Finally got out today to see hunky Viggo Mortensen’s photo exhibit at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography, which opened around three weeks ago. My timing happened to coincide with a) the fact that I was in the neighbourhood, b) it was free, c) a few days ago I saw Eastern Promises and really liked it a lot. [How about that scene in the sauna, hm? Mercy.]
The exhibition is all about trees, with which old Viggo appears to have a fascination, and it’s actually pretty good. I expected it to be horribly gloomy and dour because all the promo shots I’d seen for it had been that way, but no. There were actually a few photos there that had colour and sunshine, plus there were poems written on the walls, some of which were by old Viggo himself. [Hint: this is for those of you who clicked on that Flickr menu disk a few thousand times. I know what you like.]
Incidentally, Viggo’s taken a bit of a shine to us here. He visited for the first time a few years ago, and now he just can’t get enough and keeps coming back. Probably because he can be a loner here and nobody cares. I read some interview with him the other day in which he said that, right after the opening of the exhibition, he was going to get in a car and drive out to the boonies, and just stay there by himself for three days. Hope he realizes that there aren’t any trees out there. And that there may be polar bears.
Speaking of which!
That third bear turned out to be a horse. Silly, silly tourists! Clearly someone needs to educate them about the fact that polar bears have paws NOT hooves. Perhaps someone could arrange an exhibit in arrivals section of the Leifur Eiríksson Air Terminal – THIS IS WHAT A POLAR BEAR LOOKS LIKE. IF YOU SEE ONE, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RIDE IT. Something like that.
WEATHER: NO CHANGE
Brilliant sunshine, cool breeze, lots of goose-pimpled Nicelanders with exposed skin. Right now 11°C [52F]. Sunrise at 2.55 am, sunset at 12.03 am.