My New Year’s resolution, inspired by the likes of HONY and Nomad Russ, was to get waaaayyy out of my comfort zone and start taking more photographs of people- friends as well as strangers. On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, I wandered nervously around Reykjavik 101 asking strangers if I could take their photo. This young Icelandic family was the first I asked. You see a lot of young, stylish families downtown, and on the weekend, it’s delightful to see so many families out together enjoying the nice weather and each other.
So in the coming week or so, you will see more products of my tentative foray into street photography, instead of just channeling my Wes Anderson fandom into rectilinear-framed shots of colorful buildings. I’ve also been working on my covert portrait snapping skills, like pretending to take a picture of a bakery, but waiting to take the picture till interesting looking people walk by.
And last but not least, I brought my camera along to a recent performance by my friend Malo Adeux at Loft Hostel. We’re not sure, but we think may have been the first time a singer/songwriter has performed the Breton language in Iceland. And it was definitely the first time a French singer spoke in English to an international crowd in an Icelandic hostel to teach them the refrain of a traditional Breton song about harvesting seaweed. [These photos are scanned 35mm film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]