photo by  Sean Tucker

photo by Sean Tucker

My secondary education began in 1992 at the University of Miami as a psychology and motion picture major. In 1993 I picked up still photography as a way to study the camera since there were no cinematography courses. After developing my first roll of film I was hooked. I then went on to study photography further at the Spéos Institute of Photography in Paris.

I became fascinated with language, learning new ones, and our abilities to connect and (mis)communicate in all of them. I learned French at nineteen and believe it is never too late to learn another language. I speak Spanish, Icelandic, some Italian and Portuguese though I am by no means fluent yet.

My personal work focuses on people, our identity in society, individually, and how society influences identity, with a focus on gender-related aspects. My commercial work spans the genres of editorial, portraiture, advertising, and travel.

In August 2016 my first book An Equal Difference was published. It is about equality and the Icelandic mindset; how Icelandic nature and society helps shape it. The 165 images and 20,000 words began with one portrait project I completed in 2013. When it became clear two years into photographing (2015) that the project wanted to be a book, I sequestered myself in Iceland for nine months to write it. I’d never written a book before. I successfully crowdfunded the budget for editing, layout and printing on Kickstarter and became a publisher and distributor in the process. You can read more about the book and purchase a limited edition copy here.

Being a self-confessed motorcycle addict since 1994, I completed a solo return journey (in two legs - near winter and late summer) from Stonehenge in England to Iceland's Arctic Henge to Reykjavik and back on a 250cc motorcycle. You can find out more about that here. I recently completed a solo tour of Scotland, Orkney Islands, Inner and Outer Hebrides on a much larger (650cc) bike. That was a smart move.

I combine motorcycle travel with photography and writing. It may not be obvious, but motorcycle travel is one way I manage anxiety and depression. While I’m on a bike, my amygdala, that fight or flight part of the brain that generates anxiety in our lives, is fully engaged with a real task; keeping me on that bike. Free from the mind’s chatter, my higher consciousness is able to soar above me like a kite. I get my best ideas while I’m moving.


Education

1993 – 1997 University of Miami B.Sc (Psychology, Motion Pictures, Photography)

1996 Spéos Paris Institute Cert. (Photography)

1996 Annie Leibovitz Studios Photography Assistant Internship


EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

Exhibitions 


2019 AOP Award

2019 Henge to Henge, Stunphoto Gallery, Hampstead

2019 Emotional Landscapes, Galleri Fold, Reykjavik  

2018 Henge to Henge, After Nyne Gallery, London 

2017 Steypa, University of Agriculture, Hveragerði, Iceland   

2015 Fjallkonan, Icelandic Embassy, London 

2014 Freyja Haroldsdottir, The National Portrait Gallery, Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

2014 Maria, International Center of Photography, Faculty Show, New York City

2013 Fjallkonan, Loading Bay Gallery, Truman Brewer, London 

2011 Carnival Sidelines, Association of Photographer’s Gallery, London 

2008 Les Gitans des Saint Marie de la Mer, Gallery 32, London

2007 Selected works in Hackney Urban Development, Four Corners Photoforum, London 

2006 Surfers, Association of Photographer's Gallery, London 

2006 E84PH, Seven Seven Gallery of Contemporary Art, London

2005 Carnival Sidelines, The Guardian Newsroom, London

2004 Underground, 20th Century Theatre, London


Awards


2019 AOP Award, Shortlisted

2018 Olympus Documentary Ambassador

2018 The National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, Shortlisted

2015 SIM Arts, Reykjavik, Iceland

2014 The National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, Finalist

2011 AOP OPEN, Finalist

2006 Fujifilm Distinction Awards, Finalist

2006 AOP Open, Judges Choice Award

2005 The Observer Hodge Award 

2005 The IOI International Travel Competition, Finalist

2004 RIPE Benefactor Scholarship, The Workshops Rockport, Maine

2002 Joop Swart Masterclass Nomination


Lecturing and Speaking Engagements


Keynote Speaker, Sunday Assembly - London, UK

Keynote Speaker, Network Ireland, Women’s Day, Dublin, Ireland

Guest Speaker and Portfolio Reviewer, Falmouth College of Art - Cornwall, UK

Lead Tutor, The International Centre of Photography - NYC, USA

Lead Tutor MA Post Production, MET Film School - London, England

Guest Speaker, Speós Paris Photographic Institute - Paris, France

Lecturer, The Canon University Tour - UK

Guest Lecturer Post Production, Kvikmyndaskóli Íslands - Reykjavik, Iceland

Guest Lecturer Photography, Ljósmyndaskólinn, - Reykjavik, Iceland

Key Presenter Apple Cinema Applications, Apple World Tour - Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey

Guest Panelist and Speaker, Embassy of Iceland - London, UK

Guest Speaker, DazzleCon, (Zebras not Unicorns) - Portland, USA



Clients

AFP (Agence France Presse)

Air Iceland My North

Apple Inc.

APT Films

Gagarin Interactive

Icelandair Magazine

Olympus

Overland Magazine

The Co-Op

The Evening Standard

The Financial Times

The Guardian

The Independent

The Pleasance Theatre Trust

The Reykavik Grapevine

The Saatchi Gallery

The Southbank Centre

The Times

Tomboy Films

Warner Brothers

 

examples of published work, including audio interviews.

See also: Commissions

 
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