Earlier this winter, photographer Annie Ling traveled to Ólafsfjörður, a town of just 800 residents in northern Iceland, for the two-month Skammdegi AIR artist residency. “Skammdegi” means “the shortest days of the year,” in Icelandic, which to some may seem less than inviting, but Ling was “drawn to the challenge of working in ‘dark winter.’”
Throughout her time in Iceland, Ling captured many of the most unique and intriguing elements of Icelandic life: natural landscapes, residents’ daily routines, and local holiday celebrations. In an article in The New Yorker written by Amy Connors, Ling said: “Iceland is a culture of storytelling and storytellers. Their stories and the unique environment that shape them…serve as inspiration for me.”
Check out several of Ling’s photos below, and click here to learn more about her time in Iceland.
The harbor in the fishing town of Siglufjörður, which was once the center of Iceland’s herring industry.
Isabella catches the wind in her jacket in Ólafsfjördur.