The photographs, taken in the past five years, are at once elemental and ethereal, dynamic and timeless, unfamiliar and intimate. A few minuscule human figures give an initial reference to the enormity of the glaciers, but the images soon lose all sense of scale, requiring a constant reassessment of our relationship to what we are seeing, and what in
reality we are bearing witness to. Surface details of the ever-moving ice, brought into sharp relief by volcanic ash, show powerful natural forces at play, but unseen and unstoppable forces are also at work. Nothing can be done to prevent Iceland’s glaciers from melting away. Within the next two centuries, they will be gone forever.
Jöklar is 200 pages long with 140 black-and-white images printed in tritone. It measures 360×250 mm and is edited and designed by Einar Geir Ingvarsson. Artist, Ólafur Eliasson writes the Forward and final words are provided by mountaineer, Tómas Guðbjartsson.