DIANA JULIUSDOTTIR, SHORTLISTED 3RD BIENNIAL’S GRANT
The photos are taken on Hvannadalshnúkur in May 2012, this is the highest
mountain in Iceland and it is also on the biggest glacier in Europe. My aim
with them is to show the interplay between man and nature where the
harshness of the country and man's life create. Difficulties where the climbers
are fighting with nature in cold and snow, the conscience of now, stopping
and to look at the mountain - where we aim and where we want to be. Finally,
the where the direction is taken towards the top of the mountain overcoming
the harsh nature and our limits without knowing if you reach the peak or not.
We need to take care of the nature and our self so we can live together.
I will like to spent the grant to make a book about this project.
Every summer for several years, Díana Júlíusdóttir has moved with
her family to a lighthouse in Iceland’s Western Fjords. It is of the
remotest places in Iceland: There is no telephone connection, no
electricity and to reach the nearest village requires a long trek
across high mountains. Mountains nearly surround them except to
the East where the North-Atlantic Ocean breaks against forbidding
cliffs. In this apparently inhospitable place the family has found a
refuge from modern life, a place where they can live simply, with
only each other for company and none of the constant interruptions
that plague us in the city.
Díana documents this Arctic idyll in an understated style, focusing
not on the awe-inspiring beauty of the landscape but on the details
of family life and their home on the cliffs. The black-and-white prints
have a timeless aura, as if they could have been shot decades or
even a century ago. This timelessness is at the heart of Díana’s
project, capturing the remoteness of the location and the slow
rhythm of life away from the city and all its distractions.
text by: Jón Proppé
If I get the Grant, that will be a dream for me. I will like to be a stronger photographer and
my dream is to go on a workshop in the third world, to get know people and to
documentary. Tell a story with photographs to the world so there story will be heard.