The church stands on the outskirts of the fishing hamlet Bakkagerdi, near the Elf Mound ┴lfaborg.
Bakkageriskirkja hosts the town's most treasured possession: an altarpiece painting of Christ on the Mount by Jˇhannes S. Kjarval, the countryĺs most renowned painter. Christ stands on what looks like a miniaturized ┴lfaborg, with the unmistakable outline of Dyrfj÷ll mountain in the background. The townspeople commissioned the painting in 1914, when Kjarval was 29 and studying in Copenhagen. Iceland's bishop hated the painting and refused to consecrate it because the picture was related to the mythology of the country. It has remained unconsecrated up to this date.
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mjw364 (7004) 2014-07-03 6:22
Excellent monotoone treatment and a balanced composition too. Nice moody shot. Well done.
Wanda1 (14980) 2014-07-04 2:48
I like your black and white of this seemingly lonely place. Nice mood with the brooding sky. I like your angle of view as it creates a strong composition, and the inclusion of the snow capped peaks is a nice detail.
SnapRJW (30115) 2014-07-04 10:33
Hi Trevor - The lonely isolation of this little church is emphasised through your choice of B&W i think. A very well composed and balanced shot with the church taking center-stage and the landscape adding mood.
I like this shot very much.
Have a good weekend
willperrett (6426) 2014-07-20 2:58
It looks like a child's toy. But I love your choice of exposure for this one: more low-key than most would have chosen I suspect, but all the better for it. Crisp, but also moody and atmospheric. BTW, I don't know if you've already come across it, but if not, I think you'd enjoy "The Blue Fox" by Sjˇn, set in 19th century Iceland. Wonderful book.
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (2860)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-06-28
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Iceland
- Theme(s): Black & White [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-02 6:44