Hraun IV (Run Into Nature's Dawn, Iceland), 2018-2019
Another dive in the Icelandic archive I've created over the past four years.
As a side note, I may add : with the title Run Into Nature's Dawn, I try to capture poetically the impossible encounter with what tourism relentlessly promotes to millions of tourists each year: pristine Icelandic nature. In fact, most of its qualities are consumed in impeccable brochures, smartphones displays, volumes of jet fuel, cheap snacks or scheduled round tours.
According to the Icelandic Tourist Board, the figures are at an all-time high (as of January 2019). In other words, the transformative pressure on "nature" has never been so intense in Iceland. So is the "race" leading to it. Thus, the idea of a Nature's Dawn into which we are frantically running.
Nonetheless, on the rough lava terrain of the Reykjanes peninsula it is also quite clear that the great symbolic force associated with nature is an agency of its own: in the event of a volcanic eruption or a serious earthquake, it wouldn't take very long, for example, to see the metabolism of Reykjavík substantially impacted.
The pictures that are presented and sequenced here follow that train of thoughts. They point at the forms this run into nature's dawn have generated around the Reykjavík metropolitan area. By leaning neither toward an excess of description nor explanation, they explore the mediated experience of the Icelandic nature using the very visual medium (i.e., photography) through which it currently disappears.
I've been there and done that too.