Monday, 25 January 2016

A beautiful day by the Reykjavík seashore.

Here are some shots of the seashore at Hrafn Gunnlaugsson’s rather unique house. Even though it was the middle of winter the sun was out and the ocean was still and flat. The snow and ice lying over the rocks was the only real giveaway that summer was still six months away. 

This is a collection of nine photographs from my visit to the Icelandic director’s eccentric home. 

The homestead is made up of and decorated with all manner of objects from pieces of metal art to an entire grounded fishing boat. 

Some of the more unusual artefacts were once used as props on the sets of his Viking movies that made him famous in the 1980s and 1990s. 

These films were sometimes referred to as "Cod Westerns" and include ‘Hrafninn flýgur’ or ‘When the Raven Flies’ from 1984, 

‘Í skugga hrafnsins’ or ‘In the Shadow of the Raven’ from 1988, 

‘Hvíti víkingurinn’ or ‘The White Viking’ from 1991 

and ‘Hin helgu vé’ or ‘The Sacred Mound’ from 1993. 

As you can see ravens seem to feature quite strongly in the title of his movies and his name Hrafn also means raven in Icelandic. 

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