This photo documentary project, by collaborators and artists Agúst Atlason and Matt Willen, chronicles life in Iceland’s rural Westfjords from an insider and outsider’s perspective, aiming to provide a glimpse into the little-known region.
A documentary of inhabitants in the rural Westfjords of Iceland, this photo project gives viewers insight into this fascinating region of fishing villages and native Icelanders. After a fortuitous meeting in the Westfjords region during another documentary trip, Willen and Atlason conceived of this project to provide a glimpse into this little-known area from both an insider’s (Atlason) and outsider’s (Willen) perspective. In light of recent media surrounding Icelanders after the country’s economic meltdown, Willen and Atlason felt it important to portray the life of native inhabitants as it truly is in rural Iceland. Capturing the industrious lifestyle of these traditional peoples, Altalson and Willen have created a celebration of rural Iceland, showing viewers the tenacity and zeal of natives in the Westfjord region.