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Harbour Skagaströnd, Iceland


Today’s my birthday. My family calls from home. I stand in front of the  kitchen window at the studio in Skagaströnd. Of course we use Skype and through the webcam I show my mother a tiny piece of Skagaströnd, the mountains beyond and a large stretch of the sea. Modern times…

At the other end I imagine my mother in her little house behind the dyke which protects our village. If you walk the narrow concrete stairs up the dyke you’ll see  the harbour which opens to the Oosterschelde, a sea arm of the North Sea. Worlds apart, Bruinisse and Skagaströnd, but in the community life I see many similarities. Maybe that’s why it seems as if Skagaströnd feels like a second coat notwithstanding the exotic scenery.

Harbour Bruinisse, the Netherlands

We got the following mail from Jacob (interrim project manager of NES Artists Residency):  “One other thing, tomorrow, down by the harbor, from 14-16 the rescue team will be showcasing their equipment. I think it is mostly for children, but it might be interested to check it out.”

So we checked it out and were able to “grab” many children and parents who have been pupils of Leikskolin Barnabol. A remarkable girl is Birta, she choose a special place to be filmed and photographed, a spot near Café Bjarmanes right at the seaside. First AnneMarie did her video rotation drill and immediately after I shot the picture of Birta for the photo collage.

Thank you rescue team for your warm welcome with coffee and waffles!