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BLACK BEACH

For many centuries civilisation used to look at nature in order to find out more about health, love, prosperity, etc. Some of those omens and signs would come from birds, who are seen as portents of impeding calamity and death, while thought to bear or steal spirits of the dead. On the other hand, birds can be commonly associated with longevity, fertility and life.

When I stumbled across those dead, putrified birds in Iceland I was stuck by their grotesque presence. Having no idea how they had ended up like that I asked some of the locals. Nobody knew unfortunately why.

An ephemeral moment combined by four warm days - during the cold month of March on the north shore of Iceland - allowed me to have this unique encounter and reflect upon an aspect of human nature which is a common desire for renewal, transformation and rebirth.