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!
The year 2018 was diverse for me as a photographer, I had some interesting assignments and a exhibition, Faces of Akureyri, that was succesful in many ways. Here are some samples of my work from the past year.
A while ago I photographed musician and singer Fanney Kristjáns Snjólaugardóttir for an album cover for her project Kjass. The name of the album is Rætur, meaning roots, indicating the inspiration for the album which is traditional icelandic music and the culture of singing where she grew up in the area around Mývatn. The music is soft and warm jazz inspired versions of traditionals and known Icelandic songs. Performing with Fanney on the album are Tómas R. Einarsson, Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir, Mikael Máni Ásmundsson, Óskar Kjartansson & Birgir Steinn Theodorsson. We had to try a couple of times to get …
Next saturday I will open an exhibition with portraits of the people of my home town Akureyri. Last Monday I invited people to my studio with the ambition to collect portraits of various people from or living in Akureyri, a really fun and busy day where I took over 3.000 photos of 130 different people. The exhibition will be open on Saturday from 14:00 – 17:00 at my office at Ráðhústorg 7, Akureyri. The exhibition is part of Akureyrarvaka cultural night here in Akureyri. I want to thank all the people who came for a visit, this exhibition is about …
The kammer choir Hymnodia from Akureyri has just released their third album Kveldúlfur. The album was recorded in an old factory in Hjalteyri, making use of the vast space and various environment sounds in the freezing cold of november a year ago. Hymnodia also had some guest appearances with Sigurður Flosason playing saxophones and flute, Harald Skullerud on percussion and Ulla Pirttijärvi joijking, making the album certainly stand out from it’s predecessors. Conductor Eyþór Ingi Jónsson performed on reed organ. I documented their concert in the factory and made some photographs on location for the album cover, some of which …
Next saturday will see the opening of a small exhibition called “Right or Wrong?” It’s a collaboration with a few friends, Andri Thorstensen, Helga Kvam, Magnus Andersen & Völundur Jónsson. Our theme is the experiment, trying out different techniques & ideas. I will have three portraits of young local artists, where I use some glasses & vaseline to create a blur effect. The exhibition is located at my office at Ráðhústorg 7, Akureyri. Opening hours are from 14-17 next saturday & sunday, 27. & 28. of August.
Photographed poet and good friend Axel Bragi Andrésson for his first book of poetry called Hnetur (Nuts, in english). We had a fun session, even if it was a cold day, and I’m really happy with the results. The book will be out soon and available in bookstores later this summer. Axel Bragi is already working on his next collection of poems, simply called Poems for Bukowski. Graphic design by Dimms | Daniel Imsland
Last week was one of my favourite weeks of the year, the week of Iceland Airwaves. This year we had some interesting foreign visitors, such as Father John Misty, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink and of course some of my local favourites, Agent Fresco, Æla, Grísalappalísa and many more. I saw many shows, both on the ambitious off-venue schedule and of course on the festival itself. Here are some of my best shots from the festival.
The band Agent Fresco came for a visit to the studio during their visit to Akureyri where they were performing at the AK Extreme festival.
A late night session with the singer Hilda (Þórhildur) Örvarsdóttir ended up in this collection of photos. She is a singer and a vocal coach, known for her collaboration with her brother and film composer Atli Örvarsson. Thanks to Eva Dögg Fjölnisdóttir for make-up and hair and guidance during the session and Hilda’s husband, Skúli Gautason, for his assistance.