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Solarhringur

Jessica Houston & Bruno Tremblay
2009
24-hour time-lapse photography to HD video,
Skagostrond, Iceland
12 minutes

Solarhringur means the circle of the sun, or 24 hours, in Icelandic. This 24- hour time-lapse video is made from still shots taken of a view onto a fjord on the northern tip of Iceland. It records the passage of time, and people’s perceptions of light. While the camera recorded the changing landscape during the course of one day, I asked people in the village of Skagaströnd to describe the sky. Their observations provide the sound for the video, along with a voice of a young woman counting the times of day in English and Icelandic. I collaborated with Dr.Tremblay, a climate scientist at Columbia University.