Photographing Issue 6
The plane arrived in Iceland on a sunny Sunday. We had been back to work only for a few days after taking a well-deserved 3-week-long summer holiday. Getting straight back into the intensity of creating a new issue felt good – we were ready for it. The remote, northern Iceland had been on our list of places to visit and to shoot Laine in from the very day our publication was born. The rugged landscapes, the ever blowing winds and the intense colours offered the perfect scenery. Thus, it was an easy choice when deciding the photo shoot destination for the autumn/winter 2018 issue. Our dear friend Tiia, whom many of you may recognize from our first two issues with her long, curly hair, joined us on this trip. Travelling with a friend as a model makes things more fun, so whenever possible, we like to have someone we know infront of the camera. That's why we were so incredibly happy when Tiia agreed to be the face for our new issue.
Hélène Magnusson, also known as the Icelandic Knitter, was so generous and offered us to stay at her studio. It turned out to be not only a fantastic home base for our daily trips but also a place of great inspiration with numerous little details, Hélène's own yarn on the shelves and one of the best collections of knitting related books we have ever stumbled into (Jonna may have stayed up until 4am one night reading her way through a stack of hardcovers). In our next issue, you will get a glimpse of Hélène's workspace and can read about how she as a lawyer in Paris ended up in Iceland where she has lived for over 20 years now – building a family and a career in the knitting and yarn industry.
We had a total of four full days to shoot all our 12 garments (5 sweaters, 3 cardigans, 2 shawls, 1 scarf and 1 pair of socks), make a travel guide on Reykjavík and to interview Hélène. This meant that our schedule was going to be busy but manageable. Jonna had been in Iceland a couple of years before for another photo shoot which came handy when scouting for locations. Having a rental car for the whole period of our stay was essential and gave us the possibility to hop into the car in the morning, drive around and stop whenever we felt like it. We spent the first two days photographing the designs – both outside and in Hélène's atelier. Sunny weather, which not only created too harsh a light but also an unwanted summery mood, turned out to be an unexpected challenge. Patience, as so often in photography, was necessary when waiting for clouds to appear on the horizon. Luckily, they did and we were able to capture the images we longed for. Moody, bold, windswept. Oh boy, we truly can't wait to show you the beauty of it all at the end of this month.
Our issue 6, autumn/winter 2018, will be out on the 28th of September. Be sure to secure your copy – it looks like this issue will be immensely popular and sells out fast. For stockists, please visit lainemagazine.com/stockists.