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a photographic adventure on a Kawasaki TR250 motorcycle
from Stonehenge, England to Arctic Henge, Iceland
@hengetohenge

 
 
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You do not need a therapist if you own a motorcycle, any kind of motorcycle!
— Dan Aykroyd
 
 

On September 11th, I set out on a modified Kawasaki TR250 from Stonehenge in Amesbury, England to Arctic Henge in Raufarhöfn, Iceland. I'll then continue onto my home in Reykjavík.

The backbone of this journey is built on full circles. In addition to the two henges, the trip will provide the space to work on a new photographic project, while exploring my former and current homes, from a totally fresh vantage point.

 
 

Given that I am a photographer, a philosopher, a writer, and a sociologist, this journey is an incredible opportunity to make photographs of the people I meet and the sights I see,  as I chase the last of the summer light across the vast open landscapes of Europe and Scandinavia.  I have no idea what awaits me. But I'll share as much as I can. 

 

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You can subscribe to the blog or for the first time ever, purchase a personal image license* to use the images made on the journey.

Follow this project on Instagram at @hengetohenge to receive updates, and photographs. The lion's share of the photos created, as I make my way to Iceland, will be posted on the blog along with spontaneous finds.  

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  • Image license £100 for 12 images (includes blog access)
  • Unlimited images license £500 (includes blog access)

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*The personal use image license will allow you to print, display, or gift any image(s) of your choice from the journey for two years. Anything you physically make in this time is yours to keep. The license covers things like printing photographs to display at your home or business, making gift prints for someone else, make personal greeting cards, business cards, or using these images on your social media or websites. 

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The Route

England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, The Faroe Islands, and Iceland

I will ride from my former home in East London where I lived from 2000 until 2015, to Stonehenge in Amesbury, finishing the trip at my current home in West Reykjavík. The journey will involve one Euro tunnel, three ferries, and 1600km of A-roads.


A call for couches means portraits

I am looking for a places to lay my head along the route in Aarhus, Denmark and along the route in Iceland after Raufarhöfn. If you can help out with bed, or know of someone who can, please get in touch! It can be useful to have a portrait photographer in the house. 


About the Bike

The motorcycle is a Kawasaki TR250. Being small, she is not well suited to highways, so I will be forced to take the scenic route. She has however been modified by Paul, who is an engineer by trade.

When Paul doesn’t have his hands deep in motor oil or riding or racing his machines, he might be found supervising technical modifications at the stadium at the Olympic Park.


Backstory

While Stonehenge remains a mystery, the history of Arctic Henge is well documented. Before the crash of the great herring adventure in 1967, Raufarhöfn, the northernmost town in Iceland, was Iceland's most active shipping port. Following the crash, the town fell into bankruptcy and disrepair after many people abandoned it.

Thanks to the vision of a passionate resident who was in fact not born there, but rather moved into the town as a child, construction of Arctic Henge began in 2005. Along with the hopes of attracting tourists and other visitors to the town, Arctic Henge will function as a place of ceremony for locals. It is non denomination specific, all people are welcome, though it has been inspired by pagan design.

Built high on a hill, Arctic Henge offers a clear 360 degree view of the land. I'm told the Northern Lights are more visible there than anywhere else in Iceland, and that although winters there are the darkest, on a clear day, the town is lit by starlight.


Postscript

Many of us make journeys in life, some for pleasure, others because we have little choice. No matter the circumstance, travel has the ability and the power to transform us and our lives. Mark Twain wrote that “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.”

These themes run throughout the pages of my first book, An Equal Difference. It is a thought provoking compendium of images and stories from my time in Iceland speaking to people about, gender equality, the state of the world, their visions for a better self, and for a better society written, published in August 2016.

Riding on a motorbike is incredibly thrilling for many reasons, but what makes it most so, is that while on one, you are immersed in your surroundings, thus, incredibly vulnerable. So much of modern life is constructed to keep us out of our environments, disconnected from them or each other, or “safe”. This journey is an antidote to exactly that.


An Equal Difference, published August 2015 Restless Machinery LTD

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Last year I published An Equal Difference. It is a thought provoking compendium of images and stories from my time in Iceland speaking to people about the state of the world, their visions for a better self, and for a better society. 165 photographs, 20,000 words. Order one of the first edition hardbacks or a full colour eBook.


on the move with

 
Waterproof stackable luggage from Kriega, waterproof breathable dual jacket system from Rideregiment, Infrared filters and camera conversion by Kolari Vision, ferry passage to the Faroes and Iceland by Smyril Line, and Olympus cameras because I love to shoot them.

Waterproof stackable luggage from Kriega, waterproof breathable dual jacket system from Rideregiment, Infrared filters and camera conversion by Kolari Vision, ferry passage to the Faroes and Iceland by Smyril Line, and Olympus cameras because I love to shoot them.

This might just be a new book in the making.