Johannes Frank nikon camera in Sicily

I´m a self-taught photographer who seeks the artist I hope to be, within me. I was born and raised in a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland and I believe that the mountains and the harsh landscape and weather which I grew up with has had a big influence on my work. My knowledge comes from reading books, shooting photographs and learning from my mistakes, and the joy comes from making an image I am happy with. My biggest passion in photography has to be landscape, and Icelandic horses, though I mix it with other things. I find that black and white gives me the most pleasure and I feel really good when I have shot an image I know will be great in black and white, so my second passion would probably be black and white photography.

Why do I shoot in black and white, or why I even take photographs?

There is no real answer to this, other than it makes me feel really good when I see the work on the screen. Black and white gives me the freedom I need in many photos to express the landscape without color interrupting and it is giving me more graphical viewpoints in a way that color can’t.

My intention when I am searching for a new photo, can sometimes be an image I have in my head, like if I want to express an isolated place or abandonment, then I head out for that type of place. Most of the time I go out driving looking for images and hope to find some places worth exploring further, holding on to the hope of finding the one image I am aiming for in my mind.

I’m often looking for a soothing effect in my images and simplicity but I also want to express as much drama as I can just to show the power that nature has, and to maximize how small humans and their things can be against Nature.

By using this special technique I can slow down certain elements to give the viewer a feel that time has stopped and give him a change to explore nature in a different way

I currently live in Hafnarfjördur Iceland with my wife Mayya Pigida


Jóhannes Frank

“I was born in 1963 at Thingeyri in the West Fjords, Iceland. I am a self-taught photographer. I spend a lot of my time photographing providing my job – I work as a graphic designer and sales manager in a sign company, allows me to do it. I am currently living at Hafnarfjordur near Reykjavik in Iceland.

Photographing allows me to connect to nature and recharge my inner battery. I grew up in the West Fjords, a very harsh area that probably has had some influence in my photographs.

I look for areas and images where I can express the power of nature. But I also look for the mild conditions that sometimes nature can offer. In that sometimes use long exposure shooting to get smoothness and to slow things down.

I find inspiration in the work of Ansel Adams, Brassai, Michael Levin, Michael Kenna, and the Icelandic photographer RAX (Ragnar Axelsson). Each of one brings me something different: Ansel Adams for his understanding of landscapes, Brassai for his dark and moody images of Paris and people. Michael Kenna uses the square format better than I have seen from other photographers. Michael Levin has a fantastic technical skill for shooting long exposure images. And closer from me, RAX gives me the inspiration to photography the northern life.”

Johannes Frank has won several international awards for his work in both professional and non professional categories. In 2010, he published his first book ‘Moments from Iceland’ that has been awarded by PX3. His second book ‘Hross’ dedicated to the Icelandic horses was published in 2014 and was silver awarded again by PX3. His work has also been published in galleries from Italy, Belgium and Iceland and in several magazines