When I first envisioned this series, I had no idea that it would be of any interest or resonate with people in the way that it did. After all, these are images of industrial architecture – often described as ugly stains in the otherwise beautiful nature of my adopted homeland.
Rather than portraying this collection as a glimpse of the “other side” of Iceland, I wanted to create an atmosphere that would entice people to forget about the original setting and to imagine another time and place… a future world where the human race is continuing on our collective journey of self-preservation.
What will that future look like? How will we go about colonising another planet if Earth is no longer inhabitable? What will we need to build in order to survive?
The unsightly constructs of human design and industrial evolution become all the more beautiful with the realisation that they are necessary to support our version of life. Without industrial architecture to provide us with the materials that we need to sustain ourselves, we become fragile beings at the mercy of the elements and nature around us.
Our strength as a species is reliant on imagination and communication. As Albert Einstein once said, “imagination is more important than knowledge.” It ignites creativity, giving rise to new ideas that allow us to explore, innovate and to make scientific discoveries.
My imagination has been the driving force that has kept me afloat this year. Thank you for encouraging me on my journey, joining the conversation and for sharing your own thoughts and theories. I’ve learned so much from all of you and your support means the world to me.