Photo Series

Ásmundarsafn and Yearning for Space

Visiting Iceland earlier in the year, I caught Yearning for Space at Ásmundarsafn in the few days before the exhibition closed. Yearning for Space is the name of an Ásmundur Sveinsson sculpture from 1967, and it indexes the time when the Space Race was at its peak: set off by the successful orbiting of Sputnik 1 in October 1957, after the Soviet Union…

The Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden

Born at Galtafell farm in southern Iceland, Einar Jónsson studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, settling in the Danish capital from 1904 following a couple of years spent mostly in Rome, with visits also to Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Vienna, and Florence. At the time, around the turn of the twentieth century, Iceland possessed little in…

Iceland: Grótta and the Lighthouse

In the township of Seltjarnarnes at the north-westernmost tip of Greater Reykjavik, looking out over the Faxaflói bay, lies Grótta with its rugged beach and lighthouse. The small spit becomes an island at high tide, and it is closed off for around a month while birds nest in the early summer, but otherwise it is one of the most beautiful spots…

Iceland: Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is the most popular tourist route in Iceland. Looping approximately 300 kilometres from Reykjavik into the Icelandic interior and back, its main sites are always the same: overlooking Þingvellir national park; the geothermal area Haukadalur, home to Geysir, which is so intermittent that tours tend to stop near Strokkur instead, a fountain geyser which erupts every 5-10 minutes…

York Inundated: The December 2015 Floods

With water levels already high across the north of England, and in parts of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales – after Storm Desmond in the first week of December brought record rainfalls and flooded thousands of homes in Cumbria and Lancashire, with heavy rain persisting throughout the month – on 26 December, Boxing Day, more rain caused the Environment Agency to issue 7 severe…

Last Year in Jokkmokk: Winter Market

The name of Jokkmokk, a small town of under 3,000, in the Lappland province in the very north of Sweden, would be Sami for ‘River’s Curve’, only there is no bend or curve to be found in the water here. The town does lie nearby the Lesser Lule River, which is entirely within the municipality of Jokkmokk, along with the tributaries the…

Last Year in Umeå: Wandering in White

The third and final part of this short series showing something of Umeå in the long winter months, and while installments one and two were set in the heart of the Västerbotten metropolis, featuring ice sculptures, slides, log fires, neon lights, reindeer, and fireworks all within the confines of the city itself, the twenty-two images here stray further afield and present an almost unfettered white…

Last Year in Umeå: Neon Lights, Fireworks, and Snowflakes

Twenty more retrospective photographs showcasing Umeå in wintertime. Gazing after neon lights, bonfires, and fireworks out on the Ume river on the opening night of Umeå 2014; peering through the glass and towards the façade of Bildmuseet; strolling along Strandpromenaden in the snowy late afternoon; and beholding pavilions and art installations along Rådhusesplanaden.

Last Year In Umeå: Winter Daylight Fun

Soon Umeå will be covered in a snow that can lie contentedly until March or April. These twenty-three images give something of the idea, taken last year around the opening of Umeå 2014, as the city celebrated becoming a European Capital of Culture. Set entirely within the city centre – predominantly along Renmarkstorget, Rådhuseplanaden, and Kungsgatan – they feature ice sculptures, LEDs, snow slides,…