Photographer's Note

So here's a completely different photo from me.

This is a photo of two Sami children. It's taken at Jokkmokks winter market, a market which has been arranged every winter for over 400 years now. It's an old Sami tradition still living on. During the market days the town of Jokkmokk, which has a population 3000, gets flooded with tourists from far and wide.

The Samis are the indigenous people of Sweden (but also Norway, Finland and the Kola peninsula). Traditionally many Samis were reindeer herders, but now only a minor percentage own reindeer. Even though Samis live modern lives today, many have strong connections to old traditions. All Sami people I've encountered seem to be very proud of their heritage.

It's my first try at photographing people. It was so much harder than I thought it would be! There were people everywhere, but I was lucky to get this close to take a photo of these cute girls.

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