Prop job

Christopher RobinDowntown, Our Town Arts

Grip is an idyllic fishing village in Norway, first settled in the 9th century. The name Grip, as in to catch or hold, was apt for great catches of fish. Last spring, we took a small boat through the fjords of Norway and 600 miles above the Artic Circle to Bear Island and eventually to the archipelago of Svalbard.

On a sunny and reasonably warm the day, we visited Grip. A deserted island much of the year, we saw a few folks and their colorful, well-kept houses. Except for its beautiful 1700s stave church, the village was completely destroyed at least twice by storms.

Chris and I roamed separately shooting photos, yet we both came back with this same photo. I liked the crisp colors and geometry of this image cropped into a square.

While the past is safe and predictable, the future is unknown. Just as the residents of this remote village seem to “prop” each other up, embrace the excitement and challenges of the new year with fresh energy.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is All works are copyright protected.


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