Andrew Gallo is a self-taught director, whose work is inventive and intriguing. With a background in short form narrative and documentary, the beauty of his work seems to make time slow and evokes an emotional response from the viewer. His carefully crafted films have been featured on West Elm, MTV, Cool Hunting, Cargo Collective, and Vimeo. As part of the Kinfolk team, he and his wife, Carissa, previously shared behind the scenes images from their short film “An Ode to Summer” here on our journal.
Carissa and I went to Iceland on a whim. It’s been number one on our travel list since we’ve known each other. We were going to Wales for work and when our layover was in Iceland, we decided to extend it for a week or so. We traveled mostly through the south and west. Vík, Jökulsárlón, Hveragerði, and Snæfellsnes Peninsula were some of our favorites (if you can pick)!
What 3 characteristics of Iceland made the biggest impression on you?
Those empty two lane roads through the most majestic changing scenery, the geothermal pools, and the midnight sun.
Your lovely wife, Carissa, is the subject in a number of these photos. Do the two of you share a favorite memory from your time in Iceland?
A hike through a canyon outside of Hveragerði. The destination was a glacial river with geothermal hot pots surrounding it, making a steamy bath in the middle of green canyons. We took our clothes off and slipped in, and suddenly, all our dreams came true.
Our jobs keep us constantly documenting with rather large, bulky cameras. While we love that, we found that at times throughout our trip, we just wanted to be, to take it all in and not put glass between our surroundings and ourselves. Cue the iPhone, an easy way to capture a moment, a memory, and feeling without much effort. And then, VSCO Cam just takes the iPhone to the next level.
What to you makes for good travel imagery to look back on and reminisce?
Something that brings back the sites, smells, feelings, and memories in an instant.