In one photo of the healthy head of hair of 70-year-old Greenland native Uunartoq, photographer Ciril Jazbec has managed to poetically encompass his entire project of Greenland’s last true subsistence hunters. In the image, Uunartoq’s hair, taken from above and behind, is a swirl of greys and blacks and whites—chaotic and unkempt, healthy and wild. As he approaches old age, we can appreciate this unruly head of hair even more for its stubbornness and resistance to change. At the same time, its messy swirls also resemble the unpredictable and oftentimes harsh climate of Greenland itself.
Based between London and Ljubljana, Jazbec’s project on Greenland’s northern settlers and their sled dogs takes a look at climate change and what this means for older hunters like Uunartoq. As one of the last remaining men of his generation to continue on with this traditional lifestyle, the expansive, striking images from this series are all the more heartbreaking. Jazbec captures Uunartoq in furry, white pants made of arctic animal, unwavering in his sunset years.