Helvítis Brӕla: A Preview from A Day at Sea

For 15 hours our boat didn't stop rocking. It was one of those moments I had to continually remind myself of what exactly I was doing. I stood there, struggling to stand on my own two feet, watching these massive swells slowly grow in size before they crashed against the cliff sides around me. Miles and miles of endless cold, dark and unpredictable sea water stood between our boat and the next land mass to my East, Greenland.  It  was truly a surreal moment to immerse myself, if only for a day, into the lives of what so many Icelandic men have done and continue to do for a living; commercial fishing. 

 

We spent the day with Sea Captain Illugi Jónasson, a fisherman from the small town of Olavsvik, Iceland; located on the west coast of the island. Like his Father did before him,  he braves the cold water of the North Atlantic to provide for his family, and clings on to this prayer that is inscribed on his necklace.

 

"My ship is small, the sea is big and hides multiple reefs, but damage will come from neither reef nor sea, because my ship is protected by Jesus."

 

Stay tuned for his full story!



Munk Pack x Hunter Lawrence

Anyone that has done any sort of extensive hiking or long road trips knows the feeling when you start getting hungry and the last thing you want to do is grab another handful of that same trail mix you've been munching on for hours, or pull over at a convenient store and buy overpriced chips and a coke that will make you feel even worse at the end of the day.

 

We were so stoked when we connected with the kind people over at Munk Pack prior to leaving on our 2 month journey across Iceland. At the end of the day Sarah and I are firm believers that we are what we eat, and so finding a company that created nutrient rich, gluten free and all around good tasting snack packs that would actually give us energy rather that slow us down was vital for us. 

 

From 17 hours spent on the open sea, to treks behind waterfalls and up glaciers, we took these with us wherever we went, and never once did we regret it. 

Arctic Adventures: Snorkeling

I've only ever snorkeled in tropical environments. This was a whole lot like that, except we were in 3mm wetsuits, a dry suit on top of that, cold water gloves and the water was 1 degree above freezing. I've honestly never seen views like this before, the water so clean we could literally drink it while swimming. Such a surreal experience to be swimming in between the tectonic plates of America and Europe...only in Iceland. 

Iceland Symphony Orchestra: A Preview

Music is one of our absolute favorite forms of art. It can set the mood of a cafe and well up a world of emotions within your soul. There are so many variations of it; each unique to its own culture. The one thing we find most interesting about it however is that its universal. It doesn't matter what language you speak you can hear the rhythm and appreciate the sounds. Music is a worldwide language.

 

Sarah and I attended a free concert at the Icelandic concert hall, Harpa. We were shocked when we walked in on a Wednesday at 12pm to the entire room packed out to listen to a 30 minute piece performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. We managed to get a seat on the front row and witnessed quite possibly one of the most beautiful pieces of music we had ever experienced. The concert hall that we were in, was a room of total glass. With a 180 degree view of Mt. Esja and a harbor full of fishing boats that sat behind the symphony...we listened to the music and watched the snow gently fall outside the window into the mighty Icelandic sea. It was perfect. 

 

This one musician stood out to us the entire show because she had a smile from ear to ear that never left her face during the entire performance. You could tell that she authentically loved what she was doing...no question about it.  Sarah and I agreed after the performance that we had to do a profile on this musician, so we approached the project manager of the symphony via their Instagram account, pitched our idea, and when we described that particular musician as the smiling one...he knew exactly who we were referring to; Herdís Anna Jónsdóttir, a Viola player in the Icelandic Symphony. 

Life in a town of 300: A Preview

We recently returned from the South of Iceland, specifically from Vik...a town of only 300. The drive to Vik from Reykjavik is an impressive one, miles and miles of untouched mountains guide your way for a good 2 hours before a final descent straight down to the black sand beaches of this tiny coastal town. 

 

Sarah and I spent 3 nights at the Nordur Vik Hostel, documenting the day to day life of the guest house owner Aesa; a soft spoken women who treated us more like family than the strangers we were.  Each morning we woke to the smell of fresh baked bread, homemade jams and a view that made us absolutely speechless. We're so excited to share more of this story with you, but until then here's a few images:

Heim : Home

Heim is the Icelandic word for home. For the next 3 months Sarah and I will be making Iceland our home as we begin work on our project documenting stories across the north atlantic. It was a bit different arriving to Iceland in total darkness; we arrived this morning at 5am, the sun didn't rise till 10am...and it was worth all the wait when we saw the view of our new home. Here's to creating something beautiful; we hope you enjoy. 

Hunter Lawrence X Pendleton Woolen Mills

Sarah and I took of to Aspen, Colorado to work on a photo shoot for Pendleton Wool Mills, a company based in Portland, Oregon. We spent the day exploring the San Isabel National Forest, and enjoying the gift of a beautiful, foggy, fall afternoon. 

 

Alps and Meters

Alps and Meters is a new outfitter creating Alpine gear that is both functional and stylish. I was recently hired out by them to take their newest product up to 11,000 here in Colorado, do a little backcountry skiing and sleep out on a glacier. It was the perfect mix of product testing and a lifestyle shoot for Winter Catalogue.