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iceland (4).

7 Jul 2014

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Both of these shots were taken on our first day in Iceland, up in Holmavik, a town of just under 400 inhabitants. A completely surreal way to start our journey, with the harbor and hillside full of mist and fog.

I’ve also updated my portfolio to include my favorite film photos from the trip. You can view the slideshow here.

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iceland (3).

30 Jun 2014

We tried to drive on Road 630, way up in the northwest corner of the Westfjords just outside Bolungarvik, but were thwarted by quite a bit of snow that had yet to be cleared. In early June! So we walked as far as we could before, sans proper snow shoes, we had to turn back. On the walk back down, we saw this mysterious structure in the distance.

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Closer ….

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Closest! Still not sure what it is/was, but it was fun to photograph, especially with the big Pentax 6×7.  Does anyone have any idea what this structure might be?  We came across several of them, perched over small bodies of water, during our trek around the Westfjords.

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Over the next few days, the Westfjords proved thrillingly gorgeous and desolate, all at once.  I probably should’ve taken more photos with the black & white Tri-X 400 — the graininess really adds to the mood.

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If they ever found water on Mars, it would look a heck of a lot like Iceland.

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iceland (2).

23 Jun 2014

Rooftops | Holmavik

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Storage bins | Bolungarvik

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Harbor | Holmavik

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I … have no idea what this is/was | Isafjordur

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Beached fishing boat | Bolungarvik

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Local architecture | Sudureyri

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Storage bins | Holmavik

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Along Vestfjarðavegur (Road 60) | Westfjords

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More Iceland. All shot with the Pentax 6×7; all color photos taken with expired Kodak Portra film, while the black and white is Tri-x 400, my old grainy standby.

Iceland is this heady mix of gorgeous, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonderfully mundane. It’s there that I discovered I apparently have a bin fetish (!).

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iceland (1).

20 Jun 2014

Repurposed shipping containers | Holmavik

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Mike | Along Djupvegur Road, Westfjords

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Dumpster + Landscape | Holmavik

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Beached vessel | Along Orlygshafnarvegur Road, Westfjords

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Harbor | Isafjordur

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Mystery structure | Holmavik

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I just got back the scans from all 27 rolls of film from the trip to Iceland.  It’s going to be a bit of a trudge to sort through them — they’re all jumbled, in no particular order, which is the problem one faces with Way Too Much Film and mailing it all off to a faraway lab — so bear with me while I try to put 264 images in chronological order!

I think I’m just going to post the photos as I go along, so the chronology is going to be off, but all of the photos were taken over a five day period in the Westfjords, the northwestern region of the country.  (There were only a handful of film photos taken in Reykjavik, the result of No More Giant Backpack fatigue — *you* try carrying around a digital Leica and a 6+ lb 6×7 medium format camera, plus film, plus sundries, all stuffed in one pack, for a few days!)  And, in keeping with my sensibilities about film, I’m going to show the photos pretty much straight out of the scanner, with minimal-to-no editing, other than minor cropping and exposure correction.  What you see here is basically what I saw there.  And it was all so stunning, even the mundane stuff.

Many more photos to come.

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iceland! digital!

17 Jun 2014

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I’ve got 27 rolls of film, taken with the giant Pentax 6×7, currently getting processed in a photolab. Here are a handful of shots taken last week around the Westfjords with the Leica M9. Iceland was incredible. Can’t wait to show you more.

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iceland!

4 Jun 2014

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Yup, I’m headed to Iceland on Friday with my friend Mike D. We’ll be spending 5 days in the Westfjords, way in the northwest corner of the country, and then 3 days in Reykjavik. So excited! I spent a few days in Reykjavik back in the late 90s, and I’ve stopped over in Keflavik airport a couple of times, but I’ve never really seen the countryside (other than from an airplane — the photo above, of the western part of the country, was taken in 2009 after a brief layover at Keflavik).

So I won’t be posting anything here for a week, but you can follow me on Instagram (here!), where I’m sure there’ll be loads of photos of fjords and hills and maybe a bit of snow.  And puffins!  And when I get back, there’ll be tons of photos here on the blog, hopefully — I’m planning on bring three cameras with me, two film and the Leica M9.   You should see the backpack I bought just for the trip; I can almost fit into it myself!

Have a good week and a half, everyone!

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lazing.

2 Jun 2014

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Just another lazy Saturday at the local.

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red hook.

27 May 2014

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Over the long holiday weekend, my pal Nick and I met up in Red Hook, an industrial part of Brooklyn that, over the last 10-15 years or so, has flourished into a bit of residential community of sorts, inbetween the old warehouses to the west and the ballfields and tire shops to the east. It’s an area that was also hit quite hard by Hurricane Sandy a couple of years ago. It has since gotten back on its feet, with various new developments closer to the waterfront and a handful of new restaurants. It’s also a *great* place to spend an afternoon with a camera or two.

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found.

16 May 2014

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I found an unused roll of Fuji Superia 400 on my desk last weekend. Pretty sure it was expired to boot. Threw it into my old Nikon FE and took it for a spin. Here’s some of what I captured over the course of two days.

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waiting.

8 May 2014

 

Seen this past weekend in my Brooklyn neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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