Nordic Mood is a journey around Iceland. Fridgeir Helgason's photographs of his
native country will introduce us to a new and undiscovered world in a refreshing
conceptual and documentary style.
Opening reception for Nordic Mood will be an evening with art, music and a taste of
Iceland, featuring a special screening of Heima, a film by Sigur Rós.
Born a fisherman's son on an island off the coast of Iceland, Friðgeir Helgason's life
has been anything but ordinary. At the age of six his family home was destroyed in a
volcanic eruption. As a high school student he excelled in a national quiz show. The
prize was a short trip to Europe presented by the Icelandic Prime Minister. Airplane
ticket in hand, Friðgeir took a few days off from school, left and never came back.
In the years that followed Friðgeir traveled the world before settling in New Orleans where he worked as a Chef for some of the best restaurants. In 2004 his personal life collapsed and he found himself living in a cardboard box on LA's Skid Row. After checking himself into the Midnight Mission Friðgeir got his life back on track and studied cinematography at Los Angeles City College which lead him to his truecalling; photography. Fridgeir has since worked for legendary photographers like Bruce Davidson and Todd Hido.