My favorite scene in Icelandic film Metalhead is the last one. I guess it’s only appropriate a film about music ends with awesome music, right? The movie follows Hera, a young woman who turns to heavy metal as a coping mechanism after the death of her brother. However, her rock lifestyle contradicts with the rest of her conservative village, making her an outsider. As the rest of her peers settle into boring jobs working on farms, Hera has dreams of becoming a rock star. After her demo tape lands on the desk of three foreigners, the four of them decide to perform an original song together at the town’s only music venue. The last scene in the film is Hera performing “Svarthamar,” a song so good that after watching the movie I went online to search for the full version.
The song is produced by Icelandic musician Petur Ben, who also produced the film’s soundtrack. Surprisingly, Ben’s personal music sounds quite different. In the movie, Hera wins over her town with this song, which playfully balances fragile vocals with the more abrasive side of heavy metal. However, the song’s a lot more powerful if you watch it within the context of the film. Regardless, if you’re interested in either the film or the soundtrack, I recommend you check out both. You can find the film through some creative Google searches, and the soundtrack is streaming via Bandcamp.
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As a photographer myself I often find it very hard to fall in love with another photographer’s work. Sure, I’ll love one or two of their pictures but find that their other “photos of white models looking awkward and pretending to be high fashion” just don’t do anything for me (and trust me, there’s too many of those out there). I am glad to say though that I fell instantly in eternal love and admiration for Kristina Petrosiute‘s amazing body of photos, especially her series Beloved.
Based in Iceland, a country known for its natural, untapped beauty full of volcanic rock and tundra, it’s no wonder Petrosiute’s work is focused on capturing all those landscapes she calls home. But she does so with a prefect eye for composition and atmosphere that elevate her work above others I have seen. In this particular series there’s always a person investigating (or perhaps wandering) the landscapes captured under her lens, which makes the photos not only portraits of nature but portraits of humanity within nature. A sense of isolation is magically juxtaposed to the human desire for adventure and discovery, and the results are beautiful.
I leave you all with these astounding, paralyzed moments of frosted countryside and hope they might inspire you in your own artistic endeavors, I know they have inspired me.
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