SNJÓR : Icelandic winter as seen by Christophe Jacrot
With global warming, is it still possible to photograph winter in Europe? To answer this question (in the positive), Christophe Jacrot went as far as Iceland. To return with a new series and a book: SNJÓR.
White Chapel,"Snjór" series (2014-2016). Christophe Jacrot.
Having captured the transfigured faces of the northern hemisphere's major cities in crazily adverse weather conditions, Christophe Jacrot now turns his camera lens toward wide open spaces. His most recent series, SNJÓR is the fruit of 6 long treks across Iceland, between 2014 and mid 2016.
What in the world led this French photographer to Europe's northern boundary, situated only a few kilometres from the arctic circle? A question: with global warming, the effects of which can easily be measured today, where can we still photograph winter… which looks like winter?
The Farm, "Snjór" series (2014-2016) Christophe Jacrot.
So with SNJÓR ('snow' in icelandic), he depicts a "world both populated and snowcapped". The magnificent sky-scrapers of his previous series give way to the frail outlines of isolated dwellings caught between a terrain covered by a thick layer of snow and a sky ready to crush them. The sea and mountains sometimes create landscapes that are virtually abstract, generally surprising and of a beauty beyond belief.
The Lagoon, "Snjór" series (2014-2016) Christophe Jacrot.
Fifteen images from this series are available in limited editions on Artistics.com. The whole series is brought together in a beautiful book, which was released on the 17th of October (h'artpon edition) in only 1200 copies.
This new work has already received a more than enthusiastic acclaim, as is proved by this interview with Yasmine Youssi during 'La Grande Dispute on French public radio "France Culture" on the 23rd of November 2016 : "It's simply magnificent, absolutely stunning. The quality of the image gives you the impression you can feel the snow falling, its texture, sometimes caressing you sometimes whipping you".