Iceland, a Journal of Nocturnes

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Iceland, a Journal of Nocturnes

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Preface by Ragnar Axelsson

Release Date: 1 November 2012
ISBN 978-0-9569561-1-8
Hardback, Cloth, 30cm x 28cm. 
64 pages with 45 colour plates.

First edition. Limited to 1,000 copies.

This book encapsulates all of Bruce's nocturnal photographs of Iceland made between 2004 and 2012.

The book has a strong nocturnal theme. Mainly a monograph in nature, it is interspersed with entries from Bruce's journal with thoughts that deal with his experiences of shooting the icelandic landscape in subdued light.

The book can be seen as a photographic day, shot over many years with the opening presenting us with late evening shots. As the book progresses, we move into the small hours of the summer night, where there is no night at all. The book concludes with winter shots made during the fleeting sunrise and sunset of the shortest days of the year.

This book comes in four variations:

  • Standard Edition
  • Signed Edition with Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon Print (60 copies).
  • Signed Edition with Selfoss Waterfall Print (60 copies).
  • Deluxe Edition (book with 3 special Ice lagoon prints, 45 copies).

The prints are 7" x 9" in size, printed on A4 Museo Silver Rag Fine Art Photo Paper.
The have been printed signed and numbered by Bruce.

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Poems Without Words

Dear Bruce,

As a young boy, growing up on a farm in the endless and bright summer nights in Iceland, it was impossible not to be attached to the beauty of nature. The sound of silence is deafening, while the ocean waves hitting the black beach with its great force, is unforgettable. It was like the ocean was talking to me with its hissing sound.

What the ocean was saying, I never found out. In a young boy’s mind, it was a riddle to be solved and as time goes by the riddle is still unsolved.

In your photographs, I am again encouraged to sense the sound of silence and, evoked by the waterfalls and the small icebergs progressing from the melting glacier to lie for a few hours on the black beach, I still wonder what the ocean is saying.

Your images are present in my mind... dreaming.... they are poems without words.

And words are unnecessary: it’s all about visual reading. We should listen to the sound of silence in your photographs; breathe and smell the fresh air; then close our eyes and imagine what is there. It is, to me, the beauty of nature at its best.

Thank you for sharing your great works. Maybe one day, through them, the riddle of the oceans will finally be solved.

Warm greetings from Iceland,

Ragnar Axelsson