Saturday, February 24, 2018

Chasing Iceland

Visit Iceland through the Photography 

"Chasing Iceland" is the name photographer Daniel Ionashku gives his new show at Second Story Gallery. The pictures will be unveiled at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2, part of the Downtown Camas First Friday activities.

Ionashku made a spur-of-the-moment decision to visit Iceland last November and shares his images from the adventure. He says he was greeted by the Aurora Borealis through his airplane window, sailing along beside him in the night sky as he landed. After that welcome, he spent his days traveling the ring road that circles the island country, enjoying an eerie calmness with landscapes unlike anywhere else.

The resulting photos, which he prints on canvas, will be displayed through March 31 in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library. The gallery is open during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 

About the Series

This series comes from a journey around Iceland in November. The trip was booked in an instant spurt of spontaneity as a friend and I were getting coffee. Two weeks later, we were arriving in the Nordic country. Upon descent, we saw the Aurora Borealis outside our airplane window, steadily flowing alongside us in the night sky. A wonderful way to be welcomed.

The rest of the trip involved driving around the ring road that circles the remote country. Despite the harsh weather that seemed to change every 10 minutes, there was a beautiful and eerie calmness to all of it. With breathtaking views in every direction and landscapes unlike anywhere else, it truly felt like another planet. Being so far north, the sun seemed to just hover over the horizon all day long giving us an extended dusk and dawn — a slow and constant rising and setting that seemed to slow down time.

I often dream of what it might look like to explore distant planets. These remote places are my glimpse into a universe of wonder.

About the Artist

Growing up, I was fascinated with exploring new places and capturing my experiences. Being the youngest of 7 kids raised by a single mom in a low income household, I was taught to cherish moments over possessions (read: we were poor). My joy came from the memories made with friends and the curious places we would find rather than the things money could buy us. As soon as I made any money, I spent it on a camera that I used to capture everything. In school, I was the guy walking around with a camera while everyone else walked around with their blackberries and flip phones.

Photography was my enabler — my escape from the out-of-reach desires and into a world of beauty and depth. It was, and it continues to be my motivation to see the world.

Daniel Ionashku 

Please join us for the 
First Friday Artist's Reception
March 2     5 - 8 pm
Live music provided by Brad Jensen

Open to the public - all are welcome!

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