February 24th, 2007 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

This is my most recent school project. I chose to work with icelandic drummers, not with the intent of making a complete series of all drummers in iceland (obviously i would need more time for something like that, and someone would have to pay me, because this project was way expensive with only the seven, film and paper is not cheap), but to just see how many would be willing to cooperate in the time i had to do this (fewer than i’d hoped, thats for sure) and what kind of portraits would come out of it. I was determined to NOT have drums visible, but also determined not to decide beforehand how the photoshoots would be, but to let the subject have their say in that.. and obviously one of them was quite adamant about having his (very awesome) drumset in the photo, which turned out pretty cool even tho it was very different from all the others.

Mostly this was just really good practice for me to go out and contact people i don’t know to use as models, something i find EXTREMELY daunting and difficult, and the fact that 6 other guys said yes but then failed to actually meet me for a photoshoot was particularly daunting, but of course this is part of what it takes to be a good photographer, to be determined and pushy in order to get the photos you want. Im slowly learning.

This was also, of course , a very good excercise in working with the limitations of black and white film, i now feel i could develop film with my eyes closed, and have learned a lot of darkroom techniques that make me feel a little bit more like a “real” photograher.
All in all im pleased with the photos that i did manage to get out of this, and feel it was a very worthwhile project






Sigtryggur (was with the Sugarcubes)


Gummi aka Heldriver


Helgi Svavar






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great photos – that one drum is huge – i like the head under the arm…

I think these are my favorite of your many photos I’ve seen. Well done!

i love the DOF on the first portrait. lovely.

Hi Rebekka.

This project is truly great! Congratulations.
I also find very dificult aproaching people I don’t know in order to photograph them.
I´m also starting my final project in my photography course.. THis time I’m going to photograph my students (ages 6 to 11) in their school environment, hope it all goes well.

Hope you´re doing well ;)
take care

hi rebekka,
great work – or should I say art?

Keep on taking more of those fantastic masterpieces!

cheers, Andreas

Wonderful Work!

I like Sigtryggur & Danni pics over this serie!

Wonderful indeed, I can imagine you are very pleased with the results!!
My personal favourite of these photo’s is Sigtryggur, although I must say I really like ‘em all!

I really like your pictures. I have seen the rest of your work in flickr and in myspace. I really like it. It doesn’t seem that you’re still a student cause some of your pictures are a good ones and you show a good technical control and knowledge and also sensibility.
I work as a photographer in the university and I see a lot of pictures everyday and yours trapped me.
If you don’t mind I will keep following your work and enjoying yours pictures.

Keep working this way. You’ll succes.


What a trip — a drummer friend of mine just got in touch and wants me to redesign his website — and then to find this (he’s going to love this). What a great series, I really like the one of Jónbi ;)

The first two are my favorite because of the dof and the interesting setup. The last one is a blast, truly a Viking drummer :)
I wished you had more time (and more drummers), this serie should be larger.

i managed to squeeze in one more shoot yesterday, i’ll post that soon, quite a good one actually ..

sæl Rebekka,
mig langaði að forvitnast, við hvaða skóla ertu að læra?

flottar þessar hjá þér! hjá mér standa Elli og Arnar uppúr :)


ég er í myndlistardeildinni í LHÍ, á öðru ári…

frábært takk fyrir skjót svör :)

Well done, Rebekka!!! Very impressive! I find it very interesting the opposite way we have approached learning photography. In many ways I wish that I started with Digital and then work my way into analog. I was a formal photographer student starting 15 years ago. Everything back then was (Obviously) analog.

And since I was a starving college student– I heartily identify with you and how expensive it is to process film and prints.. Stupid expensive. So of course, I experimented MUCH less than I would have if I could burn thru thousands of photos to learn how the relationship of time vs ambient light vs aperture. It’s no fun to develop a whole roll of 36 exposures and find you’ve wasted your time, all details are gone.

I feel as if I’ve learned MORE about photography since I got my digital SLR (A Canon 350D no less hehe) last April and experimenting than I ever did during 4 years of formal studies in film photography.

Bravo bravo, you have come such a long long way in an amazing short amount of time, it is simply marvelous to watch your meteoric growth.

OK, I’ll quit. It’s just that I really liked your drummer series and see so much growth represented.

Take good care.

i actually love the limitation of b&w. it’s pretty much just light and shadow in its purest form for me. of course, i’m no professional, but if b&w was still cheaper to develop than color i would take nothing but b&w forever

ok, maybe not, but pretty close :)

great work! you really captured the person, not the stereotype. Extremely well done. This is what photography is all about.

Þurý wrote on March 2nd, 2007

hæ hæ.

Er búin að fylgjast með þér daglega og vonast eftr nýjum myndum. Þessar eru algjört ÆÐI!! Til hamingju enn og aftur Rebekka, þú ert snillingur. Myndirnar þínar vekja mikla lukku í Uppsala en Svíar eru mikil hestanörd og ELSKA Islandshäst og eiga mjög erfitt með að skilja að ég eigi ekki amk einn slíkan.

Ég held áfram að kíkja á þig þó ég nenni ekki alltaf að skrifa. Gangi þér vel.

Your “nonni” photo is awesome. I loved it.

What’s compelling about the photo and what had people freaked out on Flickr is that you masterfully hid the craft. It feels like we just walked in the room, intruded his space, and interfered with this guy’s act of doing something mischievious.

We’re effectively given a “first person perspective” which is very hard to do and pull off in portrait photography–often times it looks fake or staged…this looks real, scary real.

All the photos on this page are dynamic…they have life to them…a story to tell.

Brad really nailed it in his comment above. Had to say that.

Also, thanks for talking about your learning experiences, showing us the vulnerability and difficulty of actually executing an idea (i.e. asking strangers to pose). I’ve been extremely lazy when it comes to shooting. If the subject wasn’t right in front of me, I rarely took the time to assemble the props, set up the lighting, figure out what I wanted to achieve.. I’m taking some baby steps lately, and starting to understand all the effort that goes into just getting yourself
a) awake
b) dressed
c) makeup’ed
d) on-time
e) warm (optional)
f) traveled to the location
g) not chickening out or half-assing it because you’re not warm (see e)

From here it looks like you’ve got some superhuman drive to be a mom, a student, and an artist with time to plan and execute your own projects in addition to all the stuff life obligates.

The mental obstacles are the hardest to overcome. I hate inertia.

oh, i know exactly what you mean… before going ahead with this i’d gone thru a 2 month or so period of knowing i wanted to push myself furhter with my photography (id fallen into a rut) , wanting so badly to work with other people in some way, yet being afraid to take the necessary steps to do it. Feels so good when you overcome that fear and reluctance, and with each project i succeed in actually doing, i feel more confident that i will continue to grow as a photographer, not just settle for doing what people expect from me , or what i know i’m good at…
sometimes baby steps are necessary tho, and better than taking steps backward:)

To further the commentary, I would have to say that creating “art” is not easy. You will be judged…fairly or in some cases very unfairly. Some people will love your work, some people will hate it, the other remaining people won’t care. It’s the indifferent people that bother me not so much the people who disdain my work.

As for motivation. I keep this passage in my wallet: Passion, unattended is a flame that burns to its own destruction.

I’ve always believed in pushing the envelope with my art. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. Thus measure the size of the accomplishments by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.

I like how artists step out of their “comfort zone” and try to express rather than please. I truly believe many of the things that you have been taught were at one time the radical ideas of individuals who had the courage to believe what their own hearts and minds told them was true, rather than accept the common beliefs of their day.

Ég einmitt lærði ljósmyndun MFA og það erifiðasta oft var að fá fólk til að ´pósa´ fyrir sig. Svört/hvít ljósmyndun er rosalega skemmtileg þegar maður ´masterar´ hana. Öll ljósmyndun þarf að vera hugsuð sem list, maður er með hvítan striga fyrir framan sig, og ljósið sem maður notar er málningarburstinn. Maður málar myndirnar með ljósinu.
Mér finnst þú standa þig rosalega vel, það sem mig langaði að spurja þig varðandi þessa seríu er hvort þú fórst af stað með skissur, með ákveðnar hugmyndir af því hvað þú vildir?
Ef ekki, þá væri það góð ´challenge´ að skissa allt áður, og þá er sem maður geti lesið þema, eða sögu úr myndunum.
Svona eins og er svo mikið í myndunum þínum, og virkar alveg svakalega vel.

ég vildi í þessari seríu einmitt vinna öfugt við það sem ég er vön að gera… ég á það til að hugsa of mikið um það fyrirfram hvernig ég vil að myndin verði, og slík hugsun hefur jafnvel komið í veg fyrir að ég fari af stað með einhverja hugmynd af hræðslu við að það sem ég sit uppi með í lokin verði ekki nógu gott.. frekar kjánalegt auðvitað , en tengist því eflaust að vera með mikla fullkomnunaráráttu..

þ.a. hérna ákvað ég að leyfa þeim sjálfum að ráða ferðinni soldið, ákveða hittingarstað og ef þeir væru með einhverja hugmynd að uppsetningu fór ég alveg eftir því.. gerði sem minnst af því að stjórna sumsé. Fín tilbreyting.

en mig langar (og mun gera) í framtíðinni að nota módel á svipaðan hátt og ég hef notað sjálfa mig og búa til sviðsetningar/sögur á þann hátt.. finnst það mjög spennandi tilhugsun..

Wow, this is really an amazing series of work! I discovered your photos via your self portraits and I really like your style and your creativity. Keep up the great work, I’ll be back to check!

All the best, Hans.

Hi Rebekka,

Just wanted to say I love your photos! Your a great photografer and I admire your skills. :)
I discovered your website/blog via Flickr, and its absolutely breathtaking! Thanks for sharing! :) I´m going to add your blog on my blogroll.

Best regards,
Lotta from Sweden

Mér finnst seríurnar þínar vera alveg rosalega flottar, og ef ég má vera alveg hreinskilin að þá veit ég að þú átt eftir að ná langt með seríunum sem eru skipulagðar fyrirfram. Mér finnst trommararnir góðir en svolítið slitróttir, mig sjálfa vantar samhengi, jafnvel ef ég sæi myndirnar á stórri sýningu, þá er eins og nokkrir aðilar hafi skotið þær.
Kíktu á Anton Corbijn eða jafnel Erwin Olaf http://www.erwinolaf.com Anton Corbijn er þekktur fyrir mjög ‘grainy’ look og erwin olaf er þekktur fyrir að vera alltaf meira eggjandi en flestir.
Ó, og hér er enn sem þú VERÐUR að kíkja á http://www.davidhilliard.com
Stíllinn hans er skemmtilegur, hann segir sögu í myndaseríu, samt í einni mynd. Hann hefur unnið til verðlauna þessi.
Finndu ÞINN stíl og þér mun farnast svakalega vel

Great series – you ended up doing a lot more variety and experimentation than I thought you would… I love the sniper-drummer.

And yes, I do owe you an ipod! :)

The last drummer – Jonbi – kinda reminds me Little Prince on his little planet…
I love this book, and I like the pic a lot.
Drummers are special kind of musicians, I’ve spent last 2,5 years in relationship with one… Difficult subject to photograph, yet very challenging and rewarding. :)

Oh.Great series

Wow / you have a very good eye. Congratulations! (and good luck)

Hmmm, er Jónbi einhverntíman fullklæddur þegar hann er að tromma? Þetta er hrikalega flott sería og góð hugmynd að taka trommara fyrir (hefði verið virkilega gaman að sjá Bjössa í Mínus þarna líka)

Mér finnst þetta einna flottast af því sem ég hef séð eftir yður verð ég að segja …. Hefði viljað sjá fleirri flotta trommara þarna reyndar en hey …

rebekka wrote on March 27th, 2007

ég hefði sjálf viljað hafa fleiri, en hafði bara ákveðinn tímaramma til að vinna þetta, og tímafrekt að framkalla filmur og prenta út og ramma inn (þannig skilaði ég þessu af mér í skólanum)..
þetta var samt ágætis tilbreyting , sjálf mjög ánægð með þetta.


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I loved these images! great blog, I`ll leave a link to it if you don`t mind.

Good stuff! You’re seriously talented. Plus, I think it’s cool you took “drummers” as a topic :-)

- Erik

Rebekka, i used to work at Sotheby’s and artnet.com and did lots of work with the photography departments of both of these. let me just say that your talent is rare genius. get a good agent. seriously.

great series of portraits. you do a geat job on putting them in context and working with the people you portray!

oh, btw. keep shoting analogue. your’e style really suits it!

Ian Han wrote on August 9th, 2007

I’ve seen a lot of your pictures on flickr (all great). But these have to be my faves. I love the stuff about having to contact people being daunting; it’s something I would love to do myself but find the whole idea far too daunting.

Great stuff

thanks. these are probably my favorites as well ..

by far my favorites. keep up the wonderful and fun work.

An excellent series. All very different, all very good.

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