40 down, 21 to go ..

October 6th, 2011 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

I’m sure those of you who’ve already contributed towards making the Weather project possible are getting somewhat anxious to know how things have been progressing since my last update several months ago.  Sorry for the prolonged silence, this summer was pretty hectic, with moving house and stuff,  and time has that habit of flying by without asking anyone’s permission..  So here it is, October already , and we’re only two-thirds of the way through with this project, which I’d optimistically hoped would be completed by september (haha!).

But the good news is , since work will most likely continue throughout the winter,  the pictures will end up even more diverse than if they’d all been taken over the course of 3-4 months, which will only make for an even more amazing book. And that the book will be amazing is something I’m growing more and more confident of.  (yay!)

So here’s the progress report so far:

April 18-25.  Approximately 20 locations covered, around the entire coast of Iceland. Approx. 3200 km travelled.
See travel photos here
May 18-20th :  Four more locations photographed around the Snæfellsnes area. Roughly 900 km travelled.

(it was this windy the entire time.  Very , uhm, invigorating, for lack of another description.. )

July 1-5:  Nine more weather stations visited,  in North-Western and North Iceland. Around 2600 km travelled.
See travel pictures here.

On the most recent journey, October 1-3, we covered only five more locations.  Approx. 1800 km travelled.  Had I not been sick as a dog the entire trip, we probably would have gotten a little more done, but it was either return home a day early or end up with pneumonia, and while I’m pretty dedicated, even I have my limits when it comes to my health.   The northern lights we were treated to our first night in Ásbyrgi more than made up for being sick.

We also managed to fit in one of the most out-of-place weather spots on this leg of the journey,  the Kárahnjúkar power plant, which is located in the highlands north of  Vatnajökull, Icelands largest glacier.

This power plant , with its huge dam flooding (and permanently obliterating) huge areas of untouched nature, home to a myriad of birds and other wildlife, sparked huge controversy when it was being built.  That was the first and only time I’ve participated in public protest (back in 2006 this was, i think), and was incredibly saddened and disappointed in the Icelandic government for going through with the flooding.   So needless to say, visiting this place was quite an experience.

As you can see by the distances covered so far,  keeping in mind the price of fuel these days,  and the fact that both my boyfriend and I have to put all other work aside while driving around working on this,   it’s proving to be one hell of an expensive project, even more so than I assumed at first.   We’ve kept cost down as much as possible by sleeping in a tent most nights (yes, even in April and October, in Iceland)  rather than paying for accomodation, but the fuel factor simply can’t be avoided.  Because of this I’ve been inviting people to support the endeavour with Paypal donations.    Those who contribute 15$ or more, will receive a  PDF copy of the book once its complete.  It will be available for purchase later of course, but not as a PDF, and not at this price, so if you find the project interesting, its not a bad deal.    Those who’re generous enough to donate 50$ or more,  get 5 small prints of any five images from my website, of their choice, plus the PDF of the book.  Everyone wins! Sweet!

To those who have already helped out , I can’t thank you enough for making this possible.  About half of the remaining 21 locations can only be reached by boat or helicopter, so the last third of this massive project will certainly not be easier or less expensive than what’s already complete,  so I’m extremely grateful for all continued support.

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Albatross wrote on October 6th, 2011

Do not feel stressed to produce – well, not beyond whatever helps motivate your work. But your fans trust your ability and your process, and we look forward to your excellent new works.

Rebekka, so looking forward to this! Also, I noticed the other day your blog was hacked and it looks like it persists. If I navigate to the blog from your home page it’s all “Buy Canada Viagara” and stuff…

Markus wrote on October 6th, 2011

I hope your book will be available here in Germany as well …

natalie wrote on October 6th, 2011

Rebekka, just hit you up with a donation and will possibly do it again. I need to see the end of this work! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us. x

Alessandro Rizzolli wrote on October 7th, 2011

Don’t forget to look after your health Rebekka! :)
It will be a really amazing book in the end, we’re all sure about this!!!

I would like to add my agreement to Albatross. If the finished product shows proof of the effort and sacrifice you have made it will be excellent. Please take care of your selves as you travel.

Gord B. wrote on October 8th, 2011

Eager to see the results, but must echo the comments of others: take care of yourself first! Whatever comes out of the project, I’m sure it’ll be terrific.

Julien wrote on October 8th, 2011

No rush, a good book will be better than a book published too quickly :)

I really do enjoy reading your blog, I found you on flickr about four years ago.

Dear Rebekka!
I know your photos from flickr and I am truly inspired by what you do! Now and then I look at your flickr site or visit your website here; and everytime I am impressed by your talent and creativity! Well, that is what I wanted to say to you :-) I am wishing you well, a wonderfull X-mas time and sending you many greetings from Germany^^

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