Sodium Sun: The Glowing Street Lights In Icelandic Landscapes By Stuart Richardson

Stuart Richardson was born in 1978 in Auckland, NZ and raised in Connecticut. Since 2007, he has been based in Reykjavík. In addition to his photography, he runs Custom Photo Lab, where he specializes in printing exhibitions and providing photographic services for fellow photographers and artists. About the ‘Sodium Sun’ series Richardson explains: ‘The relentless darkness of Icelandic winter evokes images of snow-covered landscapes lit by the moon and the aurora, yet most Icelanders experience the winter under the constant glow of streetlights. Sodium Sun examines how these ever-present streetlights influence the Icelandic landscape. In Iceland, the streetlights are the first indicator of suburban sprawl, often going up long before buildings are ever built, hinting at human life where it does not yet exist. The lights are clustered in areas where there is little traffic. They obscure the outline of landscape and all but the brightest stars. Once in their pool of light, it is nearly impossible to see anything outside of it — vast landscapes collapse into claustrophobic islands of illumination. Yet even as they block out the natural environment, there is stark beauty in the geometric forms — the artificial suns we have created to bring back the light.’

Sodium Sun: The glowing street lights in Icelandic landscapes by Stuart Richardson

Sodium Sun: The glowing street lights in Icelandic landscapes by Stuart Richardson

Sodium Sun: The glowing street lights in Icelandic landscapes by Stuart Richardson

Sodium Sun: The glowing street lights in Icelandic landscapes by Stuart Richardson

Sodium Sun: The glowing street lights in Icelandic landscapes by Stuart Richardson

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