Norrby Skär, Västerbotten, Sweden
Shot during our weekend vacation to the small archipelago of Norrby skär, early june 2014
Three exp HDR. Shot with my Tamron 11-18mm wide angle.
Norrby Skär is a small archipelago consisting of a handfull of islands. At the end of the 19th century,
three of these where artificially tied together by creating narrow bridges of land, and the most modern
sawmill in europe was built here.
At it's peak, the mill at Norrby employed 20 000 people, and a whole community grew up on the islands,
with electricity in all the houses and a lot of modernities not commonly seen elsewhere at the time.
By the 1920's, the sawmill was superseeded by other, more modern facilities, and the production pace
slowly ground to a halt. The archipelago, once again, stood uninhabited.
Today, the houses here are used by vaccationers. Many of them have gone in families for generations.
It seems the people in charge here at Norrby didn't want to come to terms with the gradual decline
of their mill. The boats (built to transport the produce) you can see on this image was left uncompleted,
as empty shells.