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Everyone Can be a Faded Polaroid at the Harpa and Dance with Yoko Ono Now

There is beautiful light in Iceland…

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… and I mean really beautiful light …

… but tourism survives on images, so the great opera hall, the Harpa, allows anyone to view others as if they are in a faded Polaroid shot from the 1970s …

… or an Agfa shot from the 1960s.

This retro thing, this notion of quoting the landscape in the very moment one observes it, is something the Icelanders learned in graduate school in New York, London and Berlin. It’s charming, but remember …

… every wave that goes to sea in Skagafjörður leaves behind a space for beautiful light. It’s like the sun is right there, you know.

Hólar in the Spring

It is.

Iceland Meets the Wind Off the Sun

I swear, Iceland is alive.

The late season light changes so quickly that the flow of gravity and time across space, and your body, are one. Only the photograph is still. Try opening the image in a new window. I think some of that directional energy and movement is captured in it, especially when seen a bit larger than here.

 

Either that, or confronting elemental nature makes a human alive.

Two Speed Iceland

The water swirls, and the wind swirls in the water, and under the effects of a kind of spiritual gravity, they congeal.If humans could move at their speed, they would still be swirling, but we are so fast that they appear still. We are light flickering on the surface of these flows.

And that’s beautiful, too.  That’s Iceland: a country that lives at two speeds, at once.

In a Country With Little Sun

In a country with little sun …

… holes are set in walls …

… but not to let in the light.

Sometimes the old word is best …

 

… window.

The wind’s eye.

It’s the same for the hole in your skull.

The skull’s eye.


It’s best not to let the wind into that one!

Just the sun!

Beautiful Ice on the Glacial Lagoon

The sun is bright inside the ancient ice of the glacial lagoon.p1320729

As the ice melts away, the sun inside is slowly revealed.p1320793

This is an artwork written with the stone the glaciers cut out of the mountains many centuries ago.p1320726

They have come together again, in beauty.

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In mystery.p1320457

And in wonder.p1320459

This is the glory of the world.p1320458

Its moods are 50,000 years in the making.

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They are not human moods.
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Even the darkness is light.

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Even the light is darkness.p1320449

You can see by it.

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You have only a few minutes.

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Begin.