My project explores the relationship between the landscape and people of Heimaey, the only inhabited island of Vestmannaeyjar, a volcanically active archipelago in Iceland. The images capture a coastal landscape forged by the intense geological violence that originates deep within our planet. In 1973, Heimaey suddenly erupted, leading to a five month evacuation and violently altering the island's topography. Nevertheless, Heimaey is revered by its inhabitants as a home; an island refuge in an often unforgiving environment. My portraits document the people who live there; witnesses to a landscape textured by an ever-changing climate. It is a body of work that ultimately considers how the changing landscapes we live in shape the human condition.
Calum Douglas • Peter Holliday • Alan Knox • Katy Rustrick • Kuba Stajszczak • Patrick Thornton • Emma Tracey •