Atli Thor from Iceland uses his camera to transform the everyday into something magical. It really doesn’t matter whether he photographs models, horses, power plants, or luxury watches. Thor stages visual worlds that have their own laws and their own creative vocabulary. His surreal, fairytale motifs are often inspired by the sparse beauty of Icelandic landscapes. The result are photographs that never fail to fascinate the beholder in a magical way.
Atli Thor was born in 1975 in Reykjavík. He calls himself a hard worker who won’t stop until he’s really figured things out. The otherworldly expanses of Icelandic nature always motivate him to discover something new in a motif that has never been shown before. Atli Thor, who lives in Copenhagen, discovered his great passion photography in his late twenties, so he enrolled at The Danish School of Photography. This is how he sums up his approach to the medium:
“I’m fascinated by people, the differences between them and the similarities that make them the same, but different. Finding and discovering contrast , in all facets of life , gives me inspiration and pleasure. It is in everything we do. The differences between so many things is important to recognize, what we call ‘bad’ is just as important as the thing we call ‘good’. Without contrast we are unable to create opinions. We wouldn’t know the difference between light and dark, up’s and downs or love and hate.
We wouldn’t be able to appreciate life without appreciating death, we wouldn’t be able to define happiness without sadness. Contrast is essential to develop and to widen our understanding of all things around us.”