North and away

Moments captured by an American photographer in Iceland www.mattheweisman.com
Ain’t no holla back girl

Ain’t no holla back girl

Adding this to ‘Reykjavík’s worst parks of all-time’ list

Adding this to ‘Reykjavík’s worst parks of all-time’ list

Sad to hear about the death of Gwar’s frontman Dave Brockie AKA Oderus Urungus. I thought I’d share a story from my own Gwar experience…
It was winter 2009 and I was just getting into shooting shows. I still had my first digital camera (Canon Rebel with a kit lens). I knew next to nothing about concert photography and was pretty much running on passion. I’d seen some crazy photos of Gwar´s live show somewhere, noticed that they were playing NYC and decided I wasn’t gonna miss it.
I arrived in the photo pit to find a few other photographers wearing trash bags. Their gear was wrapped in plastic bags too. I had nothing. I thought to myself that I probably didn’t know what I’d really gotten into. Fake blood started was everywhere pretty much as soon as they started playing. People were flying over the photo pit barricade. It was difficult to even try to get a clear shot off without a boot to the head or some kind of slime or blood in your face.
About halfway during the second song, the crowd broke the barricade. All the photographers almost got crushed but security ran in, held the barricade back and we narrowly escaped. I felt lucky that something worse didn’t happen. I walked upstairs to the balcony, continued shooting and made the shot here.
It was a concert experience that I’ll never forget. Rock needs monsters, villains, aliens, fake blood, theatrics and over-the-top personalities. RIP Dave Brockie

Sad to hear about the death of Gwar’s frontman Dave Brockie AKA Oderus Urungus. I thought I’d share a story from my own Gwar experience…

It was winter 2009 and I was just getting into shooting shows. I still had my first digital camera (Canon Rebel with a kit lens). I knew next to nothing about concert photography and was pretty much running on passion. I’d seen some crazy photos of Gwar´s live show somewhere, noticed that they were playing NYC and decided I wasn’t gonna miss it.

I arrived in the photo pit to find a few other photographers wearing trash bags. Their gear was wrapped in plastic bags too. I had nothing. I thought to myself that I probably didn’t know what I’d really gotten into. Fake blood started was everywhere pretty much as soon as they started playing. People were flying over the photo pit barricade. It was difficult to even try to get a clear shot off without a boot to the head or some kind of slime or blood in your face.

About halfway during the second song, the crowd broke the barricade. All the photographers almost got crushed but security ran in, held the barricade back and we narrowly escaped. I felt lucky that something worse didn’t happen. I walked upstairs to the balcony, continued shooting and made the shot here.

It was a concert experience that I’ll never forget. Rock needs monsters, villains, aliens, fake blood, theatrics and over-the-top personalities. RIP Dave Brockie

Öskudagur. Kids dress in costumes, visit shops, and sing to get candy in return. It’s kind of Iceland’s version of Halloween.

Ólafur & Putin

Ólafur & Putin

New York Yankees ticker tape parade, 2009

New York Yankees ticker tape parade, 2009

#afmæliskaka

#afmæliskaka

It was gorgeous this afternoon so I decided to walk to the harbor and check out an art piece called Þúfa by Ólöf Nordal. It’s a small man-made hill with a little shed on top that’s for drying fish.

moped-riding cat in Vesturbær

moped-riding cat in Vesturbær

My amigo Arnþór filming for our new video project (also my first!). More details soon…

My amigo Arnþór filming for our new video project (also my first!). More details soon…

New artwork in the neighborhood

New artwork in the neighborhood

Styrmir

Styrmir

bíll

bíll

köttur

köttur

Somewhere on Laugarvegur

Somewhere on Laugarvegur