Krýsuvíkurkirkja 1857-2010

© - Krýsuvíkurkirkja

Sad news came my way today.  Krýsuvíkurkirkja, or the church at Krýsuvík, was destroyed in a fire at the beginning of January.  As there was no electricity going to this structure, the most likely cause of the fire was arson.

I did not make many images of this church.  In spite of the fact that it was probably no further than 40 miles from my home away from home in Iceland, I only made images here twice.  It was very much out of the way and off the beaten path.  Coming from Grindavík it was on a very bumpy and windy dirt road.  Coming from Reykjavík or Hafnarfjörður it was still a dirt road, but smoother (and longer).  There was a geothermal area not too far from the church which got much of the attention.

My first and last visits to this church were about two weeks apart.  The first visit was on a dark and overcast day.  I made a couple of images, but nothing of great consequence.  My last visit was on a very warm summer’s day.  The high for the day was over 25º Celsius in Reykjavík and it marked one of the very few times that I ever turned on the A/C in my vehicle in the 7 years I was in Iceland.

Obviously the image  above and to the left was shot on the 2nd visit. There are a small handful of things that makes this image appeal to me.  The first is the church itself–unpainted wood is a rarity for Icelandic churches–I can think only one or two others with this type of appearance.  Next is the sweeping S of the cloud formation above the church.  Also unusual in its own right.  And last is the geologic feature in the right part of the frame, showing remnants of Iceland’s volcanic past and present.

This was one of the ten images that found its way into the Gathering Places exhibit at Crockett National Bank in September-October 2007.

Good-bye, my old friend.  You will be missed.

We now return to our previously scheduled pause…

~ by Jim Miller on Wednesday, 17 March 2010.

2 Responses to “Krýsuvíkurkirkja 1857-2010”

  1. Beautiful picture!
    I’ve just been looking right through your blog ‘cos it seems a pity to just look at the recent posts when there’s so much more great stuff just a few pages away! I’m really impressed by these Iceland landscapes in particular. The composition and layout in this one is great and with so much space devoted to the sky, it gives us a real impression of the bleakness and the isolation of this stubborn little chapel!

    • Thank you for the kind words, Kai. Iceland is a magical place. So much raw and unspoiled nature dotted with signs of her history such as the now former church at Krýsuvík contrasted by the historical, modern, and sometimes ultra-modern that is Reykjavík. Her beauty spoiled me greatly.

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