PERMAFROST video By Damien Blottiére
Editing by Boas Kristjanson
“PERMAFROST” came to be on journey of three men and a camera over the glacial terrains of December in Iceland. Shot in -20°(C) temperatures, the conditions were both dazzling and dangerous. In one particular shot Damien was almost taken by the undercurrent of a wave when he was framing a shot of a rippling display of colours and movement on the horizon. Luckily we caught him and he held on to the tripod leash so the near instantly frozen boots were the only worry this time. I quickly recited the story of the missing travelers that had disappeared on the black beaches of Iceland as a further warning, not that it was needed.
There are many ways to express the vastness and majesty of seasonal terrains in my country but to truly grasp and capture their energy, you must traverse them and pit yourself against the elements. I offered the opportunity to mr. Damien Blottiére whose work I greatly admired and who was already familiar with the country and my work. In my preparation for the debut of my collection, I did a lot of traveling through obscure regions of my island and sought to capture some of the textures and colors in the materials and shapes I used to materialize the garments. Many of these locations we visited on our journey.
The title of the project refers to an environmental condition in the northern hemisphere where incredible amounts of pure carbon are stored in the earth in gaseous form. If this gas was released from under the ice cap that cover it, it would hasten the warming of the planet through increased amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere with disastrous results. If the ocean currents change dramatically and the Gulf-stream is derailed from the south coast of Iceland. There will be permanent winter.