Another Iceland: 113 Reykjavik

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¢ Tyler Monson

Tyler Monson (author of the blogs Here Now, Gone Before Long and More Original Refrigerator Art) today published his new book-blog 113 Reykjavik. This is more a book than a blog, presented in its final form, with now additional posts coming, and intended to be read sequentially.

Fans of icelandic landscapes with volcanoes of bad reputation, glaciers and black rock in this blog can discover another side of this island: urban scenes, graffiti, doors, windows, facades, people.

For sure Tyler’s approach is miles away from what the average tourist would seek, notice and photograph in Iceland. Yet it’s a comprehensive school of what Iceland is, too. I will definitely spend some more time looking there, savouring Tyler’s non-mainstream way of visiting this country.


  1. Thanx for this link! I´ve been two times in Iceland and Reykjavik and I get wanderlust from his urban pictures. Know many places…. Have a great weekend!

  2. Markus,
    Thank you very much for the kind mention of my ‘blog-book’. However, I am unsure if I will be making any additional posts, although I allowed as I might, and even left a couple of ‘blank’ posts at the very end.
    While people have said that looking at my pictures lets them see what I saw, I’m thinking now that it is the other way around—that the pictures show what is inside me, my spirit and personality (which is decidedly filled with the melancholy of Northern Europe).


    1. Tyler, I was probably a bit premature that “no additional post” topic, having formulated out of a gut feeling and deducing from the time you were taking for it. So I will look forward to potential additions.
      Your second sentence got me thinking. Whilst it is obvious that the viewer sees what the photographer saw, this holds true only in a very sectoral sense: the image shows what was before the lens. But the selection of the subject, the composition, the processing are all decided intrinsically by the photographer. Not always however this shows through – I guess this is a part of the artistic quality of an image, that the inner factors that led to its creation get transported, become tangible for a sensitive viewer. So our images probably always show two realities in different fractions. For me this is part of the fascination when looking at and pondering on pictures.

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