The Silence of the North
Silence always contains a double perspective: on the one hand, the stillness of contemplative plenitude, and on the other, the sinister resonance of the unknown. In a subtle way, silence manifests itself in its limits: presence or absence, fullness or emptiness, peace or peril. Surrounded by acoustic and visual noise, we yearn for the calm of the pond, the snowy landscape or the faint murmur of a stream. But silence also represents alertness, isolation, coercion, or even the absence of life.
The silence of the North is primarily human silence. The sounds of the world, its geophony and biophony, are as powerful as they are extraordinary. Even the slight whisper of the wind is breathtaking. On the other hand, the characteristic absence of human sounds in northern landscapes represent isolation, the non-social. A silence that might become a mirror of the soul itself, returning us to a feeling of loneliness or emotional desolation.