On June 15th we were making our way back to Reykjavik from Akureyri [more on both towns to come];  at the halfway point we came across these great rock people. We knew we were halfway because the signs told us so…

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©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

I’d asked Ragga about the rock people, and she said they were at the side of the road to make people aware of the small town of Hvammstangi, which was 6km down the road. We didn’t make it down to the town, (which is most densely populated area in the Húnaþing County, with population of about 580 people), so I guess the town will have to be on my list of things to see the next time I get to Iceland.

Anyways, a huge part of our excellent road trip was the boys; there wasn’t one time during the entire road trip that I wasn’t thankful that they were with us. They were funny, they were fun, and they were full of endless energy. Yup, you could say I miss them.

And while we, as adults, would look at the rock people, perhaps smile and say ‘how cute’ … the boys knew exactly what to do….

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

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We drove through the Highlands of Iceland where the beautiful Mt. Herdubreid is located. It’s on the Oskjuleið Route is a 1682m high table mountain.

It is the national mountain of Iceland and often called the “Queen of Icelandic mountains” — it is beautiful and majestic…

These are the views of the “Queen” and its surrounding area, as well as an image of Egill Ar building a structure with rocks.

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Queen of the Islandic Mountains pinned on map

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©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

So … we are in the middle of nowhere … well, nowhere by my standards. Ragga slowly begins to pull over to the side of the road; I’m figuring there must be another excellent natural landscape ahead that she’d like me to see, and then I began to feel the car bumping along. A flat tire??…really??

Now, for those who know me, know that my ‘automobile’ education includes only that the gas station attendant checks the oil and tire pressure, and the garage down the road takes care of the rest. To say I’m a total dud when it comes to cars would be an understatement. I asked about BCAA [or rather, the Icelandic version] and Ragga just looked at me like I was from another planet — she rolled up her sleeves and grabbed the spare from the trunk.

We were seriously ‘out there’ and not many cars were passing by – all I could to help was give Ragga words of encouragement. After a lot of trying to get the jack to lift the car, she finally asked me for help — albeit only to let her know when a car was approaching so she could stop it and perhaps get some assistance.

She flagged down a couple from Belgium and the husband changed the tire. Egill Ar appeared to want to help, while Brynjar Leó and I felt it would be most useful if we just didn’t get in the way.

Ragga called her husband in Reykjavik who found a tire repair store in the next town where the owner would come down and open the shop and put on a new tire. The incredible part was that it was late Sunday afternoon – Iceland and Icelandic people just continued to amaze me with their hospitality and generosity.

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

What is Help-Portrait?

The goal of Help-Portrait is simple: 1. Find someone in need 2. Take their portrait 3. Print their portrait and 4. Deliver their portrait. Help-Portrait was held December 12, 2009 and if this first year was any indicator, this will become an annual event.

Help-Portrait was formed by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart as he contemplated using his skills and expertise to give back to those who may not have the opportunity for a professional photo. The idea is that a photographer has the unique ability to help someone smile, laugh and return their dignity- it is a movement, a shift in photography.

The families and individuals I photographed were representative of a vast majority of people who work hard to sustain themselves in today’s economy. To be photographed by a professional photographer is something that is just not in their budget, and I felt honored to take their pictures.

I would also like to acknowledge and thank Lighthouse Gallery in Victoria for giving me the space to set up and take the pictures. As an aside, at time of posting this blog, all artwork in the photographs are available for purchase [and are on sale for 50% off!!].

Thanx also to Loupe Imaging in Victoria for printing the photographs which will be given to the people whose pictures I took.

Finally, many thanks to all who came in!! And thank you for allowing me to share your beautiful portraits!!

Here are a few of the images taken; a few more will be posted tomorrow.

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

Received an email from Help-Portrait at 8:30pm Dec 12th, and they reported that with only 43% of the locations reporting, 17,200+ pictures taken, 1400+ photographers had participated, & there were 2720+ volunteers!! It’ll be interesting to see the final totals as pretty much every country in the world had participating professional photographers.