Category Archives: Iceland

Melrakki by Joshua Holko

Melrakki is the Icelandic name for the Arctic Fox, the only mammal native to Iceland. Melrakki is also the latest project from renowned Melbourne photographer Joshua Holko.

Melrakki features a beautifully produced, limited edition book (I have number 5!), plus a superb print in an embossed folio cover.

Melrakki by Joshua Holko

Melrakki by Joshua Holko

The book features a foreword by Dr.Ester Rut Unnsteinsdottir of the Icelandic Institute of Natural History and extensive field notes by Joshua. Melrakki is the culmination of three winters of patient waiting to capture the magnificent images.

There are only 100 copies of this limited edition work, so if you want one, don’t mess about.

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The Old Herring Factory

One of the places I return to when in the north of Iceland, is the old Herring factory at Hjalteyri. Hjalteyri is a small fishing village with currently less than 50 full time inhabitants. It is on the edge of the Eyjafjörður fjord not far from Akureyri.

The factory processed herring into fish meal and fish oil. It was built just before World War 11 and closed in 1966. The old concrete tanks, decaying walls and fading blue trim make it a rewarding place to photograph.

Hjalteyri, Iceland

Hjalteyri, Iceland

Hjalteyri, Iceland

Hjalteyri, Iceland

Hjalteyri, Iceland

Hjalteyri, Iceland

Hjalteyri, Iceland

Hjalteyri, Iceland

Hjalteyri, Iceland

Hjalteyri, Iceland

 

Ice lagoon Exhibition Aftermath

My exhibition of images taken at Jokulsarlon, the Ice Lagoon, in Iceland is over.

The prints have been removed from the walls and the Point Cook public art space has been handed over to a new artist. All the purchased images have been delivered and the rest put away.

Thanks to all who came to see my prints and a big thanks to those who purchased one. I sold 19 prints making it my most successful exhibition ever. And I am now in the Wyndham permanent collection and the Encore Events Centre art collection.

A very special thanks to Megan Evans and Nicholas Boseley for their advice, encouragement and support. Wyndham City provides a lot of resources to support local artists and thanks to all in the Wyndham arts projects team for the great work that you do to make Wyndham an artist friendly place.

Ice on the Beach at Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Ice on the Beach at Jokulsarlon, Iceland

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Ice Lagoon Exhibition

 

Invitation

My next exhibition features images taken at Jokulsarlon, Iceland over several visits. The prints will be available for sale in editions of 5 only. Each one will be matted, signed, dated and numbered.

Jokulsarlon is a glacial lagoon on the south coast of Iceland. It is formed by ice breaking off the Breidamerkurjokull in the Vatnajokull National Park.

The ice floats out to sea through a narrow channel and is often washed back onto the black lava sand beach by tides and storms.

This area is frequently battered by wind and heavy rain and received a lot of ash and dust from the 2010 eruption.

The images in this exhibition were taken over several visits: never in good weather. They are my interpretation of the wild beauty in this ever-changing landscape of rock and ice.

If you are in the vicinity of Point Cook, please drop in. My thanks to the people at Wyndham Art Spaces for this opportunity.

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What’s that Skip? Another exhibition?

Yes, the good folks at Wyndham Art Spaces have offered me another exhibition to be held in February 2016.

The exhibition will feature images I have taken at Jokulsarlon, the Ice Lagoon, Iceland during several visits. The images will be A2 inkjet prints (printed by me on Canson Baryta Photographique), and they will be for sale.

Thanks very much to Nicholas Boseley and the art team at the City of Wyndham for the encouragement and opportunity. This is a great community initiative to support local artists.

This is a sample image from the set that will be in the exhibition.

Ice on the Beach

Ice on the Beach, Jokulsarlon, Iceland

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Vanishing act

During the September 2011 trip to Iceland, I visited a small town on the south coast of Iceland: Eyrarbakki. I was looking for a cafe I had been told served the best lobster soup in the area. It was a rainy afternoon, and the town was very quiet, and just about everything was closed, including the cafe. In Iceland out of season you soon learn the word: Lokkad.

While I was driving around the town (it didn’t take long) I came across the (closed) Bakkabrim organic cafe. It appeared to be a plywood shack built in the middle of a disused car park near a small pier.

It looked fantastic in the watery light between rain showers. I managed a couple of quick shots of it before the rain drove me back into the car.

I went back in 2013 to photograph it again, but alas it was gone, there was just a disused car park near a small pier.

Bakkabrim organic cafe, Eyrarbakki, Iceland: Lokkad.

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Catching up…

After each holiday I make a book of the images that I think represent what I saw and did, also the ones that I think are worth keeping. However, I don’t always get around to doing this straight away. I have just started work on the 3000 or so images from the trip to Iceland in September 2011.

On this trip I stayed in Reykjavik, Budir, Stikkisholmur, Isafjordur, Holmavik, Akureyri, Reykholt and Vik.

The image below is Dagverdara, an abandoned farm on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

DagverdaraDagverdara

On the move…

Tomorrow I am heading off to Iceland, Greenland and a few other places. Keep a watch on my Flickr page and my Facebook page for updates.

I am really looking forward to meeting some more of the friendly locals in Iceland.

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Budir

Iceland is a beautiful country with spectacular scenery and ever-changing light and weather. I have visited twice and am planning another trip later in 2013.

As well as the spectacular scenery, Iceland is also full of small, timber churches. These are often built on farms, in desolate locations and sometimes the spectacular scenery and churches combine.

One of my favourite places in Iceland is Budir on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland’s west.

The black church at Budir, Iceland

The black church at Budir, Iceland

500px

I have just created a portfolio at 500px. I will be using this site to highlight collections of my favourite images.

First up, several images of farm buildings in Iceland. I never cease to be fascinated by the feeling of emptiness and sometimes desolation that these places and buildings create.

My first portfolio at 500px

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