Pictures – and Their Sounds, Part 2


Pictures – and Their Sounds, Part 2

Pictures - and their sounds - 02 (2011) from Claus Sterneck on Vimeo.

A picture can be viewed in many ways, aesthetically, analytically or emotionally. But a picture can also transport you to a different place, right to the moment in time that was captured, and allow you to experience it firsthand.

The combination of photographs and audio recordings widens the range of the senses, opening the door to a deeper, all-encompassing level of perception.

Right after or while each image was taken, the background sounds of the scene were recorded along with it.

This video shows tracks 5 to 8. You can find tracks 1 to 4 here.

Photos and text by Claus Sterneck.[email protected]

05. Ingólfsfjördur – Arctic tern

The small Arctic tern flies from the Arctic to the Antarctica and back every year. In Iceland the Arctic tern arrives around June and after two months of breeding starts its long journey back to the South Pole. If you have ever moved too close to an Arctic tern nest, this sound should be familiar to you.

06. Demonstration at the House of Parliament

After the economic crisis hit in the fall of 2008 many demonstrations took place in front of the Icelandic house of parliament, Althingi. This picture and sound was taken at a time when the politicians were talking about how to solve the Icesave debt problem inside the building.

07. Skálafell – Hike, steps in the snow

This mountain (771 meter high), which lies between Reykjavík and the lake Thingvallavatn, is famous for its good skiing conditions. You can hear very well how the hard and icy snow creaks and how the hiking sticks hit the snow.

08. Krýsuvík/Seltún – Hot spring bubbling

A few kilometers south of Reykjavík and close to the lake Kleifarvatn lie the hot springs of Seltún or Krýsuvík. The temperature below the surface is about 200°C. This place is worth a visit, as is the lake Kleifarvatn.

About the artist:

Claus Sterneck (40), originally from Germany, has lived in Iceland for extended periods since 2003. In September 2008 he moved to Reykjavík permanently, where he now lives and works.

The installation “Pictures and Their Sounds” was exhibited in Germany in 2009 and in Iceland in 2010. Because of positive response, it will be exhibited again this summer, in the old herring factory in Djúpavík (

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