PHOTOGRAPHER: CJ Eklund
CAMERA: Mamiya 645 Pro TL + 80mm f2.8 & 55mm f2.8
FILM: 3 x Fuji 400H Pro
DEVELOPED & SCANNED: Carmencita Film Lab, Spain
LOCATION: Iceland

Introducing CJ Eklund. CJ found out she was making the move from Sweden to Africa and realised she had never been to Iceland. “I had never particularly been interested, thinking it was too depressing. But when it became evident I might not get another chance, and after a friend raved about visiting, I knew I had to try it for myself. I couldn’t let Iceland be the only Scandinavian country I had never explored.”

“We travelled to Iceland in April and from the moment our SAS flight landed I fell in love. It was like visiting the set of a sci-fi movie or landing on the surface of a strange but beautiful planet. Everything looked different from the very first minute. The landscape is like nothing else on earth.”

“We started and ended our trip in Rejkyavik and kept it as a home base, staying at the superb and brand new Hotel Skuggi and travelled out every day over a long weekend to as far as we could drive. Iceland is the kind of place that you need at least a good month to see and do everything even though it seems like a small island. We managed to do most of the West Coast and a little bit of the South West and in towards Pingvellir as well but I feel I could go back again and again and still find something new to discover, and for a perpetual wanderluster, going back to the same place over and over is the very definition of madness. But that’s Iceland for you.”

“I chose to take my Mamiya 645 Pro TL with me and some 120 rolls of Fuji 400H Pro. Everyone seems to shoot Iceland with Kodak Ektar but I felt I wanted to try a film stock that isn’t exactly well known for being fantastic with landscapes and it’s nice to see that it didn’t disappoint.”

“No other place on earth has made me love landscapes as much as Iceland and there are very few places that actually make my draw drop. Iceland is not only amazingly gorgeous, the people are warm and welcoming, the food is fantastic and Rejkyavik itself has a thriving nightlife! Even the horses in Iceland are special, with no other horses permitted to be imported due to the Icelandic Horse’s fragile immune system. A pony by many standards, but considered a horse due to its incredible strength, once an Iceland horse is exported, it is never allowed to return. As friendly as the people it shares the land with, the Icelandic horse is a thing of short and stocky beauty.”

“Brought up and educated in Australia, living in Sweden and relocating to Africa, I’ve lived and worked all over. I’ve been a photographer for over 10 years and use film for 60% of my work. I travel a lot for work and always for pleasure and I never not have a camera with me.”

Check out more of CJ’s work on her website and follow her on Instagram.mamiya 645 mamiya 645 mamiya 645 mamiya 645 mamiya 645 mamiya 645 mamiya 645mamiya 645 mamiya 645 mamiya 645Interested in submitting to LENSES&LOCALS Film Features? Find out all about them, here.