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Nov
09

Cold in the earth – and the deep snow piled above thee, Far, far, removed, cold in the dreary grave! – Emily Brontë

It has started to snow here in Reykjavik. Since arriving it has snowed far outside of the city, up into the mountains. but this week the snow has come to 101.

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? J. B. (John Boynton) Priestley

On my walk into town this afternoon, just as the light turned i managed to snap a few lo-fi images using my (not so precise camera phone). i will endeavour to correct this, and alas turn to digital. i have avoided digital, debating that you lose the patience and creativity with digital, i much prefer the ‘shoot from the hip’ approach-that way its like a lucky guess when you get developed what the pictures were.

The developing and scanning for 120 film is considerably cheaper than in london, but if i plan to improve my camera skills i think investing in a good digital slr would be the best start. I hope to find a Nikon Coolpix P90 in the Sales, but at £250-300 its not a massive payout if i dont.

 

These are Images i found in a Historical Icelandic book in the Photography Museam, which luckerly they had in the City libeary so i photocopied in refernce to my Cake Coffin Project.

I have yet to track down the ‘Corpus Camera’ Film about ICelandic Funerals and Post Mortem Photography-im hoping that the Film council will get back to me on that. I am going also to search out a few texts in the University Libeary tomorow, which will hopefuly tell me more about how Icelanders deal with Death.

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