The best things about Iceland are the nature and Kókómjólk

French photographer Anne Floriane Marie Jeanneau has lived in Iceland …

French photographer Anne Floriane Marie Jeanneau has lived in Iceland for a couple of years. She is among the 16 students of Ljósmyndaskólinn exhibiting their works on Saturday Photo: Shazzula

The annual photography exhibitions by first year students at Ljósmyndaskólinn, the Iceland school of photography opens this Saturday.

The exhibition, which is open to the public is comprised of the works of 16 students, ranging from documentary photography, photo diaries, fashion and much more. 

We put one of the photographers, Anne Floriane Marie Jeanneau, who moved to Iceland from France two years ago,  through this week's Third Degree, our regular Friday Reykjavik cool cat column. 

When and where is the photography exhibition and can you tell us about it in two sentences?

The exhibit is on Saturday, 28th of May and it starts at 3 pm. It's going to be a melting-pot of talented and creative minds. Be there or be square. 

What made you choose photography?

Fame and money. Well no, not exactly, but  I'm a darkroom person and I love the idea of creating a piece of art with the light. Also photography is not only an artistic media it also opens the eyes of people. There is so much to do and many ways to say something with this medium. 

What‘s the strangest image you have ever captured? 

Doing a photo shoot  where a friend of mine was being slaughtered like an animal.  

Your most treasured possession? 

My dad's camera that I carry everywhere and my new bicycle.

"My ultimate favourite meal is the truffle oil pizza at Hverfisgata 12"

What‘s your idea of a perfect meal? 

Mashed potatoes with a lot of butter and red wine or the truffle oil pizza at Hverfisgata 12. 

Who would you invite to the meal, of anyone living or dead? 

Perhaps Sebastião Salgado, Salvador Dali, Lemmy Kilmister, Carl Jung and Gandalf, no, Ghandhi. 

What is your favourite place in Iceland?

I haven't seen that much of Iceland but the highlands impressed me a great deal, to be in the middle of nowhere surrounded by all this crazy nature.  

Artist/ photographer  that you look most up to? 

Sebastião Salgado, Ellen Rodgers, Cristina Garcia-Rodero, Sally Mann, Mappelthorpe, Jan Grarup. Lots of directors as well. And of course Kanye West. 

The photograph that has most influenced your life?

All the photographs by Sebastião Salgado and the Wim Wenders movie about him, called Salt of Earth. That make me cry, each and every time. 

What are you listening to right now? 

Today in the darkroom, it's Serge Gainsbourg. 

Favourite item of clothing? 

A vintage dress that I bought few years ago in Paris. 

Favourite café/ restaurant in Reykjavik and why? 

Hverfisgata 12 on Hverfisgata for their incredible truffle oil pizza.  

What‘s your least favourite trait of Icelanders?

It's not typically Icelandic, but being greedy.  

What‘s the best thing about living in Iceland? 

The nature and the Kókómjólk. (Chocolate milk) 

What keeps you awake at night? 

The dark room. 

If you could move anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would that be? 

A place in Reykjavik  where I am allowed to have my dog, Dreki and feel at home. Reykjavik is not a very dog friendly city. Let's see what next adventure comes along. 

Favourite spot outside Reykjavik?

Where there are no tourists! A summerhouse in Þingvellir, because the highlands are to hostile to chill, or a good natural hot tub

The exhibition takes place May 28th - June 5th and further information can be found on the Facebook event HERE.  Check out Jeanneau's Instagram HERE. 

One of Jeanneau's works at the exhibition in a series …

One of Jeanneau's works at the exhibition in a series called Fragments, reminiscenses of life in France. Here, a French cemetary is juxtaposed with an Icelandic cemetary (on the right). Photo: Anne Floriane Marie Jeanneau




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