Lyngør is a group of tiny islands without cars on the south Norwegian coast. In 1991 Lyngør was voted Europe's best kept village. The archipelago was at that time inhabited by aproximately 120 people. Today the number is reduced to 73, and declining. The reduction of inhabitants is tightly knit to the school being shut down in 1999. The law that obliges house-buyers to actually live in the houses they buy is full of loopholes and is scarcely controlled by the local government. Lyngør has unfortunately been turned into one of many examples of failed district politics in Norway. The picture-perfect places we are so proud of, are becoming as lifeless as the post-cards themselves. Norway's preferred presentation outwards does not concur with the way Norway really is today.
"Scenery Flats" continues a project my father initiated in 1980, which consisted of a photo-documation of all the houses of Lyngør. He also gathered sound-material from two of the oldest inhabitants of Lyngør at that time. I am photographing the same houses again, and recording new sound-material from the oldest in Lyngør today. This is an ongoing project.