MANSCAPES is a photographic series exploring the presence of humans in the seemingly barren landscapes of Iceland. Despite expectations of Iceland being raw in natural landscape and sparse in human population, there were few uninterrupted vistas not dotted with the dereliction of rusting machinery, or a tourist with a selfie stick. The images could be read as glorified selfies as the artist’s face is seen reflected in a mirror next to abandoned machines and outhouses. They are intended to highlight the efforts humans make to live in even the most hostile environments; that agricultural progress causes abandonment; and that the traces of this dereliction becomes the landscape itself.
The images were taken as part of a road trip around Iceland in the summer of 2015.

Landeyjahöfn, Road 254Landeyjahöfn


Vík í Mýrdal to Ásólfsskáli: Road 1Vík í Mýrdal


Höfn to Hoffell, gravel trackHöfn


Djúpivogur to Höfn: Road  1Djúpivogur


Höfn campsite: Road 99Höfn campsite 1


Reykjahið to Krafla: Road 1Reykjahið


Mývatn to Reykjahið: Road 1Mývatn


Höfn to Skaftafell: Road 1Höfn Skaftafell


Egilsstaðir to Seyðisfjörður: Road 93Egilsstaðir


Höfn campsite: Road 99Höfn 2


Sauðárkrókur to Grettislaug: Road 748Sauðárkróku


Egilsstaðir to Seyðisfjörður 2: Road 93Egilsstaðir 2


Seyðisfjörður to Hafnargata: gravel track


Mývatn to Reykjahið: Road 1Mývatn 2


Stöðvarfjörður to Breiðdalsvík: Road 1Stöðvarfjörður


Hvalnes to Thvotta: Road 1Hvalnes


Fáskrúðsfjörður to Stöðvarfjörður: Road 96Fáskrúðsfjörður


Akureyri: Road 1Akureyri


Varmahlið to Miklibaer: Road 1Varmahlið


Geysir campsite: Road 35Geysir


Kálfafell to Vatnajökull glacier: Road 1Kálfafell


Reykjanes: Road 425 Reykjanes
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