DIANA JULIUSDOTTIR, SHORTLISTED 3RD BIENNIAL’S GRANT 

Life

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.

Timelessness

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.