Iceland is quite a country to attempt to capture. Sometimes dubbed The Land of Fire and Ice, this Nordic island nation is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, and some of the world's most active volcanoes. Skubatz’s recent photo essay, The Weather Report, is about Marsibil, a woman who runs a weather station at one of the remotest and most isolated farms in the country.
Marzena Skubatz is interested in the identity of places.
Skubatz’s subject told her that: "There is no place I could feel more free and independent than here, at the end of the world. My home.“
The photos do an impressive job of highlighting the difference in scale between Marsibil’s intimate life of solitude with her dogs with the grandeur and the scale of Iceland’s geography. The subject told the photographer that: "There is no place I could feel more free and independent than here, at the end of the world. My home.“ The images are dominated by the various tones of white layered upon one another in the landscape.
The Weather Report’s images accentuate a sense of isolation.
Skubatz lives and works in both Germany and Iceland, though is a permanent resident of Berlin. She says that she aims to tell stories connected to the sea, investigates the relationship between humans and nature, and is currently preoccupied with how ecological devastation is changing these places. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, INGNANT and Der Spiegel, and she has also worked for Greenpeace.
Text: Nicholas Burman
Photography: Marzena Skubatz
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