Submitted Series - Árnes
"Árnes is an isolated region in Western Fiords in Iceland where I spent an autumn month in 2010. This work was a continuation of my previous three-year project about a little village in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. In both cases I was fascinated with rural life and its connection and proximity to nature. I wanted to examine this intimate and archetypical relationship. I was also interested in portraying life in such a small isolated community, and changes as people move to cities. The sheep farmers of Árnes live off the land, as Icelanders have done for hundreds of years. Far from bright lights and big cities, people in the Árnes region live surrounded by steep mountains and the waves crashing on the shore. In the Árnes region 38 people live in 15 homes all year round, and in the whole area there are more than 2,700 sheep. Life in Árnes is pretty set, every season has its tasks and chores, it is also a balanced coexistence between man and nature which has lasted for centuries."
Professional Commission First Prize Winner for his series “Árnes”.
Professional Commission Second Prize Winner for his series of images from Dakar, Senegal.