Archive for December, 2009

17
Dec
09

Heim

Have come home for christmas..taken a few days to get back into the flow of a busy city again.

To pass the time I have been going out as much as i can, a few party’s and shopping trips. Cant believe ive been back nearly a week already. So pleased has a good night sleep every night ive been back, in bed before midnight, and awake by 8. I blame my insomnia on the lack of daylight, and my brain not knowing when to go to sleep.

I visited the Photographers gallery (mainly the shop) but had a passing look at the current Polaroid ex’. I visited the Lomo shop, was surprised to be greeted by an Icelander, distinct in her Icelandic sweater, and the Icelandic accent I treated myself to a Diana mini, i hope to spend allot less in film and processing with it taking 35mm instead of 120. i was happy to see it shoots square as well as rectangle half frames, many possibilities. decided against forking out an extra £40/45 for the flash, as can just as easily use fast film for now, until i can afford one.

Time seems to be going quickly, havent yet been to any ‘proper’ art shows, i hope to see the mexican ex’ at the British museum. sad to have missed the day of the dead event back in November.

Still on the hunt for my Vivitar SLR which im sure i had packed away to be sold/exchanged somewhere in my room. am annoyed as it was my first proper camera dad got me 10 years ago. i hope it turns up…..

I think somehow in london (or any big city i guess) although there is allot to do-nightlife, art galleries, shops, cinemas…its almost oo much, too much choice, so one is quite overwhelmed, not to mention the cost. within the first couple of days i had spent more than 2 weeks worth in Reykjavik. i guess i did buy a camera, and theres travel, and of course Xmas is a week away now.
i must say i do miss the variety of culture here, the food and different culture districts around and outside london. I see Iceland as this purest, isolated, Arian race of people, where the only ‘forrign’ face is a tourist of a Thai bride working in her asian supermarket.
 Just popping to my local town i notice how cut off Iceland is to other cultures and influences. which in a way maintains its pureness without any outside influence, but from other influences comes fusion, new creations, tolerance, learning and understanding.

I do miss being so close to the sea, and the beautiful architecture, easily being able to walk a few mins from where i am staying to the lighthouse or one of the bird watching areas. after coming back, I don’t think i could live long-term in Iceland or indeed abroad (or maybe i will if i find the right country). I think when the warmer weather comes i will move across the island and to the Faeroe islands on my slow decent to Edinburgh (which is where i think i shall end up). the reality of finding work and somewhere to base myself outside of the family home is a priority. I should no longer rely on having a house big enough to house me and my sister, im sure if it wasnt for the fact my parents allowing us always to come back, and living in london, that i would even be considering this as an option.
I should hope to see Greenland and Orkney and Shetland Islands.
i have sewn on more of the tea labels onto the canvas, it’s coming along, i think i might do a series of them, various sizes and different brand teas. i have tried asking Euroshopper for some of the tea flags in kind, as i thought it might be good advertising for their brand, but ive heard nothing from them. i will maybe try a different route.

I had planned to see Sigur ros backing orchestra tonight at Shoreditch church, but as i found out its £12 might give it a miss, as want to save my money for Brighton and the rest of my time here and beyond.

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07
Dec
09

Höfnina

A few pictures ive taken, again using camera phone:

i have read up more on film speeds, and understand much better how slow film works as what seems to be most regularly found in shops is 50 ISO and i havent always been using the flash, and now with only 4 hours of daylight, i try to make the most of the light. I intend to finish up the current rolls of 120 film b/w and colour slide before im home, tomorrow (weather permitting) i will go to the other side of the harbour, towards the Perlan.

 

 

 

04
Dec
09

Taxidermied Ghosts

http://www.craftvic.asn.au/gallery/2008/deville.html

the above link, is a website i found whilst looking for inspiration.

its one of the most beautifully morbid collection of art ive seen in a long while. jewelry to be exact. Shame i had missed the exhibition, but seeing as it was in Australia, i wouldnt have been able to go anyway.

Not been sleeping as of late, so whilst pooterling around with art projects, managed to watch a few films. eventually watched BBC’s Wuthering heights programme shown just a few months ago. I enjoyed this immensely, as much as i find it difficult to watch an adaptation, then to read the book secondly, i will try to do so, as i know this is such a classic piece of literature.

Also watched a few ghost stories notably the Woman in black and the Signal man. theres something about a good english ghost story as Christmas draws near, that makes me miss home the more.

Tomorrow i have Grotta -the lighthouse out-of-town, and take some photos with my trusty Ensign Full-vue, the ‘Luminous flux’ exhibition that opened last week and the Icelandic film exhibition which i went to earlier in september but wanted to re watch some of the films. Also need to put in an application for the Kanniteller before i leave-which takes a week, so best do that this week.

next day-

i have just finished painting my newly re-fixed coffin. after braking the coffin, having just attached all the tea bags.

i think i will gild some hinges onto the box.

i went to Luminous flux exhibition, highly disappointing. not at all what i was expecting. im finding it difficult to be inspired directly from the Icelandic art here, i find nieve and without depth. but at the same point, i think this perhaps spur me onto to create, as i dont work well with competition.

the rain last nite washed the snow away, so i didnt go to the Lighthouse, although i did take a couple of snaps of the snow remained on the graveyard. i used 50 speed film without flash, so i shouldnt think the pictures will develop. i hope it snows again before i go.

i made curry and Skyr strawberry ice and now watching series 2 of six feet under.

01
Dec
09

…..Milk and Sugar please

 

 

Some b/w’s of my tea bags for coffin drying  in basement

 

 

 

 

 

 




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