on. At the time Abisko was still an undiscovered town that was very busy in the summer and relatively quiet in the winter. Since Chad didn’t speak a word Swedish, the only job he got was in the cleaning department at the STF Abisko Mountain Station.
– I gladly accepted this opportunity and spent my days cleaning – in the afternoon I was free to explore the surroundings in Abisko National Park. As I slowly discovered all of the beauty in the area I developed a love for the Park and a curiosity to experience it in wintertime, says Chad.
After traveling during the fall they returned to Abisko for the winter. Chad was excited about his new job which meant he could ski all day and look at the crystal clears skies above Abisko in the evenings.