Parish priest Anders Roslands and his boat. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

A funeral on the now-uninhabited island of Sanna. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

Eivind Natvig began his career far away from his homeland of Norway. He traveled to the east, to capture the locales of Nepal, India and Bangladesh. But after a while, he decided to return to Norway and focus on “ordinary life.” For the last few years, Natvig has trained his lens on the everyday goings-on of his fellow Norwegians. But to say that his photographs are ordinary would be wrong. His ruminations on life in his native land are a poetic testament to how ordinary life can actually be very profound and astonishing.

Natvig’s latest project, “Come for all is now ready,” catapulted him into the northernmost region of Norway, just south of the Arctic Circle and consisting of thousands of islands. There he mingled with the people of the various coastal towns of Nordland, hanging out with people like the priest Anders Roslan who has dedicated his life to serving these isolated communities. Through his interactions, Eivind has given us insights into a coastal way of life in Norway that isn’t often seen and is disappearing. Although Eivind likes to say that he is just focusing on ordinary life and that “the normal is more than enough for me,” the end result is anything but ordinary.

A young girl beside the coffin of her grandfather. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

A man prepares a grave during winter. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

A young girl attends a baptism at church. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

An Easter church service. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

Inside a small chapel. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

Priest Anders Rosland strolls on the island of Sanna. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

Boys listening to a Sunday worship service. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

Priest Anders Rosland gives a woman last communion. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

Sunday worship at Aldersund Church in the village of Haugland. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

Priest Anders Rosland walks outside during a storm. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

An organist plays music at Lovund Church in Luroy on the island of Lovund. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

Priest Anders Rosland is out in the woods cutting a Christmas tree for his family. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

A woman leans against the fall winds on the island of Lovund. (Eivind H. Natvig/Moment/INSTITUTE)

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