The Ice­landic doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­pher and modern no­mad – in Dubai to lead a work­shop – has a funny take on life de­spite his fear of clowns

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Doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­pher Óskar Hall­gríms­son is a funny man him­self, but clowns still scare him.


I am an om­ni­vore when it comes to mu­sic, but I guess Nineties’ hip-hop is a strong can­di­date for a favourite. Wu-Tang Clan and No­to­ri­ous BIG’s songs are what I like – the lyrics are all far too ex­plicit to re­peat in print.


Ice­land was amaz­ing to grow up in, a lit­tle cold, but amaz­ing none­the­less. I’m cur­rently in Mum­bai, where I work for a col­lab­o­ra­tive workspace called Min­istry of New most of the week. Dur­ing the week­end I walk around pho­tograph­ing the city. I lived in Dubai for three months last year. I loved the old Dubai in Deira, the souks and the desert land­scapes.

Most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment

I have on many oc­ca­sions run out of bat­tery or for­got to charge them at a cru­cial point, some­times even on a set with dozens of peo­ple and mod­els in make-up wait­ing. But my most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment was when I had to make a plane full of jour­nal­ists on our way to Green­land wait for my mum to rush to the air­port and bring me my pass­port.


There’s a weird pho­tog­ra­phy trick I use – look­ing at the sky while tak­ing a photo. I do a lot of street pho­tog­ra­phy and it’s im­por­tant to get can­did shots. When I walk up to the sub­ject and look at the sky or a build­ing in the dis­tance while keep­ing the cam­era on the hip, 99 per cent of the time the sub­ject looks in that di­rec­tion too and ig­nores the cam­era.


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