Pieter Slachmuylders on a rock in front of the sea between mountains on Kvalvika beach Lofoten




Sol (pronounced like the English word “soul”; Old Norse Sól, “Sun”) and Mani (pronounced “Mah-nee”; Old Norse Máni, “Moon”), are the divinities of the sun and the moon in Norse mythology.

I’m Pieter, a Belgium based photographer, with a passion for the north, the universe and the mystical.

After graduating as master of arts in philosophy I spent 3 months during wintertime in a remote cabin with no electricity or streaming water 300km above the Arctic circle in Lapland. Many times I returned to the North (Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Lapland area, the Lofoten archipelago), to explore the vast and remote landscapes both in winter- and summertime.
Always bringing my camera with me, attempting to capture the unique sceneries.

When I’m not traveling I explore the universe from my backyard. A telescope, an EQ mount, and some dedicated astronomy gear allow me to collect hours and hours of photons from very faint deep sky objects. Capturing light from distant galaxies and nebulae that has travelled many many lightyears.

And then there are the more mystical pictures, inspired by mythology, sagas and explorations of the possibilities of the imagination.

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