Since I began working as a photographer over 20 years ago, still images were my tools. I would create visual narratives and that was all I needed to tell whatever story I was working on.
A few years ago I started writing. At first it was just another way to document my travels. As I became more comfortable putting my thoughts on paper, I knew I had to stay out of the "hack writer" category so I dedicated lots of time to learn. But words weren't the only form of story telling I liked. I armed myself with a meager video camera so I could document my travels.
These days I find the blend of creating images, both still and moving and then adding some writing (and soon learning a bit about looping music to create background tracks) not only a natural progression, but a necessity as journalism undergoes an evolutionary step.
I'm in the process of creating what I guess I'll call an "ePublication." The idea is to combine the exhibit catalog (which contains words that go with my photos) I had printed for the Iceland project and some video journal footage taken in 2003 into a Flash-based web document. This video is for the section on North Iceland. It's created with low-end consumer video tech, but perfect for a journal entry.
There's more content coming (after some fine tuning) as I go through hours of footage taken in The Westfjords, Snæfellsnes and around Reykjavík. But for now, enjoy the brief glimpse into what I experienced in the remote reaches of Iceland.
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