Established 2004 ~ All photos and text by Maria Alva Roff unless otherwise noted.

Kolaportid

Kolaportið is Reykjavík's answer to flea market culture. Located down by the harbor (actually just across the street from where the tall ship was berthed and just a few steps from Bæjarinns Bezta), this indoor marketplace is a good place to stroll through on weekends when you've got nothing else to do. Just like flea markets all across the globe, Kolaportið offers everything from treasures to trash. Fifteen years ago when flea market culture was new here, my sister Addy sold really cool goods from Africa at Kolaportið (in its old location). Her and her business partner did so well that they eventually opened up a store on Laugavegur, the main shopping street. During that time you could find absolutely fantastic antiques at Kolaportið, things that had been hauled out of attics where they'd been gathering dust for decades. Now the pickings are much slimmer, and classic Icelandic treasures have unfortunately been for the most part replaced by total junk imported from places far far away.

2 comments:

t. darkly said...

Hi, I'm Tonya from Amarillo, TX and I was wondering what kind of camera you use. It takes excellent pictures! I love them all!

Thanks.

Maria Alva said...

Helloooo Tonya! Another friend in Texas...that's very cool.

I use an Olympus [mju:] 300 digital, 3.2 megapixels. I bought it because it's shiny and metal-bodied and has a slide-shut lens cover, which is good for a person like me who abuses her expensive toys. It's also "all-weather" and so handles drizzly days and wet nights well.

I had the same style Olympus in 35mm with the same lens, and was always very happy with the clarity of the photos I took. These are very basic, hard-wearing cameras with good, simple lenses. I'm actually kind of smitten with the mini-mju by Olympus because it comes in pretty colors, but I think I'll stick to what I've got for now!

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