It’s funny how easily we can feel the relativity of time, especially as the last year interrupted our daily habits and rituals and changed them, or have them disappeared completely. The usual way to and from work, the meetings, or just stopping by at your favorite cafeteria all used to frame our days. Some of those things may have even been distracting us. Filmmaker and photographer Garðar Ólafsson roams through a place where there is no such thing as a distraction or a notion of time. His sublime home, Iceland.
Garðar Ólafsson is a professional photographer born and raised in Iceland. Surrounded by the wild beauty of his country, Garðar mastered the art of photography and film making when he took up studying Cinematography, Photography, Editing, and Sound Recording at the Kvikmyndaskóli Film School in Iceland. His profound knowledge of the Iceland landscape is incorporated in his top-notch aerial and landscape-focused work which grasps the complexity and phenomena of the North European beauty, such as explained in the thesis by Guðbjörg Rannveig Jóhannesdóttir:
The phenomenological elucidation of aesthetic experiences of natural landscapes shows that there is a common core to experiences of the sublime and the beautiful, undermining a sharp Kantian distinction between the two. The Icelandic language gives us a clue here, but one of the Icelandic terms for the sublime is ægifegurð. Ægifegurð is a combination of the two words ægi, which can mean grandness or awesomeness (inspiring awe and even wonder), but also has an element of fear or threat in it, and fegurð, which means beauty. This term, therefore, points to the idea that beauty and the sublime are inherently connected.
Filmed with a minimalist equipment Dji Mavic 2 Pro, Ólafsson enters also seemingly drone-inaccessible areas, taking you deeper into the soul of the wonderfully diverse landscape of water, rocks, greenery and volcanos and invites you to forget about everything for a moment and get Lost in Time:
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Chiara was born and raised in the neighbourhood of Petržalka in Bratislava. Besides studying Marketing Communication at Comenius University, she happens to be an observer, mostly through the lens of a camera.