Iceland’s landscape in black and white; when photography is not about colours but about emotions. Fierce, stark and ethereal. This is how German photographer Michael Schlegel sees Iceland. An empty, primitive land where the only inhabitants are the elements of nature. The combination of simple frames and high contrasts with the wise choice of shutter speed captures the beauty of the landscape, the wind, the fog and the running waters. Schlegel’s project “Iceland” won first place in Fine Art/Landscape at the International Photography Awards. His work has been featured among many others in Black & White Magazine, Zoom Magazine and D-La Repubblica. His most recent exhibitions include Sylt & Iceland – Flo Peters Gallery, Germany and Iceland & Australia – Photo Münsingen in Switzerland.
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Reykjavik House was developed by the Polish architecture office Moomoo Architects, located in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. This minimalist house stands out for its all white exterior and two glazed walls. Although I think with this project, the environment is almost as important as the building itself, because the combined result is what draws your attention, creating a poetic feeling. The interior is finished using birch wood, a great combination for minimalist interiors in my opinion, because you can achieve a warm and plain space at the same time thanks to this wood. The architects also highlighted: The glazings on both sides of the house are slidable, so during the warmer seasons they can be folded, making the terrace a continuation of the area of the house. This manipulation of the shape of the house blurs the border between the house and the surrounding landscape.
These wall sculptures by Icelandic artist Thor Vigfusson are terrific. He works with mirrors, plastic and glass in a formalist fashion with mainly subdued (but also sometimes bright) colour palettes. Reflectivity and light play an important role in the way they capture and represent the space in which they are installed. i8 (a gallery in Iceland where Thor has exhibited) said this of his work: Deceptively simple, his pieces are constantly changing and engage the viewer in intimate contemplation. I couldn’t agree more.