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Becky Harlan March 29, 2015

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Iceland.

A family soaks in the hot tub at a pool in Fludir. Reykjavik, Iceland 2012 

Becky Harlan (b.1988, United States) is a documentary photographer, multimedia producer, and photo editor based in Washington, D.C. She has a BA in Art History from Furman University and a Masters in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Her work has appeared in the New York Times, NPR, The Morning News, and on National Geographic’s photography blog, Proof. She has been recognized by Fotoweek DC, and PDN. She currently works as a photo editor for the digital side of National Geographic magazine.

About the Photograph:

“Icelanders love soaking in the geothermally-heated pools and tubs. Every town I visited during my stay had a public space for doing so. The air is brisk, the scenery beautiful, and the geothermal energy is flowing. This photo came out of a workshop I was taking in Reykjavik. I spent my days there wandering around small towns in the south talking to whomever I met and asking them to point me in the direction of someone or something interesting. I came upon this moment at a public pool in the  tiny town of Fludir, after a morning spent visiting a greenhouse and the home of a woman who had a makeshift doll museum in her garage. The pool staff let me in for free since I wasn’t swimming, but I had neglected to take off my sandals, which was against protocol. So after a kind but firm correction I was feeling a bit self conscious as I began looking around at what I might photograph. The bulldozer peeking over the fence instantly brought me back to the moment, and after gesturing to the family in the hot tub for permission to shoot, I stepped back, hunkered down, and went to town, hoping that they would forget my presence. I probably shot 20 frames, but this was my favorite because of the reclined and almost sculptural posture of the boy. He seems so delicate and kind of absorbed in his own world. I like the quirky contrast between him and the industrial work going on behind the fence.”