Anna María Sigurjónsdóttir
Anna María Sigurjónsdóttir is known for her explorations of her native land both socially and geographically. She holds an MFA in photography from SCAD, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A. She lived in the States for 9 years but returned to her native country, Iceland in 1997.
Anna María has held and participated in over 35 solo and group exhibitions, in Iceland, America, England and Scandinavia.
Amongst those exhibitions is “Eyjafjallajökull” which was on display at Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway in 2013 and at the Salisbury Art Festival, England in 2014 . “Eyjafjallajökull” is a series of images, capturing the eruption of the volcano in South Iceland that caused a giant ash cloud to disrupt international air travel in April 2010.
In 2010 Anna María published a book on Icelandic women, paying attention to the Gender Pay Gap. The portraits of the women were exhibited in several places in Iceland and at Nordatlantens Brygge in Copenhagen in 2011.
Anna María’s images have been published internationally in books and magazines.
In 2013 she published a photography book on the interior of Iceland – drawing attention to the uninhabited highlands with all it’s wonders – and to the fragile nature in danger of too many tourists being allowed out there.
Anna María has worked for film and television companies in Iceland, but is a full time freelance photographer today. She also owns a part in a company developing and producing Apps for travel companies around the world and her nature photography revolves mostly around that today.
Anna’s photographs will be shown at Chateau L’Etoc on Saturday evening and also No 1 Essex Castle.
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It affects us in so many ways.
The sun can make us happy, the rain can make us sad.
The wind can shake us up, the clouds can calm us down.
Weather affects what clothes we put on in the morning.
It even changes our plans.
I photograph weather. Weather, light and nature. This combined gives you endless opportunities many times a day, every single day. There’s always something new and something fantastic to look at and pay attention to – and to respect.
What do you do when someone disrespects you?
How do you react?
I do believe that the climate change on Earth is a direct cosequence of how we’ve treated our planet. How we’ve disrespected it for way too long.
Arctic ice and glaciers are melting faster. Rising sea levels, record high temperatures, drought and loss of agricultural land are all telltale signs. The intensity, frequency and duration of hurricanes have all increased. The frequency of the strongest hurricanes (Category 4 and 5) has even increased.
The warning signs are all over the world.
I photograph weather.
Some might call this landscape photography, I call it weather photography.
The weather constantly reminds us of how little it takes for the forces of nature to put everything off balance. I photograph weather and exhibit the images to remind us of how small we are in the world and yet we’ve managed to mess it up big time.
Our beautiful Earth.