The second floor balcony of Cafe Babalu- Hallgrímskirkja in the background.
The sculpture of Ingólfur Arnarson, Viking founder of Reykjavik, by Einar Jónsson.
Inside the bell tower at the top of Hallgrímskirkja.
The view from the fourth floor balcony of Loft Hostel at dusk.
The last few photos from a calm, snowy sunrise at the end of January. The first two photos are taken from the University of Iceland, where I am studying, and the others are taken from the frozen pond. The runner in the last picture was one of a whole group out jogging in 4-5 inches of snow! See “Part One” and “Part Two” for more snow day pictures and my post on Einar Jónsson for more about the statue. [These photos are unedited, 35mm film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]
According to the Einar Jónsson Museum, the eponymous artist was Iceland’s first sculptor. He lives from 1874-1954. Earlier in his career he drew on Icelandic folklore as well as religious and mythological motifs for subjects. After living in Rome around the turn of the century, he “emphasized the need for artists to forge their own path and cultivate their originality and imagination instead of following in the footsteps of others…he developed a figurative language composed of interpretable symbols, personification and allegory.” “Protection” (pictured above) is one of my favorite of his works. I love walking to the (free!) sculpture garden to revisit the hauntingly realistic faces and try to understand the complex symbols in his work.
You can see Einar Jónsson’s works all around the city as well as in the museum and beautiful sculpture garden right next to Hallgrímskirkja. In fact, the museum website features an excellent map for taking a walking tour of his works in City Center, which includes “The Spell Broken” (pictured here in the snow) along the path encircling Tjörnin. For those who like to wander, this route also happens to be a great “intro” to downtown Reykjavik. [These photos are unedited, 35mm film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000]
These three homes are all within a few blocks of each other in 101 Reykjavik, yet they all seem to be from different cities. That’s one of the things I’ve love most about Reykjavik. It’s a small city, but there are endless variations, unique homes, and hidden corners to keep the creative mind busy for years.
I stayed in Galtafell Guesthouse when I visited Reykjavik in February 2013. It’s a charming historic residence that was built Icelandic artist and film actor Guðmundur Pétursson Thorsteinsson (Muggur ) in 1916 as a residence and art studio. In 1924 it was purchased by the younger brother of Einar Jónsson, the famous sculptor (whose work you should absolutely check out; it’s breathtaking).
My dad: “The photos on your blog look great, honey. Now all you need to do is get more pictures of people.”
Me: “But I don’t like taking pictures of people….I like taking pictures of buildings.”
My dad: *sigh* “I can tell.”
[The photos in this post are scans of unedited film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]