From A Varða to Verdtrygging

A Varða est une tradition. Pour les uns, représente le Zen, pour d autres une borne au bord d une route, pour certains, un porte bonheur, d autres y voient le moyen de montrer leur passage à un endroit difficile d accès.
Vous avez certainement déjà remarqué ces petites piles de pierres au milieu des plaines, en haut des montagnes

Elle représentera donc ici le passé, l ensemble des croyances islandaises, les racines.

Verdtrygging est un terme financier que les Islandais connaissent trop bien. Puisque pour une partie d’entre eux, il est la cause de la crise.

Voici les portraits des gens qui ont bien voulu répondre à mes questions et me permettre de comprendre davantage la crise qui sévit de 2008 à 2011.

Ce fut catastrophique pour les Islandais, surtout les jeunes et majoritairement de la capitale. Les Islandais préfèrent acheter, même leur premier bien, à la location.
les jeunes avaient le moins d’économie et n’avaient pas l’habitude de faire face à ces situations. Et à la campagne « vous savez nous les banques et les prêts… »
En majorité, les biens sont déjà payés par les plus agés.

Donc un crédit est dans la mentalité des le plus jeune age et les remboursements sont usuels.

Sauf quand les taux explosent. Ce qui se produisit en septembre / octobre 2008

Imaginez juste. En 2010 soit 2 ans après le début du phénomène, on parle déjà de « sortie » de la crise comme dans cet article.
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/the-icelandic-post-crisis-miracle/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

 

Un grand merci à

Mme Estrid BREKKAN, Ministre conseiller à l’ambassade d’Islande en France,
Kristin JONSDOTTIR, sans qui ce projet n’aurait pas pu exister.
Ragnheidur ARNGRIMSDOTTIR and her amazing family !
Bergljót SNORRA
Bjorn ARMANSSON
Matthildur ASMUNDARDOTTIR
Friðrik ARNASON
Selja JANTHONG
Fridrik ARNASON
Sigrun THORVARDAR
Stephan GUDMUNSSON
Sigridur Birna MATTHIASDOTTIR
Ásmundur GISLASON
Elisabeth GRAU pour son soutien quotidien

Sponsors :

– Central COLOR
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– Icelandic Car rental
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– LEICA
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Sources / Informations :

– Ambassade d’Islande en France
http://www.iceland.is/iceland-abroad/fr/

– PARISARDAMAN
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When Australians goes to Stykkisholmur

There are bad days, when all is dark and none is there, there are bad days, facing emptiness and wondering where’s you’re fate.

Then, by chance, a friend, from the other side of the world, and you never met, send you a book about the place you dream at the other other side of the world….(yes, it’s not started and it’s already the mess)….

It’s about Photo, Passion, kilometers, and Iceland !

2 words about the crazy story…

He lives in Australia, I live in France, he has a fantastic wife, me too 😉 (but not the same just be relax)

childs, life, passion, and photography for both of us. Then he gets to Iceland in June 2010 ( for me it was september 2008). Then he gets back to Iceland in september 2011, and i was in May 2011)

Twice for each ! and we discovered, with our Aussie and Froggies eyes this magnificient country.

Funny isn’t it ?

This chronicle is about his trip and his eye, and the way he noticed one great piece of architecture in Iceland, one of the most important place in Iceland : Churches !

If you had chance, to visit Iceland already or if you plan to do it, don’t forget churches, because they all desserve the look !

You’ll find it everywhere, completely surrounded by urban cityscape as in Reykjavik, or in the most remote valley, at the top of the highest European cliff, or in the smallest fisherman village of Iceland (that you can imagine, is one of the smallest in the world)….

My favorite one is the extraordinary church of Stykkisholmur

I let you discover why…

This book is great ! the letter sized i’ve received as a present is a little small to give you an idea of the quality of the picture. but as i know the artist, and the churches, i can talk as if i had received a larger sized book.

Let me tell you one thing, this book could had been done by ATGET ! 

No one, perfect sense of construction and composition, and I’m Sure Manray would had say « this is surreal » (which is a compliment)….

But he’s dead, so i have to deal without this compliment. And because Manray is dead, i have to tell to Roberto, but first of all, to all the buyers of that books « I told you it was a good idea to buy this book »

If you’re doing a collection, buy it

If you’re doing a study on Scandinavian architecture, buy it

If you love churches and it’s representation, buy it

If you like beautifull photos, buy it

Robert, more than a friend, is a photographer for many years. When you have a look at his composition, you instantly fell in love with his eye (you know what i mean …)

and you adore the time he took (thanks madam for your patience in the car…) to make a perfect photo.
And you’ll see very discretly how long it took him, on the computer, to clean the sky, put the clouds in the center of it’s composition, and finished to « mettre en valeur » the multiple tones of the grass.

This is one of the best motivated book i’ve seen till now  because of the  « savoir faire« , and in the choice of arranging the book.

One last words, this documenting book is finished with small descriptive words about the church. That’s pretty clever, and exactly what we could have wait from such a book

It’s a book i like particularly, because of all the reflexion that we can feel behind each word, page, photo, and even if the author didn’t took a lot of riks to make these photo, he was close enough from his subject !!

Congrats for this good work

What i wish for him ? to sell as many books as possible, even if such a subject is less attractive than the Pirelli calendar.

But who know what will happen in the next book ;))

 

Shine on !

Robert YOUNG personnal : http://rwyoung.com.au/

Where to buy book : http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/356742