I came across this short film by photographer Ryan Walker earlier, and in watching it I really felt as if I was coming across an old friend. This might sound a little odd, but in saying this I mean through watching “Island” I returned to appreciating film as a medium in itself, something I’ve not been able to do for a while now. I’ve simply not come across a film that has such vividness and imagination, and at it’s most simple description brings a smile to your face. It felt almost uplifting to rediscover a project that offers no words but is so rich in narrative visually, as Ryan takes us on a reflective montage of his recent travels to and through Iceland.
Here he highlights not only the beautiful and vast open land of the Scandinavian island, but a slice of its culture and people too. In fact it also documents quite a spectacular and super natural day in Iceland as well, having shot this during the midnight sun of last June. A natural phenomenon occurring in the summer months north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic where the sun never fully sets and remains visible 24 hours a day. I felt like Ryan had matched the dreamlike and surreal notion of this event within his film, it’s not an occurrence I’ve been aware of previously so it’s great he’s created a project to highlight it. I’m sure many others will be fascinated to learn of its presence.
Another of Iceland’s natural occurrences I’ve promised myself I’ll see before I leave this world is the Aura Borealis, or the northern lights as it’s sometimes referred to. So perhaps this is something I can experience in the same trip – I’m certainly intrigued to learn more. So whilst I go off and read into this a bit further I’d suggest you watch on below and see what you think for yourself. I’ll leave the link for Mr Walkers page just below too for those wishing to follow his future work. Enjoy!