Young Land

2015, 2022

All land is mid-formation — but sometimes it rises above the sea level faster than the erosion can smooth it out, resulting in a jagged, uneven landscape, still in perpetual flux. Settling such a land is similarly a process of constant change, a history of overlaying ecological takeover by introduced and invasive species, rise and fall of new industry and shifting technological intrusion. It creates a landscape that shows both its natural and artificial undecidedness, stronger than do other parts of the world: in its rocks, waterways, maintained and abandoned structures.

Young Land is a series on the natural and social landscape of Iceland. It captures the island’s prominent geological features, efforts at reforestation, civil and military infrastructure, and the effects of tourism.