Claus Sterneck (Germany, Iceland)
Claus visited Iceland for the first time in 2003, going straight to Djúpavík in the Westfjords and spending a week there. He immediately fell in love with Djúpavík and knew that this place would change his life forever.
Claus has spent every summer in Djúpavík since 2006 – to help in the hotel and to simply spend time in the place he loves most. Two years later, he decided to stay in Reykjavík over the winter instead of returning to Germany. He now lives in Reykjavík where he works as a postman – and he is happy as ever!
His photography blog – www.claus-in-iceland.com – shows Iceland from a different perspective. His focus is on showing a unique view of Icelandic daily life which cannot be found in most picture books and articles on Iceland.
For the past few years now, Claus has been working on several projects, for example integrating the elements of sound and text in connection with his photography. One such project is called “Pictures – and their sounds”. When taking a picture, he also records the sound of the immediate environment where the picture is taken. Thus each photograph can both be seen and heard, which widens the spectrum of perception. Examples are available here: www.claus-in-iceland.com/pats
Claus Sterneck has been exhibiting his photographs at the old herring factory in Djúpavík every summer since 2009. Besides Iceland, his pictures have also been shown in Germany and Austria.
This year Claus is emphasizing the Kría (Arctic Tern) in his work. He will be showing large-format photos, postcards and a book – all with this bird as the focus.
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