ROSES   GREW  ON   SNOW

My parents in law, Gústaf and Ásta, settled in the Icelandic village of Laugarás in 1967 to continue on the tradition of their parents in growing flowers in greenhouses. Skúli Magnússon and Guðný Pálsdóttir, Ásta's parents, were the first ones to move and build greenhouses in the area where four generations of Sælands lived till now. For 53 years Gústaf and Ásta persisted with the family business but this is not attainable any more due to their old age. They will have to give up their property and move out of the area, ending a family thread that lasted for almost a century.

Although I am not documenting my own roots, the history of Laugarás is reminiscent of what happened to rural Greece and to my own parents that moved from the greek countryside to Athens back in the 60s. Through these photos I am trying subconsciously to reconstruct a piece of my own missing history and to preserve the history of Laugarás in images. And in the process, I was offered  the opportunity to understand and connect better to my husband's heritage.

Through photographing the last steps of the Sælands in Laugarás, I want to create a small arc of Icelandic tradition by using new and archival photography. An arc that speaks of endurance, and the bond and relationship between man and the land he inhabits.

© VASSILIS TRIANTIS