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Advent in the Highlands


Advent in the Highlands – Photography Book by Sigurjón Pétursson and Þóra Hrönn Njálsdóttir.
Aðventa á Fjöllunum - Advent im Hochland

The inspiration for the photographs in this book is sought in the famous novella, Aðventa á fjöllum (Advent – The Good Sheperd) by the Icelandic author Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889-1975). The book was first published in German in 1936 as Advent im Hochgebirge.

The photographs were all taken during the winter of 2010–2011 in the highlands east of Mývatn in northeast Iceland, where the novella takes place.

While others prepare for the holy time of Christmas, the shepherd Benedikt and his two friends are out searching for lost sheep in the mountains, to bring them through deep snow and winter blizzards to safety. Sigurjón's approach is to select 120 phrases and sentences from the novella, and then choose a location, date, and time for each photograph with relevance to the quotations. Instead of bringing us living sheep from the winter mountains Sigurjón brings us images of winter beauty frozen in time.

The old shepherds' hut at Jökulsá á Fjöllum plays a prominent role in the project of Advent. It belongs to the Historic Buildings Collection of the National Museum of Iceland. In the hut there is a timber wall that divides the main floor into two rooms. During the ages travelers have recorded their names and dates of travel on this wall. It is therefore covered with hundreds of signatures. This comprises a very special archive of information. In the book there are about 120 photographs of those signatures. Þóra Hrönn Njálsdóttir is the signatures´ photographer.

The book is published in Icelandic, English and German editions.

Advent im Hochgebirge von Sigurjón Pétursson und Þóra Hrönn Njálsdóttir. Die Autoren suchen Inspiration in dem unsterblichen Roman Aðventa (Advent im Hochgebirge) von Gunnar Gunnarsson, der auf dem Abenteuern von Benedikt Sigurjónsson, oder Fjalla-Bensi, im dritten jahrzehnt des letzten Jahrhunderts basiert.

Advent im Hochgebirge, Fotobuch von Sigurjón Pétursson und Þóra Hrönn Njálsdóttir.

Dieses wunderschöne Buch verbindet das literarische Erbe, die isländische Winternatur und die historischen Quellen der Bevölkerung. Das Buch wird in Isländisch, Englisch und Deutsch veröffentlicht. Im Zusammenhang mit der Ausgabe werden zwei Ausstellungen mit Bildern aus dem Buch im Isländischen Nationalmuseum geöffnet.