Bego Antón holds a Diploma in the Study of Elfs and Hidden People, certified by the Icelandic Elfschool.
She says, “If there is a place to believe in magic, then Iceland must be that place.” And with this publication she invites you to search high and low for the hidden huldufólk along with her! If you’re lucky you might feel a little tug at your sock, to confirm there’s a feisty elf present right next to you.
Bego has travelled the breadth of Iceland from north to south and from east to west, searching for places where magical beings live. She sought out people who have a special ability to see them, asking around in every gas station, library, grocery store or hotel for anyone who could communicate with the Beings of the Earth. She could not be deterred by the wild forces of an unforgiving Icelandic winter, or the fact that she was a Spanish-speaking stranger trekking across remote parts of the country. Her curiosity and imagination would propel her journey and keep her safe.
The people Bego visited shared their deeply personal experiences with the magical Beings of the Earth, and she reveals all in this fascinating book. Bego says, “I’m not a dreamer, but I do believe that every reality deserves to be examined and that there can be an intermediate world between reality and imagination.”
Edited by Bego Antón & Nicolas Polli
Book design by Nicolas Polli
Reviews + Press
“The book is full of beautiful details… friezes of manuscripts, dragons, an unfolding ancient map and marvelous typographical signs that we suppose are secret messages of the creatures that populate these lands. Everything is alive, Bego Anton tells us, if we know how to discover it… when closing the book we cannot stop thinking about looking for the elves near us.” – Gabriela Cendoya, Photobook collector (translated from Spanish)
“Even if you are a total skeptic for fairies, unicorns, and water sprites, recognizing the complexity of nature encourages an appreciation for its processes that we often can’t see.” – Allison Meier, Hyperallergic
Feature in The New York Times Lens, “Water Sprites, Fairies and Elves, Oh My”
Feature on Lenscratch, “Cover the Book: Words and Pictures”
Feature in El Pais (Spanish)
Feature in Il Post, “Elfi, spiriti e altre credenze magiche d’Islanda” (Italian)
Review in Hyperallergic, “A Photographic Journey Across Iceland in Search of Magic”
Review by Gabriela Cendoya (Spanish)
Feature in Guillotine (French)
Feature Portfolio in IL 24 Sole, Fairy tales from the island of ice (Italian)
Feature on Clavoardiendo Magazine (Spanish)
Interview with Lensculture
Feature in BJP, “Heading to the Northern Lights in search of true believers of magic” (2015)
Events + Exhibitions in 2018
BOOK SIGNING SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER IN PARIS at Polycopies – the Photobook Fair on a boat!
Bego will be with Overlapse on the main deck of the Concorde Atlantique scheduled at 2pm
BOOK LAUNCH 31 MAY IN BARCELONA from 7-10pm at Montoya, Carrer D´Avila 32, 08005
BOOK PRESENTATION 7 June + Exhibition at MINI Hub in Madrid, 8 June – 31 July
The Earth is Only a Little Dust Under Our Feet is held in the following collections:
AGO Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives (Toronto, CA)
École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (Arles, FR)