Björn Árnason是一名来自冰岛的摄影师，他今年34岁，摄影取材来自日常生活，其构图简洁优美。他镜头下的风景，无论在寂静的郊野还是在纷杂的纽约，都散发出宁静的气息。gooood与Björn Árnason进行了一些对话，请见下方。
Björn Árnason is a 34-year-old photographer based in Iceland. His photos draw inspirations from daily life, simple but beautiful. No matter the landscapes from the quiet countryside or images from noisy city, all emit scents of tranquility. Below are the dialogues between Björn Árnason and goooood.
Can you also tell a bit more about you ?
My name is Björn Árnason and I´m born, raised and living in Iceland. I’m 34 years old and working as a photographer.
Why and when started it ?
I started taking photos about 10 years ago, I wanted to study graphic design but I started working at a photo lab which I ran for about 5-6 years. My drawings, graffiti and paintings that I have been doing since for many years before were always been very symmetrical and minimalistic and I guess that’s how I think visually. I had been seeing photographs like that in my head for a little while just before I started shooting them myself. I also saw many many photos each day at the lab and I wanted to do something different.
What’s your statement?
我想我的理念就是努力发掘生活中大小事物的美。我的摄影作品中没有任何的政治或社会观点，只是单纯地抓住自然环境和城市环境中的美。I guess my statement is that I’m trying to point out the beauty in the little and big things that we usually pass by. I have no political nor social statements in my work not yet anyway. I’m just trying to grasp the beauty in the environment, both nature and in the city’s.
Why do you prefer shooting landscape than others?
我拍摄的大多数是风景并不是因为我对风景情有独钟，而是因为冰岛是一个被大自然包围的国度，你不用走很远便可以远离城市到达风景秀美的乡村。我很喜欢去乡村，尤其是冬天。白雪皑皑的世界里，一切都显得十分宁静，你甚至只能听到自己的呼吸声。当然，我在市区内也拍摄了很多作品。我在雷克雅维克（冰岛首都）和巴黎拍摄了“墙”系列。今年三月我拜访了Mary Ellen Mark（Mary Ellen Mark是当今国际摄影界最受人尊重的摄影家之一）在墨西哥瓦哈卡州的工作室。期间我拍摄了大量的城市作品，“人”出现在作品中，这是我以前从未尝试过的。对我来说，这是一个挑战，是一个良好的开端。Mary Ellen是一个特别棒的导师，我们在她的冰岛工作室也有合作。我不希望仅仅只拍摄风景，未来“人”在作品中出现的频率会越来越高。我和我的朋友Jörgen Hjerdt现计划做关于瓦哈卡州一家屠宰场照片的展览，这些血腥的照片将带来不一样的美感。
I don’t prefer landscape over anything else. I guess my work until now has been more landscape than anything else because here in Iceland you don’t have to go far to reach the city limits and be surrounded in nature. I love to go out in the countryside, specially in the wintertime. Everything is so peaceful when everything is covered in snow and you only hear your own breathing. But I also do a lot of work within the city limits. I’ve done small series of walls both here in Reykjavík and in Paris and I was in Mexico this March for Mary Ellen Mark‘s workshop in Oaxaca. There I did most all of my work in the city and I tried to include people in my work which I have never done before. It was a challenge but a good one, Mary Ellen is a fantastic teacher and I also work with her on her workshops here in Iceland.I don’t just wanna shoot landscape and I think people are going to pup up more in my work in the near future. My next exhibition will probably be from a slaughterhouse in Oaxaca. I and my friend from the workshop, Jörgen Hjerdt are planing to do a exhibition together on photos we shot at the slaughterhouse, really graphic, brutal yet beautiful images.
I realized that the most part of your picture is occupied by the sky, why?
I love the sky! The sky is so much larger part of the horizon than the ground so its easier to isolate part of the city or landscape to include more of the sky. I like this big space of “nothing” in my pictures gives them a peaceful feeling.
I love the peacefulness in your photos and look forward to your new works. Thanks!
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