B&WEuropeStoryIceland by Sophie Oddo

In 2015, I moved to Iceland for about six months. Student in the Academy of the Arts of Reykjavik, I discovered the Icelandic everyday life. Far from tourist dreams, living from day to day a « behind the scene » of a small country, living in the heart of mass tourism.

In 2015, I moved to Iceland for about six months. Student in the Academy of the Arts of Reykjavik, I discovered the Icelandic everyday life. Far from tourist dreams, living from day to day a « behind the scene » of a small country, living in the heart of mass tourism.

Just right in the midst of the strong ambivalence between the Icelandic identity, its country, its lands, indefinable landscapes, and what man has done to it. This is where I developped a work of analog photographic series of my explorations far from the city.

Iceland | Sophie Oddo
Iceland | Sophie Oddo

I walked, groped on these lands. I lived there strong adventures, vibrating, so solitdary, that they often brought me back to theses primitive sensations of the discovery of the world, romantics needs to find myself there alone, alive. And yet, always with the present consciousness of what was happening in the heart of the city, and spreading on the land. I discovered a Nature, which I seemed to know since I was young, but exceeded me this time. A Nature so powerful, unpredictable, that she let me realized that Man, invading as he is, is only a tiny dust when she decides to wake up. I also discovered a confusing Iceland. Significant of men encroachment, where no landscape has been preserved. Far from postcards, far from ideal daydreams. And yet, in the midst of all this, a certain and nameless beauty. As if, the more nature rebels herself, the more beautiful and powerful she become.

While I was there because I was thinking this country was the one of the purest in the world, I found out that Iceland was one of the worse. I learned that Earth is not sustainable for future. That we will never do more things than we are doing today. Using more and more of the earth, making resources disappearing. With no way back. If all of this was so painful to hear and learn, it took my photographic work on another level, where I deeply had the need to testify, awaken consciences.

Pétur Thomsen is one of the most inspiring artist that I discovered there. He opened a way and a real talk about Nature and Human, and the use of Nature for Human. I always searched for this idea, for my words, about Nature and us. About, how important and beautiful is Nature, and what human is doing to it. What we have to do, is to learn on Nature. Money doesn’t make us happy. Consumption doesn’t make us happy. Actually people are getting less and less happy. And human just went so far that now, it’s like an unfixable problem. So what can we do, with something that we can’t fix? What can I do as a photographer? Pétur Thomsen made me realize. He found that the only way for him to do something was to follow the transformation of the land, and just give it all his respect by photographing it in a beautiful way.

Iceland | Sophie Oddo
Iceland | Sophie Oddo

With his work, I just realized that humans really want to dominate nature and they can’t leave anything untouched. Even when they are talking about “good things for the earth/environment”, it’s actually quite always for human profit. That is what I actually figured out by traveling by myself, further than touristic places.

During one of my travel in the country, it suddenly came to me. Everywhere I was going, were human traces. Building machines, tractor, crane, everywhere. One evening, I found myself in the middle of mountains, close to the big glacier, Vatnajökull. Nothing around. Nothing except nature. And silence. But in this pure calm and silence, a distant noise was disturbing everything. Two men were digging some holes in the middle of nowhere. And it felt totally insane. Why do they have to be here? Why do they have to be everywhere? To dig everywhere, to build everywhere? There was nothing around. Just Nature, this really vast Nature. And them.

Human can’t leave a place untouch, he feels forced to make it his own. To profit the most, to increase the most. In a world where we actually live as the result of adventures and pioneers, the need to do big things and make everything our own, going where no one ever went, live where no one ever lived, use nature… became a need bigger and bigger, and probably the need of everyone. And we are more and more on earth. And there is less and less unexploited land by human, and even less good exploited. Instead of taking what earth is offering to us and just statisfy ourselves, while respecting her, we destroy her.

And this is where I stand. As a human, as a photographer. And this is where I wondered that maybe if Iceland is for everyone a pure land, beautiful and untouched, the way to show the reality of human there could have a real impact on society.

So for almost six months, I worked photography, to manage to talk about the impact that human has on Nature, against his romantic needs to always find himself close to her. A work on this ambivalence.

Iceland | Sophie Oddo
Iceland | Sophie Oddo

This work is a journey, photograph by photograph, which tell the saga of human in nature, showing and confronting what human is doing here, and power of Nature. I think my work is not telling the story of one character, but more exposing our own person, souls, and life, in this giant world we just pass through. It’s a work about us, about the past, the future, about our questions, and infinite non-answers. I want to bring the spectator into this world, let him feel the silence, this loneliness we are all living in one way or another. With landscapes, mountains that have these eternal strength to make us think more and put into perspective your life. But also with this white purity.

This continuous movement of man in the heart of a powerful nature, unpredictable, that once in the middle of nothing and without reference, seems to have no temporality. We have felt these strange sensations, of a timeless temporality, where we then realize that before us, with us, and without us, she will continue.

My analog technique, in black and white, also allows me to translate this lack of reference points. More aesthetic this time, but still, no less meaningless. Like etchings, sometimes charcoal drawings, these landscapes stand here, in the present, but interacting with all the temporalities. We then question what we know about things, about the life that passes, and about our relationship to Nature that evolves, and is here since the beginning of time. Iceland is worldwild known for its quite magical touch, myths, magic and mystery. It has this really interesting thing that can, for a moment, takes people far from medias, and let them feel what they actually have inside as human beeing. Because strange, magic, has power to bring curiosity to the spectator. And if there is curiosity, there is thoughts. And if there is thoughts, there is introspection and reflexion. I took my photographs in black and white, and the look of them immediatly made me connect to the past. And I think this part of my work is something that can connect with this curiosity, that play with our perceptions. And if you play with perceptions, you play with the reality, and ask questions about it. It is in the inverted world that human can find answers, or move forward. And it also puts another perspective, another “look”, to this dream lands everyone has in mind.

Iceland | Sophie Oddo
Iceland | Sophie Oddo

In line with my need to go back to simplicity, far from the media world, I also immediatly wanted this work to be a physical work. Analog on paper, to feel the dimension of this paper, which is a simple thing that always bring us back to our roots, far from screens. Making something concrete, touchable, in the now. Using feelings. I think if you come back to love, wonder and feelings, you will enjoy the simple things of life again and you will not need to use more and more to live. All about the simple things of life. Experience the world with our senses. Feel. Be curious. Question yourself. Look at the world. Listen to nature. And if you become more aware, you are getting close to your heart. And in this media world, getting close to your heart, is what we all need, to act with intelligence, and protect the world.

These analog photographs are for me and undefined work, suspended in time, as much as these lands evolved. Four years later, I still have these regular thoughts about this country I have known. That I photographed at a specific moment, in an idea of footprint, groping, of an evolution never ended, and which continues evolving since then, without me, with everybody and without person. What has become this country? This is a photographic work suspended in time. One Trace Work, which reflects timelessly, a precise time in a world we all live in, in constant evolution – that could be yesterday, today or tomorrow – right in between a positive progress, and the one which deserves we think about.

A timeless evolution, which raises awareness about what is, what was and what will be. Between solitary adventures and inventory of fixtures. A testimony, another vision of a country which we we talk a lot about, which has its own essence, but which happens to be an huge spokesperson of the world we live in.

Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Iceland | Sophie Oddo
Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Iceland | Sophie Oddo
Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Iceland | Sophie Oddo
Iceland | Sophie Oddov

Iceland | Sophie Oddo
Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Iceland | Sophie Oddo
Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Iceland | Sophie Oddo
Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Iceland | Sophie Oddo
Iceland | Sophie Oddo

Gallery

SOLO EXHIBITION

EACH MONTH, THE MOST VALUED PROJECT WILL RECEIVE AN INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITION IN OUR GALLERY.

DEADLINE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 2021

PHOTO: © ALAIN SCHROEDER
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BAnImage.jpg

ImageRights provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide.

300x250

With ON1 Photo RAW you get the professional photo editing tools every photographer needs to get professional results while keeping your workflow.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/magazine_dodho_mostly_white_300x250.jpg

GuruShots is a platform for people who love taking photos. Get ready to push your creativity and enter your shots in the ‘Mostly White’ photo challenge!

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/banner-300.jpg

Call For Entries #18 | After 17 editions and more than 100 published photographers, our print edition has proven to be a simply effective promotional channel.

RELATED STORIES
Five minutes with Dina Oganova

DnaEuropeFive minutes with Dina Oganova

I think a lot of people and a lot of things inspired me and will inspire all the time, because without it…its impossible to be.
Houses and property; Lignes Vertes by Alexandra  Davy

ConceptEuropeHouses and property; Lignes Vertes by Alexandra Davy

When I was young, I drove on the road many times with my parents and I have always been intrigued by these great walls surrounding this houses as well as the gates with protruding pikes
A light leads to another by Momoi Atsushi

AsiaConceptA light leads to another by Momoi Atsushi

In this work, I've been inspired by my personal experience that some fragmentary memories are recalled irrelevantly, indeed it happens to all of us.
Nude art : Ties of perception by Nofar Horovitz

AsiaFeaturedNudeNude art : Ties of perception by Nofar Horovitz

Being a photographer immersed in the process of recovering from sexual assault brought up the subjects of nude art, body image, womanhood, female empowerment and coping with stress and trauma to my attention.
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/instagram.jpg
Enric Montes ; Parallel worlds

ConceptEuropeEnric Montes ; Parallel worlds

After a life in photography, in 2009 he created his publishing house to publish his own projects.
Cergy’s Faces by Jean-Pierre Duvergé

B&WEuropeShotCergy’s Faces by Jean-Pierre Duvergé

A picture is worth more than words, I decided to show it by photographing anonymous people who could be our neighbors, the retailer where we go every day, a person who passes in the street you look and who you look, a smile sometimes.
TRENDING STORIES
Moments by Alexander Desouza

AmericaB&WCityMoments by Alexander Desouza

This photo series titled Moments was born out of my desire to capture people on the streets of Chicago. A moment or beat in life is very precious. The genre of street photography is best at telling stories through moments.
Growing in Darkness by Mário Macilau

AfricaB&WFeaturedStoryGrowing in Darkness by Mário Macilau

Mário Macilau is a photographer who works with “the ghosts of society” – socially isolated groups and subcultures – activating subjects and their stories though his psychologically sensitive yet loaded photographic lens.
Bikini Words

StoryBikini Words

During the industrial expansion of Korea in the 1970s and 80s, working and housing conditions gave rise to new linguistic developments among the workers.
Amazon by Olivier Valsecchi

EuropeNudeAmazon by Olivier Valsecchi

Olivier Valsecchi's new series "Amazon" is a gallery of post-apocalyptic portraits where half-prehistoric half-Disney characters are photographed in front of an ancient wall carpet depicting an eerie jungle.
Copypaste  by Tata Gorian

ConceptEuropeCopypaste by Tata Gorian

"Copypaste" is an observation of the ways in which the human living in a technocratic world continues recreating nature inside and outside the home. The imitation of the environment in artificial materials embodies the striving for immortality.
Su battileddu by Marcello Perino

EuropeStorySu battileddu by Marcello Perino

"su battileddu" is the protagonist of lula's carnival mask. lula is a small village in sardinia where the archaic rite of dionysus' death takes place every year during carnival.
Just Small Hiccups by Anni Hanén

ConceptEuropeJust Small Hiccups by Anni Hanén

My father once told me that my world is like a black and white image, but I guess my heart has found it ́s own colours. I began my Just Small Hiccups story after I moved back to my childhood home with my own family.
The balance by Edi Chen

AmericaB&WCityThe balance by Edi Chen

It was a cloudy day on July 15, 2016: New York City Center has existed for centuries on Broadway only a few blocks from Times Square. It is Manhattan’s first performing arts center and is built in a Neo-Moorish style.
Iceland by Sophie Oddo

B&WEuropeStoryIceland by Sophie Oddo

In 2015, I moved to Iceland for about six months. Student in the Academy of the Arts of Reykjavik, I discovered the Icelandic everyday life. Far from tourist dreams, living from day to day a « behind the scene » of a small country, living in the heart of mass tourism.
FEATURED STORIES
Under the sign of the rat; Roger the Rat by Roger Ballen

AmericaB&WConceptFeaturedUnder the sign of the rat; Roger the Rat by Roger Ballen

Surreal, refined, disturbing: Roger Ballen has made a name for himself with his special eye for what is usually considered minor or outside, yet is nevertheless profound and touching.
Intimate portraits of animals; Behind Glass by Anne Berry

B&WBioEuropeFeaturedIntimate portraits of animals; Behind Glass by Anne Berry

Behind Glass is a collection of photographs made in monkey houses of small zoos throughout Europe. Anne Berry is recognized for her ability to create lyrical, intimate portraits of animals.
Fictional narrative photography; Birth Undisturbed by Natalie Lennard

ConceptEuropeFeaturedFictional narrative photography; Birth Undisturbed by Natalie Lennard

Birth Undisturbed is a fictional narrative photography series by Natalie Lennard, that brings scenes of natural childbirth into cinematic fine-art tableaux.
Japanese Aquariums by George Nobechi

AsiaFeaturedStoryJapanese Aquariums by George Nobechi

Japanese Aquariums is a journey into some of my oldest, most treasured childhood memories. Whenever I visited my grandparents in the small, northern Japanese city of Otaru, my grandfather, a high school teacher and an enormous influence in my life, would take me to the aquarium.
Greenland; Stories from the Sea by Camille Michel

EuropeFeaturedStoryGreenland; Stories from the Sea by Camille Michel

Greenland became politically independent from Denmark in 1979 and is slowly getting on the path to economic independency. The ‘ice country’ is currently facing the consequences of climate change.
Intimate diary; Jazz Notes by Giuseppe Cardoni

B&WEuropeFeaturedShotIntimate diary; Jazz Notes by Giuseppe Cardoni

It is a declaration of love by Giuseppe Cardoni, but also by an Italian region, Umbria, which has always hosted the most important jazz festivals and where the author took most of his photographs.
Guatemala; Until the corn Grows Back by Lys Arango

EuropeFeaturedStoryGuatemala; Until the corn Grows Back by Lys Arango

Until the corn Grows Back; Lys Arango’s project was selected and published in our print edition 16. Criminal violence in Central America was something that happened very far away and that explained, according to the media, the gigantic caravans of migrants that from 2017 began to travel thousands of kilometres to reach the United States
Greatest jockeys; Fortza Paris by Marco Cheli

EuropeFeaturedStoryGreatest jockeys; Fortza Paris by Marco Cheli

Fortza Paris; Marco Cheli’s project was selected and published in our print edition 16. Over the years, until today there are many young Sardinians, specifically from Barbagia, who leave their island with the dream of becoming a jockey of the Palio di Siena.
Africa; River Blindness by Marcus Trappaud Bjørn

B&WEuropeFeaturedShotAfrica; River Blindness by Marcus Trappaud Bjørn

The project River blindness focuses on a neglected tropical disease, which is the second most common cause of infectious blindness worldwide.
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/getty-images.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/black-eye.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Edelman-Gallery.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Medium.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Opiom.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Filter-Photo.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/head-on.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Photo-independent.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/lagos-photo.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/gtb.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/IPA.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/in-focus.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/image-rights.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/riga.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/BGD.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/ICP.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Mifa.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/miami.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/viewbug.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/OFF.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/KLPA.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/rotterdam.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Photo-Nola.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/clampart.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/dripbook.png
OTHER STORIES
X
stay in touch
Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date with all the latest stories, opportunities, calls and more.
We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use
We’d love to
Thank you for subscribing!
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted.
- Between 10/30 images of your best images, in case your project contains a greater number of images which are part of the same indivisible body of work will also be accepted. You must send the images in jpg format to 1200px and 72dpi and quality 9. (No borders or watermarks)
- A short biography along with your photograph. (It must be written in the third person)
- Title and full text of the project with a minimum length of 300 words. (Texts with lesser number of words will not be accepted)
This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Issue #14 | September 2020
Current Issue
Vicky Martin
Ryotaro Horiuchi
Susanne Mildeelberg
Diego Bardone
Nicky Hamilton
Alain Schroeder
Printed on 80# matte paper 22x28cm | 100 Pages
Showroom
September 7 to October 31, 2020
Julia Fullerton-Batten
LOOKING OUT FROM WITHIN
Get in touch
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Dodho Magazine is pleased to announce the new call for the photographers selection from all over the world that will be presented in an exceptional edition.
Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
Photo by ©Ryotaro Horiuchi | Japan | Issue#14
Dodho Magazine is pleased to announce the new call for the photographers selection from all over the world that will be presented in an exceptional edition.
Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
Photo by ©Ryotaro Horiuchi | Japan | Issue#14
CALL
FOR ENTRIES
Dodho Magazine is pleased to announce the new call for the photographers selection from all over the world that will be presented in an exceptional edition.
Are you ready?
Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
Contact
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted. This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation.
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
NEW!
FOLLOW US.
Subscribe now and get a free access to a curated list of resources.
Feel free to contact.
2017 (C) All rights reserved.
ghfd