“Memory’s images, once they are fixed in words, are erased.”
― Italo Calvino
Says Kathy: We are driving to Höfn, in south-east Iceland, on a journey defined by dramatic, ever-changing geography and unpredictable weather. Wind whistles and carves through the landscape, and we turn the steering wheel 11 degrees to the left to keep us traveling straight through the winter storms. Our headlights illuminate the swirling snow that fills the road ahead of us, bright against the black asphalt and dancing in synchronization with the lo-fi howl of the wind. The landscape changes around us, and I watch the grey sky begin to part in our rear-view mirror as sunbeams illuminate the edges of the clouds and we drive further into the storm.
When I return home, I decide to experiment by overlapping of my photographs in a similar way: drawing to attention the dualities of the landscape. These highlight the vastness of the island, while also intriguing the viewer to speculate about what lies further beyond the fame of an image. The project is a strategic attempt to examine the landscape I encountered, as I revisit Iceland through my photographs and the layered emotions linked to those memories. Informed by encounters, personal affection and experiences, this series allows me to make sense of an emotional landscape riddled with stories.
Kathy Anne Lim is a photographer based in London, with roots along the eastern shores of Singapore. Photographing her first commissioned series for Esquire Magazine (sg), she has since expanded from portraiture to pursue social documentary projects based around the themes of technology and displacement. Her work has been exhibited and published in Singapore, London and Italy. Kathy also works as an Assistant Picture Editor at Bookmark Content.