Monday, November 28, 2011

Ever been halfway across the world and ran into somebody you knew?

Well, this is sort of like that. 

Here's the scene: we're in remote Iceland, say, two hours away from Reykjavik at the Geyser, excuse me, Geysir (pronounced Gay-sir) park, and there happens to be a fashion photo shoot going on. No big deal, there are photo shoots going on all over the world. I mean, Iceland isn't exactly Paris, but it's not hard to fathom that some clothing company or magazine would fly their models, stylists, hair dressers, make-up artists, and photographers to a sparsely populated island near the arctic circle to do some photographing two hours outside of the island's largest (and only) city. 
On second thought, that is a bit hard to fathom.

Well, here are the photographs I took of the models. It was freezing cold so as soon as the photographer was finished the girls were smothered with thick, black capes to protect them from hypothermia....

So a few weeks later I come back to the US and go about my own business. Then I come home one day and the Urban Outfitters catalog is waiting for me in the mail. No big deal, I've been getting the catalog for years. But then I turn to the first page....

Ah, so we meet again....

But seriously, how fucking weird is that. I happen to be halfway across the world and in the exact location of a photoshoot of a catalog which I regularly get in the mail. 

Well, for those of you who were curious, apparently all those exotic locations in the Urban Outfitters  catologs are authentic. Who would have thought?

So after looking through the whole catalog, I can definitely say it was all shot on location in Iceland. Which is pretty fucking cool. I can almost do side-by-side comparisons of my photographs with the ones in the catalog. Hey wait - that's a really good idea...

Geysir Park: My photographs

Geysir Park: Urban Outfitters Catalog

The Farm Marshmellows: my photograph
(they are actually bundles of hay that have been wrapped in plastic)

The Farm Marshmellows: Urban Outfitters Catalog

The Blue Lagoon: My photographs

The Blue Lagoon: Urban Outfitters Catalog

Big Mysterious Crater: My photographs

Big Mysterious Crater: Urban Outfitters Catalog 

Valley right next to Geysir Park: my photographs

Valley right next to Geysir Park: Urban Outfitters Catalog

And the cover...

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