In 2011 my boyfriend Óli and I (see above) embarked on a journey in his Land Rover Defender, accompanied by our dog:
to make photo book. The idea, to make a long story short, was to travel around Iceland, to each location mentioned in the weather forecast on the radio, and photograph me in the surrounding landscape, wearing a long dress, to illustrate what the weather was like in each spot.
What I found particularly exciting about the idea, was to illustrate what these places looked like, as most people in Iceland (let alone foreigners) have only seen a handful of thees places, if any.
We got very far with the project in 2011, making 4 trips and photographing about 40 locations out of 62. We worked from april to October, and this hiking tent was our home away from home, even in those colder months:
Our swift progress in 2011 was largely due to the fact that over 120 people were kind enough to donate funds toward the project. To them I will always be hugely grateful. Then 2012 rolled around. I went back to school (to study the more technical aspects of photography),
and was drowning in assignments until the end of november. The summer was spent repairing a leak in the ceiling, hanging drywall, repainting, and building a shed to have some extra room to store stuff (we live in a tiny 2-bedroom apartment with my two teenagers).
To make matters worse, Óli smashed his hand between a steel door and its frame during a storm at sea in february (he works as a fisherman and is away 80% of the time) He couldn’t drive for 2 months, let alone operate a camera. All in all we only managed to visit 3 more locations that whole year. Pretty lame. Anyway, I applied for a grant from the Icelandic art funding committee (i’ve no idea if it’s called that in english, but that describes what it does) in order to be able to afford to continue working on this in 2013. (Most of the spots left can only be reached by boat or helicopter, which is going to be even more expensive than travelling by truck). I was turned down, which saddened me greatly, as the project seemed pretty worthwhile and is already so close to completion. Nevertheless, I’ve been busy in my spare time putting together what we have so far. Here’s a screenshot from the program I’m using to assemble the book:
(Click on it to see it a bit larger)
Here’s a closer look at one of the spreads:
As you can see from this spread, the left-hand pages will contain text about each location, maybe a little anecdote if something humorous happened during the shoot, and a small map of Iceland showing where each picture is taken. At the back will be a bunch of behind-the-scenes pictures. It’s gonna be a pretty cool book.
So, If you’d like to help out, that would be awesome. 15$ or more works as a pre-order for a PDF of the book once it’s done. Your name and email will be added to the growing list of people already waiting for theirs.
Here’s a handy button that takes you to paypal:
(The book will of course be available in print as well, but as of yet I have no idea how it’ll be priced)Read 51 comments