Guro & Monings

Guro & Monings

PHOTOGRAPHERS AND WRITERS

We are two photographers, both of whom have been looking for our mission in life. Or the meaning, if you will. Mona chose to become a nurse, Guro to become a teacher. We both found a greater meaning in being around other people, but we did not find ourselves in the systems. At about the same time, without even knowing each other, we picked up each of our cameras and found our way to still do something good for people – completely free of the systems.

We have gone different, but at the same time, same roads, before we came to a crossroad at the same time! Since that time, which we do not exactly remember when was, we have come together and found that our souls belong together. The mission of life, to spread love, becomes even more meaningful when we are two! With a camera and a pen, we think we can make the world a little better. Together we will document this strange mortal life – both the good and the painful parts.

Guro and Monings are interested in everything that is alive, fine, sore and strange. The daily life, the ordinary and the nearby nourishes our souls with meaning.

In 1978, Mona came to earth and has since then wondered where she went wrong. Mona, or Monings as she is often called, is educated as an art photographer in England and has worked as a photojournalist in Africa. Mona lives with her son Olaf, aka the Mini Assistant, in a small, charming house in Helgeroa. Photographically, Mona juggles playfully between classic portraiture, documentary and art photography. When Mona is photographing, she flips her calf legs while her long red hair flies to all sides, camera in one hand, reflector in the other and laughter vibrates evenly. It may look like it won’t be a single Brugane image, but each time both Guro and Mona are surprised by the result. Mona is known for her poetic texts which she writes for her pictures and in September 2018 she published her first book with the team in The Daydreamers. Death occupies Mona and her greatest dream is to work close to the dying. There is so much good help in getting here to earth, but there is a gap which Mona hopes to be able to close, when it comes to the death process.

In 1981, Guro came the same way Mona came three years before. All of her life she has sensed a longing for a place she does not know where to find. Guro is a trained photographer from Bilder Nordic School of Photography. She lives with her children August and Ludvig in Lørenskog. Guro is constantly looking for the real thing in photography. For her, man is complete in his perfect imperfection – and this is what she wants to perpetuate. Guru’s lyrics are heart-warming and close and in the spring of 2018, she became known as “The Mum Who Sold The iPad” after a post in Aftenposten. Guro has a great commitment to the kids growing up today and is passionate about releasing them from both screens and the cluttered system grip.

Four years ago she set foot on Arctic soil for the first time and her life changed forever. The strong homesickness takes a break when she is at Svalbard. So far north, she feels closer to the very source of life.

Our common slogan and mantra in life is that it will be as it should be. When we rest in that certainty, amazing things happen. Try it too.

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Guro & Monings

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My daughter Victoria and I traveled to Svalbard in the fall of 2019 with a few friends. It’s a place I have dreamed of going to for a long time and I don’t regret a second of it. It’s the place where your pulse immediately goes in resting mode, when the mighty mountains approaches the flights – the air so fresh that it freezes in the cheeks. I was overwhelmed.
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It all started with a call of the Arctic: it sent me to East Greenland as a 15-year-old teenager and at the same time, Martin started his dog sledding career on Svalbard, which then led him to become a member of the Sirius Dog Sled Patrol in Greenland.
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She is a fantastic, loving lady and I have yet not met anyone she couldn’t completely charm.
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With two good adoptions, I doubt I'll ever choose another way to get a dog again. We have skipped the puppy stage and can enjoy the Svalbard nature with the two best hiking companions one can get.
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By the end of 2018 we had made up our minds – we wanted to adopt a retired sled dog from Svalbard and let it move into our home, a small number of kilometers from Stockholm.
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At Green Dog Svalbard, each guide is responsible for 30 dogs. In no time, the 30 dogs will become your best friends. Most of one's day is spent with them. Each one is amazing. They each have their own personality and must be treated and handled in different ways.
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Bringing Andrea into our family has been and is, a great joy and incredibly good company and not least a fantastic travel companion.
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- Mom, he says. - Now I'm really looking forward to it. I wish we could live there forever. Do you promise to wake me up before we land? I also have to see what it looks like from the sky. Then he falls asleep. In my lap. On their way to their third visit to Svalbard.
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This is the story of when Ida, Ingeborg, Anette, Barbro, Guro and Monings travelled on a three-day dog trip on Svalbard. About when the world took a break. About laughter, cold temperatures (-35 chill factor to be exact), silence, frost in the moustache, dogpoop and northern lights.
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Days were going so fast and now it has already been almost 2 years and Im happy and proud to be part of a company like Green Dog. For us it is not a job, it is a lifestyle and a pure passion to create experiences which will stay with our customers for a lifetime.
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It was love at first sight, when we met Vegi at a dogsled trip with Green Dog in May 2017 and in September the same year, she came to us on the mainland. No doubt, we had to adopt this Lady!
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It is late September and in the Advent Valley outside Longyearbyen autumn and winter meets. The tundra is deep red, the mountains have a new layer of powder on top. The seasons at Svalbard live their own lives. It’s winter, followed by another winter, a moment of summer and then autumn. That is how the days, weeks and months at 78 degrees north are dancing away and if you like this dance, it is difficult to stop. Hard to leave the Arctic.

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