In November 2007, I spent 29 days in Reykjavik, Iceland. Each day I meticulously documented my daily expenses while creating a daily photo log of the eerie and unique Icelandic winter, selecting one photograph from each day in order to capture the personality of this strikingly distinct place. As the expenses add up, the cost of creating each photo is tallied. This record of the minutia from daily life, when displayed alongside scenes of the starkly beautiful yet unfamiliar landscape reveals a deeply intimate yet still often painfully monotonous portrait of Reykjavik and my time there.
(29 full color photographs)
Born in Atlanta, GA, Ryan Watkins-Hughes is a multi-media artist and photographer. He earned a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute where he was granted the 2001 Graduating Senior Travel Award. Beginning his work in photography and seeking new ways to innovate the medium, he was awarded a KBFUS Grant for travel to Belgium in 2003 and a SIM Artist Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2007. Based in Brooklyn, NY since 1997, Ryan will begin a teaching fellowship while pursuing an MFA in Digital Art at Tulane University, New Orleans in August 2008.
Watkins-Hughes continues to exhibit throughout the Americas and Europe. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The London Times Magazine, Folha de S.Paulo, WNYC, NPR, CBS News and CNN.COM; his work is also featured in The Art of Rebellion 2 by Christian Hundertmark, and the documentary film To Be Seen by Alice Arnold. The legal implications of his SHOPDROPPING project were recently analyzed in the Washington University Law Review.