Stop & Listen

Myndra Street Performance in Reykjavik, Iceland I was strolling up Laugavegur a few weeks ago, enjoying the summer hubub and lazily passing the day wandering, when I passed by Myndra having an informal performance. I sat down and listened for a half an hour. If you’ve never heard of them, check out their music.  And always stop for street performances, because you never know what you may have stumbled upon. Myndra Street Performance in Reykjavik, Iceland [These shots are 35mm taken with a disposable film camera]

More of Reykjavik’s Vintage Wheels

Vintage Car in Reykjavik, Iceland Reykjavik clearly has a thing for beautiful vintage autos. As I mentioned before, I’ve started carrying around a small disposable film camera (until I can get my hands on something smaller than my Canon Rebel SLR) to catch them in repose before some quirky Icelandic house or proudly rolling down the main drag. My latests finds include the adorable Saab above, a Daihastu, and that classy mystery mobile in the last photo (for which I dropped my bags and ran half a block to get). Update: my dad just emailed me to tell me that the “mystery car” is a Volvo 120 series (called an Amazon in Scandinavia). It was Produced from 1959 to 1970.

Vintage Car in Reykjavik, Iceland

Vintage Car in Reykjavik, Iceland

Vintage Car in Reykjavik, Iceland

[The photos are scans of 35mm exposures taken with a disposable camera and my Canon Rebel 2000]

 

Reykjavik’s Vintage Wheels

Vintage car in Reykjavik, IcelandNow that the days are longer and full of sunshine, Icelanders are taking advantage of the clear days to show off their vintage cars. Sit anywhere on Laugavegur (the main drag, where one-way traffic inches along, making for great car and people watching), and you’ll see at least one or two beautifully restored classic cars. I’ve taken to keeping a small disposable film camera on me at all times in readiness, since I love old cars and trucks. Here are a few from before the Easter Holidays.  Vintage car in Reykjavik, Iceland

Vintage car in Reykjavik, Iceland

 

Sumardagurinn Fyrsti || The First Day of Summer in Iceland

Snaefellsnes, Iceland

Hooray! It’s Sumardagurinn Fyrsti, the first day of summer! A bit early you say? Not here in Iceland. According to traditions going back to the Settlement Period, Icelanders only counted two seasons of about equal length: Winter and Summer. According the the Old Iceland Almanac, today is the first day of summer, and it’s celebrated as a national holiday. Schools are closed, and Icelanders are out in droves enjoying today’s fittingly warm, sunny weather with families and showing off by driving big trucks and souped up vintage rides down Laugavegur, the main drag. It’s enough to make even the most serious folks do handstands and what not. Snaefellsnes, IcelandI started off my day with the sun streaming in from my window at 6am. I may have exams to study for, but who am I to go against local tradition?…so I curled back up into my blankets until it was time to get back up for brunch at Prikið, which was packed full of Reykjavik’s eccentric, young, and chic. But holiday or no holiday, Old Norse calls, so now I’ve settled into the Kaffitár on Bankastræti, one of my favorite coffee spots. I hope you’re having as lovely a day wherever you are reading this from. To celebrate the start of the sunny season on your favorite tiny, Nordic island, here are some 35mm shots of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. 

Snaefellsnes, Iceland

Snaefellsnes, Iceland

Snaefellsnes, Iceland

 

 

 

Reykjavik Street Art- January ’14

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

This “map” of Iceland on Hverfisgata is made from bits of glass and mirror, and looks wonderful in the sunlight. There’s a magnificent, enormous bouquet of mushrooms and other colorful fungi on the opposite wall in this overgrown little lot. I recommend checking it out.

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland As the lettering on this suggests, it is directly behind Dillon Whiskey Bar on Laugavegur. Honestly, go behind almost any building on Laugavegur and Hverfisgata and you fill find great art. I think the misc appliances and electronics in this little courtyard are a great addition to the piece.

Street Art in Reykjavik, IcelandIt’s hard to tell from the photo, but this “drip” on Hverfisgata is made from sequins, so it moves in the wind, just like the mountain top between Hverfisgata and Laugavegur (right around the Lebowski Bar area).

[The photos in this post are scans of unedited film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]

 

Colorful Heads, Thumb Trees, and Other Icelandic Curiosities

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

This lion and other face? are two of four gorgeous artworks hidden in this tiny alley. If you are visiting Reykjavik, they are on Bergstaðastræti right off Laugavegur and very easy to find, but you probably won’t notice them unless you are looking for them. Here is a link to the spot on google street view, which also shows you a glimpse of one of the two pieces I didn’t photograph. Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

 

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Strangely enough, this magnificent and disturbing tree faces a preschool or kindergarten playground. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

The photos in this post are scans of unedited film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.

Reykjavik Street Art

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I love finding multiple works by the same artist….like these two. If anyone knows anything about the artist (I’m assuming “Big Wes” and “Cryptograph” painted over the green characters with blue hair)), please share.000020

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The photos in this post are scans of unedited film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000 on and around Laugavegur and Hverfisgata.