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Höfði, Reykjavík, Iceland (again)

I went back to reshoot the Hofdi house on my last day, as I wasn’t sure my night shoot had gone. The pale golden light of midday illuminated the building perfectly.

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Graffiti wall on Saebraut, Reykjavík

I first clocked this at night as we drove along Saebraut, the coastal road which lazily leads into central Reykjavík from the east of the city, and resolved to visit it again during the day. Some great pieces on this warehouse, adding a splash of colour to an otherwise drab urban stretch.

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Austurvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland

Austurvöllur, a square in old town Reykjavik surrounded by the Parliament Building (Alþingishúsið), the city’s oldest church Domkirkja, and the wonderful Hotel Borg.

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The footbridge to Ráðhús Reykjavíkur

Ráðhús Reykjavíkur (Reykjavik City Hall) sits by the Tjörnin (pond) in Reykjavík. An elegant building, supposedly over 200 years of discussion preceded its commission in 1987. Municipal and national government work on a smaller scale than most other countries in Europe, and I think the footbridge entrance to the City Hall somehow reflects this. A very down-to-earth, practical and harmonious approach, like many Icelandic solutions.

A storm gathers over the harbour, and the ducks gather around the bridge, thinking they’re going to get fed. They know they’re on to a good thing: everybody with kids seems to come down to feed the wildfowl on the city pond.

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Graffiti off Laugarvegur, Reykjavík, Iceland.

Fantastic graffiti behind Sirkus, just off Laugarvegur, Reykjavík, Iceland. They seem to take good graffiti very seriously in Iceland: a small walk around the city centre, 101 Reykjavík, provides the chance to see some world-class street art. I”m curious about this spot: whilst digging around online I found lots of pictures of Sirkus (a live venue I’m sure I’d read about in the past) but I think the enclosing wall to this yard has only been removed relatively recently, opening out this space. These early pictures showed a couple of the London Police’s characteristic ‘lads’ (some of my favourite street characters) on the wall, but nothing else.

The top of this gable wall is covered in tiny mirrors which twist and turn in the breeze, and below several pieces create a series of narratives which permeate into every corner. I’m guessing that an empty space was reclaimed as an art space when the bar closed down, but that’s merely an educated guess. Regardless, it’s an inspiring and exciting place to stumble on in the delightfully surreal environs of downtown Reykjavík.

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