open, honest, a bit eccentric, fit, smart, witty. Took up photography as an art medium in May 2005. Graduated in May 2009 with a BA degree in visual arts from Icelands Academy of the Arts.

 

I have a constant need to illustrate how i see the world. My camera is my paintbrush and canvas. To hear that my work brings joy to others makes me feel quite blessed. What more can an artist hope for?

All photos here taken by me and processed by me unless otherwise noted.

 

I'm Icelandic but spent most of my childhood in Gainesville, Florida.

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I want to stress the fact that since i get a huge amount of flickr mail, i can't get over answering all of it, (and i don't have time to click thru to see who adds me as a contact and add them back), but despite that i greatly appreciate hearing from people and i do read every mail, wether or not i reply. Same with comments, i read everthing anyone writes under my photos, and thoroughly enjoy the feedback:)

 

my personal website is here: www.rebekkagudleifs.com

i also have a blog,

 

prints available here

 

You can follow me on facebook as well

   

equipment i use:

 

canon eos 5D

canon eos 350D

 

lenses:

17-40mm EF

18-55mm EFS

10-22mm EFS

100mm f/2 EF

50mm f/1.4

 

canon speedlite 580EX (times two)

ST-E2 speedlite transmitter

  

facebook

youtube

  

My advice.. Live life while your alive and do what you mean to do while you're able to do it.

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  • JoinedMay 2005
  • Occupationphotographer, artist, creator of fine Icelandic knitwear, mother of two.
  • HometownHafnarfjörður
  • CountryIceland
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Rebekka Rebekka REbekka...your work is absolutely stunning! A true inspiration and representation of a beautiful world...in my opinion good art does exactly that....as a passionate equine photographer myself, I must say your images, particularly of the horse are pure magic..they capture a very special spirit in that n… Read more

Rebekka Rebekka REbekka...your work is absolutely stunning! A true inspiration and representation of a beautiful world...in my opinion good art does exactly that....as a passionate equine photographer myself, I must say your images, particularly of the horse are pure magic..they capture a very special spirit in that northern, mystical beast.....look forward to seeing more...much love and respect.

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March 25, 2010
`Carlina says:

When I saw Rebekka's page for the first time, I literally fell in love with her style. Her creative self portraits show me that taking photos of one's self isn't just about holding the camera with one hand and hitting the button, on the contrary it's indeed art and requires more creativity and work than any other varia… Read more

When I saw Rebekka's page for the first time, I literally fell in love with her style. Her creative self portraits show me that taking photos of one's self isn't just about holding the camera with one hand and hitting the button, on the contrary it's indeed art and requires more creativity and work than any other variations of photography. As I've seen more photographs by her, it soon became clear to me that this woman was indeed born to be an artist. Even her pencil drawings and her 'prjónadót' are magnificent..Her stream of images gets you curious of what's about to come next. Seeing those images is like going on a distance journey to a secret land of mystical creatures. I do hope this beautiful Icelandic woman with incredible fine art and photography skills will continue to inspire many people in the years to come. Thank you for being generous enough to let us be a part of your splendid journey.

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June 28, 2009

I can't find the words. Rebekka is that good.

June 9, 2009

Simply put...Rebekka is in a league of her own when it comes to photography...you really can not compare her photography to anyone else's...hers are unique, imaginative, brilliant, surprising, inspirational, and more! And Rebekka's artistry is multifaceted...when Rebekka photographs her " prjónadót" or "knitting … Read more

Simply put...Rebekka is in a league of her own when it comes to photography...you really can not compare her photography to anyone else's...hers are unique, imaginative, brilliant, surprising, inspirational, and more! And Rebekka's artistry is multifaceted...when Rebekka photographs her " prjónadót" or "knitting stuff", it soon becomes obvious that her work is some of the most beautiful in the world! Her sweaters are so desirable, that even those living in warmer climates would no doubt covet one. If this wasn't enough, this beautiful mother of two is most photogenic, and without being self-promoting. She is not easily overpowered by whatever else is in her self-portraits...whether it be one of her beautiful sweaters or the awesome landscapes of her homeland. Her playful side is often evident in her photography...especially in her multiplicity set. And I just love the self-portrait she has drawn titled "grrr". Oh, I could go on and on...but I am sure it has all been said before...but, I have a feeling that the best is yet to come! Thank you Rebekka for sharing your art with the rest of the world...it is always a joy to see what you are doing :-)

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May 10, 2009

Oh my god! I have not yet written a testimonial for Rebekka who is one of my earliest inspirations on flickr, since I first joined the site three years ago. I was enchanted by the clone series she was building at the time, and she was one of the people whose self-portraiture made me see, for the first time ever, that t… Read more

Oh my god! I have not yet written a testimonial for Rebekka who is one of my earliest inspirations on flickr, since I first joined the site three years ago. I was enchanted by the clone series she was building at the time, and she was one of the people whose self-portraiture made me see, for the first time ever, that taking pictures of oneself was quite a respectable thing to do. Rebekka is indeed a remarkable self-portraitist, but as I was to discover in the ensuing months and years, she is also very well-rounded, not only in pursuing other arts besides photography but also many other subjects within it - from her children, to her friends, to her current series on dolls. Rebekka's images of Icelandic horses, for me, are some of her biggest masterpieces. She has managed to capture such character and mood through her angles and timing that honestly astounds me. What has always struck me as an accompaniment to Rebekka's technical and artistic skill in her self-taught photography is her confidence and outspoken nature. I always have had the impression that Rebekka is both incredibly hardworking and incredibly nonchalant, to be able to put her often conceptually-complex work out there and let it do different things for everyone. Rebekka has inspired me not only with her actual work, but her attitude. Her achievements outside of Flickr are proof that it is not Flickr that makes someone a star, it's their creativity, and persistance to be push the envelope time and time again, eventually to carve out one's own unmistakeable brand and niche.

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April 18, 2009
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rebekka's photostream is one of the first i've met here on flickr, and obviously one of the best. her photographs are unique, and they talk about the beautiful icelandic landscapes, people and animals. every new picture is a new trip, a new concept, a new fantastic vision. she is a master of long exposures and a rea… Read more

rebekka's photostream is one of the first i've met here on flickr, and obviously one of the best. her photographs are unique, and they talk about the beautiful icelandic landscapes, people and animals. every new picture is a new trip, a new concept, a new fantastic vision. she is a master of long exposures and a really creative artist.

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September 29, 2008

The art of photography requires two fundamental skills: a. Choosing a subject (imagination). b. Balance (technical skills). Rebekka has gradually become a master of both. While her main subjects are nature and portraits her most amazing work is when she does both at once. Rebekka Gudleifsdottir is one of two Icelandic … Read more

The art of photography requires two fundamental skills: a. Choosing a subject (imagination). b. Balance (technical skills). Rebekka has gradually become a master of both. While her main subjects are nature and portraits her most amazing work is when she does both at once. Rebekka Gudleifsdottir is one of two Icelandic photographers that I have great respect for in that field, the other one being Ragnar Axelsson. Nevertheless Rebekka has her own unique style where she is both the photographer and the main subject. Her courage I admire. She often plays difficult parts in her theater – dramatically and physically. Having been to one of her exhibitions I know how important it is to view her work in true size so if you ever get the chance don´t pass it by. Whenever I need inspiration or I´m in doubt about processing balance I come here. Her being a self-taught brilliant photographer encouraged me to take my first steps.

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June 28, 2008

What can I say about her .... She is a wonderful photographer and a great person. One of few people that I would love to give some space on my wall to !

May 19, 2008

Rebekka is a creative photographer with a great artistic vision. I love watching her photostream. Rebekka, your photographs touch the deepest of my heart, your "ride the breeze" blows my mind, and "An exercise in futility" makes me a better person. You are a good fairy and I am grateful for that!

February 5, 2008

WOW! I could spend hours looking at rebekka's incredible photos ,amazing photographer and model!! is one of the most creative photographer that i have seen ..she's always give me beautiful images full of ART... She's got a perfect sense of the moment and she is a huge inspiration to me with her beauty and her style… Read more

WOW! I could spend hours looking at rebekka's incredible photos ,amazing photographer and model!! is one of the most creative photographer that i have seen ..she's always give me beautiful images full of ART... She's got a perfect sense of the moment and she is a huge inspiration to me with her beauty and her style.. She is a complete chameleon.. She°s perfect & so Beautiful... TINA

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October 10, 2007

I am compelled to express my awe of Rebekka's talent. I have been on flickr in one account or another for over 2 years and have seen many thousands of people's photos. I have been doing my own photography for over 45 years (as a hobby). Not only do I feel that I will never achieve the high level of art that seems to… Read more

I am compelled to express my awe of Rebekka's talent. I have been on flickr in one account or another for over 2 years and have seen many thousands of people's photos. I have been doing my own photography for over 45 years (as a hobby). Not only do I feel that I will never achieve the high level of art that seems to come so naturally to her, but I believe she is one of the best photographers on flickr, and certainly in the top 20 of all photographers currently alive that I am familiar with. Don't ever stop taking photos - it would be a loss to the world.

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August 24, 2007
Sturdy Crate (deleted)

Inspiration: An agency, such as a person or work of art, that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention. You inspire me. Thank you.

August 10, 2007

What is there to say about Rebekka that hasn't already been said? She's the biggest star on Flickr and deservedly so. Her work is always original, well thought out, clever, technically and artistically perfect and beautiful. I can't count the times I have been talking to someone about Flickr and the amazing phot… Read more

What is there to say about Rebekka that hasn't already been said? She's the biggest star on Flickr and deservedly so. Her work is always original, well thought out, clever, technically and artistically perfect and beautiful. I can't count the times I have been talking to someone about Flickr and the amazing photographers that are here....and have then sent a link to Rebekka's work for them ooooh and aaaahh over. Rebekka, you are an inspiration to me and just about everyone who is lucky enough to come across your photos. You're career as a photographer is already much larger than Flickr and I believe you are destined to be a major star in the world of photography. :-)

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August 5, 2007

Rebekka is absolutely Giant

July 9, 2007

I love the art of this woman. its photos are pure emotions , every time that I see one its image I take a life piece . who gives dreams goes always held in the heart.....

May 15, 2007

The first time I saw an image appear on a piece of paper inside a tray in the darkroom, I knew I was meant to be a photographer, it was the first time in my life I felt magic was real and close. This might not make any sense in this digital world, but when I look at Rebekka's images I feel that same way, a magic rush t… Read more

The first time I saw an image appear on a piece of paper inside a tray in the darkroom, I knew I was meant to be a photographer, it was the first time in my life I felt magic was real and close. This might not make any sense in this digital world, but when I look at Rebekka's images I feel that same way, a magic rush through my eyes, not only I want to look some more, but it also makes me get up my seat, take my camera and look through the lens one more time. Your work has been an inspiration to me, and I'm sure to many others. Thank you so much. Maria.

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April 22, 2007

Rebekka has a knack for knowing what to do in order to keep something from being trite or cliché. Even when other photogs have gone for the same shot she manages to make it feel fresh and new. That might be her strongest selling point - the ability to avoid repeating what others have done with such a popular medium. W… Read more

Rebekka has a knack for knowing what to do in order to keep something from being trite or cliché. Even when other photogs have gone for the same shot she manages to make it feel fresh and new. That might be her strongest selling point - the ability to avoid repeating what others have done with such a popular medium. Well, that and the ability to appear in much of her own work without ever resorting to the sort of trite 'myspace self-portrait' image we've all seen 3 million times.

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March 29, 2007
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Every time I visit Rebekka's photos, my jaw always drops and I find myself saying "How the heck did she do that?" There are a lot of great photographers on here, but only a few brightly burning stars. Rebba is one of them. Her amazing works keep me striving for that elusive perfection that graces each and every one of … Read more

Every time I visit Rebekka's photos, my jaw always drops and I find myself saying "How the heck did she do that?" There are a lot of great photographers on here, but only a few brightly burning stars. Rebba is one of them. Her amazing works keep me striving for that elusive perfection that graces each and every one of her photos.

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March 29, 2007

Rebekka spent a lot of time in Florida. This should be obvious because her photos reflect the rugged and diverse landscape of Iceland, which is a polar opposite to the flatlands and marshlands of Florida. Her photos of the Icelandic tundra and countryside have a unique touch and are vivid in detail. Her self photos … Read more

Rebekka spent a lot of time in Florida. This should be obvious because her photos reflect the rugged and diverse landscape of Iceland, which is a polar opposite to the flatlands and marshlands of Florida. Her photos of the Icelandic tundra and countryside have a unique touch and are vivid in detail. Her self photos are very well done (evidence by her paid work) and her people shots show personality and emotion. You know every shot she puts up will get several comments, and that's because you know it'll be very well done.

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March 13, 2007
ULI RAHMS says:

you got style!!! totally great shots! love it! ROCK ON

February 7, 2007
.. . says:

A true inspiration. Rebekka keeps you guessing what's next to come. Real talent and lovely shots are what make you come back. Rebekka, I hope all the best for you and your family :)

January 11, 2007

hmmm... do you know that feeling when you have so many things to say but can't really choose one to start with.. this is exactly how i feel right now.. i mean, what could be left to say about rebekka's amazing work.. pure awe!

January 6, 2007

there are a few people that I would consider gifted. rebekka is one of them. flickring through her pictures from the begning till the end, and watching her talent grow by the flick, I could not be more inspired. somtimes her work is too good that i have to go back and forth to a single image many times before i feel t… Read more

there are a few people that I would consider gifted. rebekka is one of them. flickring through her pictures from the begning till the end, and watching her talent grow by the flick, I could not be more inspired. somtimes her work is too good that i have to go back and forth to a single image many times before i feel that i had a grasp. she is truely gifted, original, and a personal insperation..

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December 21, 2006

So creative rebekka i love your touch in the pics

November 18, 2006

I have many Flickr favorites, some pro, some semi pro, some amateur, however i keep coming back to Rebekka's photo's. There must be something about the Icelandic light that the rest of the world doesn't have. Rebekka's shots have a surreal glossyness yet are real life through and through. She certainly has the photogra… Read more

I have many Flickr favorites, some pro, some semi pro, some amateur, however i keep coming back to Rebekka's photo's. There must be something about the Icelandic light that the rest of the world doesn't have. Rebekka's shots have a surreal glossyness yet are real life through and through. She certainly has the photographers eye and has a grip of contrast, colour and a fantastic inspiration. As for inspiration I only have to come to Rebekka's page to feel excited about photography again. May you take photo's for a long time.

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November 12, 2006

rebekka's work is amazing. her creativity insprises me everytime i look through her photostream...from her self portraits, the icelandic horses, to her wonderful boys. the world through your eyes is a beautiful place.

September 12, 2006

Rebekka you're my photographic-hero. You inspire me to want to learn more about photography and express myself better than I can imagine. You speak the language of photographers in such a way that is unique, entertaining and sometimes even amusing. As an artist myself, I learn a lot from you. Your images are alway… Read more

Rebekka you're my photographic-hero. You inspire me to want to learn more about photography and express myself better than I can imagine. You speak the language of photographers in such a way that is unique, entertaining and sometimes even amusing. As an artist myself, I learn a lot from you. Your images are always fascinating and leave me wanting to come back for more. I admire everything you do including using the tool of your gift to help those in need. I am a big fan and always will be. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us, and I wish you continued success in all of your endeavors. It's well-deserved!

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September 11, 2006

rebekka was one of the first people I came across on flickr & has to be one of the most talented and creative self portrait photographers I've come across in a long time.

August 17, 2006
Lú_ says:

Everyone's said it already, but Rebekka deserves the status she's achieved on Flickr. Her self-portraits, her landscapes, her shots of her kids -- all are extraordinary, in concept and in execution.

July 23, 2006
willster says:

Where Rebekka leads others follow. I find her work genuinely inspirational and after seeing so many of her pictures it has fired up my imagination. Looking through her photos has also introduced me to Iceland, somewhere I'd love to visit. Rebekka is to photography what Bjork is to music, every picture is a work of … Read more

Where Rebekka leads others follow. I find her work genuinely inspirational and after seeing so many of her pictures it has fired up my imagination. Looking through her photos has also introduced me to Iceland, somewhere I'd love to visit. Rebekka is to photography what Bjork is to music, every picture is a work of art. When she finds time for sleep I don't know, maybe she doesn't?

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July 21, 2006

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