The brother

When Elin Høyland heard about two elderly brothers, Harald and Mathias Ramen, living together in Tessanden, a small hamlet in rural Norway, she approached them to see if they would collaborate with her on a photographic project about their lives. The result is a fascinating and warmly human study of a way of life that has now almost entirely disappeared.

Harald (75) and Mathias (80) had always lived on the smallholding in which they were born. Neither had married. Mathias once worked in Oslo for two months, but hadn’t like it, whilst Harald spent one night, ‘the worst of his life,’ he would say, in a hotel in Lillehammer, some three hours away. They’d worked for an electricity company, as loggers and also as carpenters, but now much of their time was taken up just managing firewood for their home. As Harald said, they chopped wood, carried wood and burned wood. At least twice a day, they also fed wild birds in the twenty bird boxes that they monitored. Their days followed a predictable and comforting routine. In their free time they listened to the radio or read the local paper. Little changed from year to year, though Mathias once said that changes were happening the whole time and it would probably end up with them getting an inside toilet with running water. Harald died from an asthma attack while shovelling snow in conditions of –20ºc. Mathias continued to live alone in the house until he moved into an old people’s home. He died in 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

foto by Elin Høyland

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  1. #1 by G Ken on 八月 27, 2011 - 1:47 下午

    这老哥儿倆!Elva为什么不翻中文,一定有不少故事。。。。。。。。。。。。

  2. #2 by G Ken on 八月 27, 2011 - 2:01 下午

    我知道75岁的哈拉和80岁的马蒂亚斯是挪威人,住在奥斯陆,过着旁人看似非常单调的生活,每天砍木材烧木材、喂养鸟类和观察鸟类,再就是读读报纸听听收音机。
    黑白的照片和这故事带我回到过去年代,现在这种生活既向往又畏惧。

  3. #3 by enjilarlar on 八月 28, 2011 - 12:51 下午

    一对老宅男!

  4. #4 by 印月 on 八月 28, 2011 - 11:24 下午

    看到最后两张心里一阵悲伤,这样的摄影真实的有点太残忍了

  5. #5 by Beya on 八月 29, 2011 - 12:03 上午

    没啥悲凉的,他们选择了自己喜欢的生活方式,我还羡慕呢。我也不想上班,想宅就宅,想出去玩儿就出去玩儿,不成啊。。。要付账单。。。
    我就觉得内老哥哥一定对老人院的生活恨之入骨,无奈身不由己。。。。

  6. #6 by 世緯 on 九月 12, 2011 - 11:43 上午

    中秋快乐啊,团团圆圆!

  7. #7 by Ella on 十月 2, 2011 - 3:57 上午

    好久没上了,一上来看到你的这篇,看这哥俩好的。

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