MY FABULOUS FRIDAY
The Icelandic documentary photographer and modern nomad – in Dubai to lead a workshop – has a funny take on life despite his fear of clowns
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.
NEW AGE NOMAD
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.
WEIRD BUT TRUE
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.