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Artist Statement – Johannes Frank Johannesson
I´m a self-taught photographer who seeks the artist I hope to be, within me. I was born and raised in a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland and I believe that the mountains and the harsh landscape and weather which I grew up with has had a big influence on my work. My knowledge comes from reading books, shooting photographs and learning from my mistakes, and the joy comes from making an image I am happy with. My biggest passion in photography has to be landscape, though I mix it with other things. I find that black and white gives me the most pleasure and I feel really good when I have shot an image I know will be great in black and white, so my second passion would probably be black and white photography.
Why do I shoot in black and white, or why I even take photographs?
There is no real answer to this, other than it makes me feel really good when I see the work on the screen. Black and white gives me the freedom I need in many photos to express the landscape without color interrupting and it is giving me more graphical viewpoints in a way that color can’t.
My intention when I am searching for a new photo, can sometimes be an image I have in my head, like if I want to express an isolated place or abandonment, then I head out for that type of place. Most of the time I go out driving looking for images and hope to find some places worth exploring further, holding on to the hope of finding the one image I am aiming for in my mind.
I'm often looking for a soothing effect in my images and simplicity but I also want to express as much drama as I can just to show the power that nature has, and to maximize how small humans and their things can be against Nature.
By using this special technique I can slow down certain elements to give the viewer a feel that time has stopped and give him a change to explore nature in slow motion.

I currently live in Hafnarfjordur Iceland with my wife Mayya Pigida

"And I always think that my photo is out there, I just have to be there to grab it "
                                                                                                          johannesfrank 2014