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What Once Was Is No Longer...

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 21 February 2016 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.


...but it may yet return back to life.

Before we set out on our drive from Isafjordur in the Westfjords to Hvammstangi we found some information about this old abandoned house or "the old castle house" that could be found on the way. We did not have an exact location, only a rough idea of where it may be located. We managed to track it down during our journey and stopped there to take some photos. In the end it can be spotted quite easily from the road near the locality of Arngerðareyri.

It was built in 1928 when times were a lot better and full of life in this area. The owners abandoned the house in 1966 and gradually it fell into ruin. Apparently, it has been purchased by a German couple who plan to restore it to its former glory. Hence my title and lead into this post.

For now it presents an interesting alternative to capture something a little different in Iceland and no doubt it is high on the list of interest of "urban explorers" who like to photography abandoned buildings. I am not exactly one of them, but I am not one to shy away from an opportunity to expand my photographic horizons.

I may yet post a colour version of the house but the weather, conditions and the abandoned atmosphere sang "monochrome" to me when I was scouting out compositions and angles for my photos. I chose a wider perspective here as I found a good foreground element that I wanted to use and for me it also adds to the general "urban" decay feeling of this scene.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/20 second F/11.0 ISO 100 24 mm

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