Hrísey on a Winter’s Day

Last Wednesday our little team of landscape hunters with Eyþór Ingi Jónsson and Sindri Swan decided to visit the island Hrísey. This little island is known as a peaceful place with outstanding mountain views, earning it the nickname pearl of Eyjafjörður. Not going with a specific plan we did expect to have some shots of the little town and maybe some birdlife, especially with the ptarmigan in mind. The ptarmigan is protected in the island and there are no cats, no foxes and no minks to hunt them. Weather forecast told us we were to expect mild frost, low winds …

Landscape hunting in North Iceland

During the pandemic me and my good friends Eyþór Ingi and Sindri Swan have been using our time to photograph our surroundings in North Iceland. Our trips have mostly been on wednesdays, gaining us the nickname the wednesday photographers. These trips have been fruitful, we’ve made some interesting images and had many cups of coffee Photographing Iceland in the wintertime doesn’t give you a lot of time in the daylight, so much of our effort has been done during the night. Now as the sun is rising higher above the horizon we might use the longer days to travel further …

Exhibition – Colors of Akureyri

Litir Akureyrar (Colors of Akureyri) was the title used for my exhibition in Glerártorg shopping centre in Akureyri. The exhibition was the first one in a series showing the works of local photographers in the shopping center. These images show Akureyri in every season and some of our landmarks and buildings. The images have all appeared as a part of a larger project on Facebook under the page Augnablik á Akureyri. Printed with the services of www.ljosmyndaprentun.is. Every image is available as prints in selected sizes, please contact daniel@danielstarrason.com for inquiries.

Photographs of 2020

So it’s finally over, the disastrous year of 2020. For me as a photographer this year has been very good creatively although I’ll have to admit it was hard commercially and financially. Lack of projects made some room for my own projects, mostly landscapes and nature photography I haven’t had to much time for in recent years. I’ve read more books and I did pick up my guitar more often than in recent years, making the most of this year creatively as I could. Highlights of this year include my first trip to Grímsey island, many road trips around Northern …

Sólstöður album cover

Earlier this year I was asked by guitarist Mikael Máni if I had some interest in making an album cover for his new project Sólstöður. With him on the record are Pierre Balda on upright bass and pianist Floris Kappeyne and the music is at least partly inspired by the midnight sun, the name meaning Solstice. So I spent some nights this summer hunting the sunset without much success. As the design process got started with graphic designer Einar Andersen we decided on a different approach choosing a photograph showing a strange symbol made by strong forces of a glacial …

Ten Years of Hof – Cultural and Conference Center

A little more than ten years ago our culture center Hof was formally opened. I was there for the opening concert and since then I’ve been there for many more. For a while I had a contract with Hof to document various events happening there and then later on I’ve worked closely with SinfoniaNord and Atli Örvarsson, recently many film and television soundtracks have been recorded at Hof. Some of the highlights are a visit from Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson and his band, Eivør with Sinfóníuhljómsveit Norðurlands, Nýdönsk, Emilíana Torrini, Ásgeir Trausti, Dimma, Agent Fresco, Karlakór Akureyrar Geysir, Pálmi …

Young Musicians of the North

I recently worked with Minjasafnið á Akureyri – Akureyri Musem on some portraits of upcoming musicians from our little town. There has been a new wave of new musicians prospering and the museum which is now holding a exhibition showcasing the history of music in Akureyri wanted to have some modern musicians as part of the exhibition. Later on my coverage of concerts in Akureyri might be added to the exhibition.

Photographs of 2019

The year 2019 has been a good one! My projects have been diverse as usual, but among them are common themes. There have been frequent visit to Græni hatturinn Concert Venue, I’ve photographed some concerts at Hof as well. I’ve been collaborating with Akureyri Art Museum and the largest projects were documenting A! Performance Festival and extensive photography of the works of artist Örn Ingi, culminating in a book of his works. I’ve done advertisment material for musicians and started a large portait project with Akureyrarstofa about the people in town. Here we have some examples of my work from …

Ten Years at Græni hatturinn

In Akureyri we have one of the greatest concert venues in Iceland, Græni hatturinn. Located in the basement of a beautiful building it may not look much from the outside, but the inside has seen some historic concerts in recent years. Græni hatturinn is open to every genre of music and frequently gets visitors from abroad, among them dutch band Focus, Eivör from the Faroe Islands, the guitarist Rusty Anderson and John Grant. This year it’s been 10 years since I first started photographing at Græni hatturinn, it’s been my biggest project as a photographer and it will keep on …

ADHD at Græni hatturinn

One of my favourite bands, ADHD, visited Græni hatturinn concert venue yesterday to celebrate their new album ADHD 7. It’s been a while since I saw them but yesterdays concert was just brilliant, I just hope I’ll see them back in Akureyri soon. These images are taken with a home made lens made by Sigurður Mar, a good friend and talented photographer. They are performing at Harpa tonight and then they have a tour to Germany, Norway and Denmark. Don’t miss out if you have a chance to see them and check out their new album!