Show and tell

August 11th, 2012 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

I absolutely suck at blogging.  Sorry about that, to anyone who used to follow my ramblings on here and maybe even enjoyed them a little bit.

I’m going to blame the fact that I went back to school in January,  which left me with zero spare time whatsoever.

I signed up for a one-year course in Photography at Reykjavík Technical College,  for the simple fact that in Iceland, you’re not actually allowed to call yourself a “photographer” unless you’ve taken this particular course of education.
Some of you may or may not know that I already have a B.A. degree in visual arts, so I was actually going back a step from university level to college level.  Surprisingly,  there was a lot more studying involved.
That really says a lot about Icelands Academy of the Arts..

Anyway,  during that first semester I posted not one single photo I made at  school on Flickr or my official facebook page,  so I figured I’d put together a little show and tell of what I was “learning” this spring.

I have to admit I found it a bit weird having to adhere to teachers instructions on what to photograph and how, but I ended up learning a bunch of technical stuff, (studio lighting for instance) that will no doubt come in handy in my future artistic endeavors.

The first assignment was quite open to interpretation, basically “shoot a 36 frame roll of bw film, interpreting your the way to school” .   For that I just walked around the streets that I drive to school, asking perfect strangers if I could take their portrait.
The only challenge being that I absolutely HATE asking people to take their picture, felt like a complete dork.  So that was a refreshing exercise..  I’m lazy at scanning so these 4 examples are negatives photographed against a window and inverted, hence the rough look ( I rather like it actually)





Next up:  A studio portrait processed in 4 different ways in PS:
(for that I used a practice shot of my classmate, nothing particularly brilliant going on here)   Gave myself serious creative licence on that last one, I’d just gotten my wacom tablet and went nuts with the mixer brush in CS5..

Lets see..  We also had to do 6 portraits of the same person using proper studio lighting technique.  For that project I used my older son Bjarki, here are a couple I’m really pleased with:


For environmental portraits (meaning “people photographed in a way that reflects their profession or personality) , I photographed the mayor of my hometown Hafnarfjörður (who happens to be my boyfriends dad),
a horse tamer (who happens to be my boyfriends best friend)  and an Icelandic fisherman (who happens to be my boyfriend):


Another project was to photograph our daily environment in some way.  Here’s some of what came out of that:
Stuff around the house:
Stuff around the neighborhood (shot with my Holga)

I did some sports photography:

White on white / black on black

Lightpainting (my violin that I bought in 2011 and never have time to play) :

Indoor architecture:

And a lot of black and white film stuff.  I in fact purchased a ’78 Hasselblad off ebay in January, the following images were taken with that:


I’ll leave it at that for now,   just felt like sharing so people would know I’m still alive and haven’t given up on photography :)





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Great post, fun to see snippets from daily life and all the photo’s have great qualities, especially the horse trainer ;)

Rebekkah, so glad that you are alive and snapping! Love the violin and the young girl pics in particular! But then I’m in awe of all your work.

Interesting and varied work and considering the fact that you are studying and amom and a one woman clothing industry….wow you are amazing.

My favourites are the picture of your boyfriend and the portrait of the little girl at the end.
I would love to go back to school for a course like this, I would learn so much!

I have to say I like your pictures with people the best. Particulary the outdoor pictures where processed. It looked like snow.

I really like the violin too. The lighting and arrangement are nice. It looks like fiddle in Icelandic nearly sounds the same and here all these years I thought it was some rural made-up name.

Ontario Wanderer wrote on August 14th, 2012

My favourite is the cyclist from the sports series.

So glad to see that you haven’t given up on the internet, I remember last year you had a nasty incident where your website was hacked. Love your photography (and knitting!). Keep posting beautiful images and tell us about your life in distant lands.

Thanks for sharing! I love the people in their professions series. Have been a fan since I stumbled upon the first multiplicity shots of yours.

Regards from sunny Germany,

Always good to learn that you’re well and still doing that of which you’re most passionate. Same time next year then — or when I pack-away the old Swedish sweater come spring. Funny thing, those associations. Yeah…

And best wishes for the coming holidays, and success with school!

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