Photography exhibition on geothermal town in Iceland

In his work, Valdimar Thorlacius explores the town of Hveragerði …

In his work, Valdimar Thorlacius explores the town of Hveragerði and its people, among the hot springs, clouds of steam and greenhouses. Photo: Valdimar Thorlacius

An Island in Ölfus is the title of a new exhibition with photos by Valdimar Thorlacius. The title refers to a town in southern Iceland which lies in an active  geothermal area. The town is also the photographer‘s home town, so it has a special meaning for him as a subject.

 Hot water wells up from the earth in a constant flow in the middle of the town. It may flow calmly for a while, predictably even, until it gushes forward forceful, loud and unpredictable. The landscape is interesting, characterized by colourful rock formations, sulphur, deposits, hovering clouds of steam and mysterious holes in the ground.

Hveragerði owes its existence to geothermal heat. A handful of pioneers saw the opportunities this resource presented, and thankfully had both the brains and diligence to make something out of them.  The people who live here today may not have the energy in the midst in their everyday thoughts, however it is part of their lives for better and for worse.

In his work, Valdimar Thorlacius explores the town of Hveragerði and its people, among the hot springs, clouds of steam and greenhouses.

Valdimar Thorlacius graduated from the School of Photography in Reykjavík in 2014. That same year he was awarded a grant from the Magnús Ólafsson Memorial Fund, and published a photography book. In 2015 he participated in the group exhibition Warsaw Festival of Art Photography at Galeria Obok ZPAF in Warsaw, Poland and had a solo exhibition in the National Museum of Iceland.  

More information here.

Reykjavík Museum of Photography is open every day and admission is free.

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