They are real buddies and free spirits, who astonishingly seek and seem to enjoy the company of humans.
Loyal, friendly, affectionate, curious, smart, extraordinary relaxed and even-tempered, super-cute, strong personalities, cooperative and resilient….these are the characteristics which pop up immediately if people think of Islandic horses.
To put it in a nutshell – Islandic Horses are truely beautiful creatures!
Beyond the cliché of the archaic “Land of Fire & Ice”, Iceland seems to offer space…Space just to be….to be your Self, in my view.
Iceland is definetely a destination to yearn for (Sehnsuchtsort). The well-known landscape photographer Mike Reyfman shares some breath-taking impressions with us.
Only people with a free spirit, a rich soul, an open mind and inner beauty are able to discover and catch these qualities in the outside world by taking pictures.
As an appetizer, let` s have a look at Mike Reyfmans perspective on Icelands landscapes…
ABOUT MIKE REYFMAN
Mike Reyfman is renowned landscape and nature photographer.
He was born in Ukraine and moved to United States in January 2000. Mike has been awarded for his photography in the prestigious international photography competitions. His photographs have been used extensively worldwide in calendars, books, magazines and advertising industry. He has written numerous articles on travel and landscape photography and has been teaching photography for many years.
His works were exhibited at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, the open air exhibition on the prime outdoor places in Moscow and St. Petersburg, travel photography exhibitions at Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo International Airports etc.
In addition, Mike has an experience as photography competition judge and worked as a Jury member at WorldPhoto 2008, Global Arctic Awards 2012 and Patagonia Photo Awards 2017.
“When the great place, right moment, favorable light and sharp eye find each other — the photo is born.” cit.: Mike Reyfman
For more details, additional galleries and print-outs for sale, please feel free to visit Mike`s website:
Translated from the Icelandic into English by Meg Matich
Nasses Papier verheddert in Birkenzweige
Drinnen das Fester, rauchend, eine Frau mit rotem Haar
sagt zu sich selbst:
sie können mich nicht mehr hören
Schwertlilien gleiten in das Weiß wie geplatzte Eidotter
das Wohnzimmer ist groß/mächtig
auf dem Teppich, zerbrechliche Sachen, verstreut,
durchtränkt mit Gallensaft
sie wickelt sie ein vorsichtig in alte Zeitungen
und schiebt sie zurück Ihre Kehle hinunter.
Translation from English to German by Weiss-Nix
ABOUT THE POET
Fríða Ísberg (1992) is an Icelandic poet and reviewer. Her first collection of poems, Slitförin (e. The Stretch Marks), was released by Partus Press in October, 2017. The collection was awarded the Icelandic Booksellers Choice Award for Poetry 2017, received the Grassroots Grant from the Icelandic Literature Center and was nominated for Fjöruverðlaunin, The Icelandic Women’s Literature Prize in 2018. She is a member of the Icelandic poetry collective Svikaskáld (e. The Imposter Poets) and writes occasionally for the Times Literary Supplement.
Since visiting Norway a few years ago, I knew that I must have some Scandinavian blood like friends & colleagues abroad supposed. My body design & features clearly indicates that my ancestors were not 100% Southern French-German. In Norway, I found my shopping paradise.
The swimmer-like width of my shoulders, my long arms & legs and female curves…no problem. Frankly speaking, my appearance is not cute at all (at least at first sight). I am a shield maid and a real woman – and not a kawai little girl. I spent some time in Asia, where I couldn´t find anything for my wardrobe.
By the way, later year I did one of these popular genetic tests and finally got the confirmation, in terms of genetic ethnicity I am a French-German-Scandinavian Mix plus a dash of Iberian. No wonder that Scandinavian fashion fits me well.
However, may I introduce ANITA HIRLEKAR`s beautiful work and philosophy to you?
Autumn/Winter 2018 is a collection with a strong focus on textiles (print, felt, and embroidery) and the quality of hand work. It is about going to back to making things by hand to create something meaningful and special. All the fabrics was made by Anita in her textile studio in Akureyri Iceland.
Taking an artistic approach to fashion, ANITA HIRLEKAR has an unconstrained use to color & texture.
The prints are developed and hand painted by Anita using her embroidered pieces as inspiration. All fabrics vary in color & texture giving the garment a unique appearance. The collection consists of easy & elegant print dresses & separates. All the textiles and accessories are made in our studio in north of Iceland.
Feature on Vogue Italia
At the occasion of the Reykjavik Fashion Show 2017, Cit.: The RFF was closed by talented Aníta Hirlekar, the designer whose strongest point is her artisanal approach – recognizing (and preserving) the importance and uniqueness of handmade clothing. She sent down the runway tops and dresses with innovative and colorful textures, in perfect balance with the elegance of all the silhouettes”
ABOUT THE FASHION DESIGNER
ANITA HIRLEKAR is a womenswear label based in Reykjavik, Iceland. Established in 2014 the eponymous brand creates sophisticated and feminine designs with a playful touch.
Taking an artistic approach to fashion, ANITA HIRLEKAR has an unconstrained use of color & texture. The designs have a strong attention to innovative fabrications always focusing on longevity.
The brands signature is to develop a vision that will reflect the uniqueness of the human touch, combining handcrafts with an high fashion sensibility.
All the textiles are made & developed in our studio in north of Iceland.
Anita completed both BA in Fashion Design with Print in 2012 followed by the MA specializing in Fashion Textiles at Central Saint Martins collage of Art and Design in London.
Since graduating in 2014 Anita Hirlekar has received international acknowledgment. Anita´s unique vision of style & colors was recognized when she was chosen as one of four ones to watch designers at London fashion week SS 16.
Her designs has been featured in numerous publications such as Elle US, Self Service & i-D magazine & worn by creative women such as the award winning director Rungano Nyoni at the BAFTAs 2018.
Potatoes? Great to have something in common with the Icelandic people. An alternative method of preparation will certainly enrich our (German) cuisine.
Often simple dishes without any shindig are the best in my view. Therefore, let`s try Iceland-style potatoes that have been highly recommended by one of my colleagues who is visiting Iceland frequently.
He confirmed that they are an absolutely delicious side-dish, which compliment any roast meal. Traditionally, the potatoes are considered a particularly delightful addition to a shoulder of lamb and purple cabbage.
3 medium-sized potatoes
5 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter
Wash and scrub the potatoes removing any dirt, eyes, etc. Cut each in half, then cut each half into chunks.
Bring a quart of water to a boil, lower the heat to medium, and place the potatoes in the pot. Cover and let cook for 20-25 minutes or until tender (able to poke a fork in it) but not mushy like you’re making mashed potatoes.
Drain all the water off the potatoes, let them sit in the colander for about 5 minutes to dry out.
Place the sugar on a frying pan and heat it up until it gets all melty. Stir in the butter or margarine when this happens.
When this mixture reaches a rich golden colour, remove from the heat and carefully roll the potato pieces in it to fully coat them each in the caramel sauce.
PLOT: After a flash of light shoots across the sky, a couple (Maika Monroe, Matt O’Leary) on vacation in Iceland wake up to discover that everyone in the world is missing. Now, they must fight for survival while trying to make sense out of what happened.
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