About the Book
The photographs in this book were taken over the course of several years travelling through Iceland during the winter months. The majority of these works were shot in the far north of the country in secluded areas. The daylight hours in the winter are brief but have protracted periods of twilight that illuminate the landscape with an air of mystery and reverence. The landscape is vast, raw and diverse; mountains, fjords, majestic waterfalls, glaciers and volcanic fissures are but a few of the many dramatic landscapes that coexist here. Largely uninhabited, the north of Iceland can often appear untouched by human hand; a small church, hut or an abandoned car are sometimes the only signs of civilization in this far flung, pristine terrain.
Streams and glacial rivers permeate the north; starting out as trickles they find their way down the steep mountains, peeking through snow drifts, meandering, disappearing and reappearing in no coherent fashion. In the course of their downward flow, they begin to interconnect, colliding and interweaving, growing in size and character, creating remarkable and countless formations. Often abstracted, these photographs of streams and glacial rivers are a reminder of the forces of nature at play; a sublime beauty far removed from the everyday. Drifting into frame, the dreamlike palette of these landscapes offers a window into an ephemeral world where scale and perspective become impalpable.
Jonathan Smith is a British photographer currently living in New York. He has been engaged in photographing natural landscapes for over 10 years. Using a large format film camera, he photographs precisely and selectively, often revisiting a site on numerous occasions until the essential character of the landscape is revealed. This conscious and gradual process of photographing results in work that is a meditation of land, water and air.
Born 1978, British. Jonathan Smith studied in the United Kingdom at the Kent Institute of Design (KIAD) and the International Center for Photography in New York. He had his first solo show titled Untold Stories at Rick Wester Fine art in September 2010. He has also participated in group exhibitions at the Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery and PowerHouse Arena as well as having a one-person exhibition at The International Center for Tolerance Education of The Bridge Project, a series of photographs of New York. He has been the recipient of a number of awards for his work including The Hearst Biennial Award (January 2011), The Magenta Foundation, Flash Forward award (May 2010), the PDN Annual Awards in the Personal Category (May 2010) and the Photography Book Now Blurb award (September 2008). From 2000 until 2009 Smith worked in the studio of the renowned New York photographer, Joel Meyerowitz. In 2001 he assisted in Meyerowitz's archive, advancing to Archive Manager in 2003 and becoming heavil