One light, a black background, 13 bands (one not even named yet!) and 50+ faces. I traveled to Reykjavík at the end of January for two weeks to visit friends and work on a personal project. The idea was simple–photograph as many faces of the Icelandic music scene as possible.
This series was largely inspired by Fred Conrad’s Faces of a Towering Project and Peter Hurley’s The Art Behind The Headshot.
My setup included the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX power pack, one Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Deep Octa, a Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G lens plus my Nikon D700.
The Ranger system just fits my current aesthetic–portable, powerful and simple. New gear is cool but this project reminded me that the most important aspect of portraiture is the relationship between the photographer and the subject.
My exposure was around 1/125 and f/1.6 at ISO 100.
Huge thanks to Ben Stacey for letting me use his studio space and to everybody that participated–Albert Hauksson, Árstíðir, Borko, Jeff Who?, Kiriyama Family, Kristín Þóra Jökulsdóttir, Lockerbie, Low Roar, Mammút, Porquesí, Sing For Me Sandra, Sykur, Valdimar and We Made God. Check out some group shots and extra artwork below!
I thought it’d be interesting to have everybody doodle in a sketchbook. It started with some simple signatures, but turned into some really creative artwork.
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