When Jim's Away, the Retoucher Will Play

So what is Jim's fascination with Iceland all about?  I don't know if any of us will ever dive deep enough to figure that out, and maybe he doesn't even know! 

I thought I'd do some reading up on the country and get to better know this mysterious land. After being in charge of Jim's catalogue of images for almost 4 years now, I feel like I know it much more than I actually do.  Here are some things I found while digging around in internet land.  Maybe Jim can elaborate more once he returns...

  • Beer remained illegal in Iceland until 1989.
  • Babies in Iceland are routinely left outside to nap.
  • There are no surnames or family names in Iceland – Icelanders use the traditional Nordic naming system, which includes a last name that is comprised from their father’s (or mother’s) first name with the addition of -dóttir (-daughter) or -son. I LOVE THIS ONE!
  • AND THIS ONE EVEN MORE: There aren’t any McDonald’s Restaurants in Iceland (nor in Algeria, Albania, Ghana, Bolivia, Zimbabwe and North Korea). There once were, but they never gained popularity and were shut down in 2009.  There is talk of new development in the future but hopefully that proves to be another failure. 
  • In 2010 Iceland banned strip clubs. Yay for not supporting an industry that shouldn't be a means for survival for people.
  • Interesting: First names not previously used in Iceland must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee.
  • Icelandic babies are left outside to nap in freezing temperatures.
  • Hot dogs are Iceland's most popular food and sold nearly everywhere.




This is a good question. Why?

It's not to spout off about my latest editorial spread, or advertisement on a billboard. Not to brag about what award we might have recently scored...although we're really proud of all these things.

I think the need for this outlet is to sometimes give a little more history or insight to an image or an idea. Maybe even some of the important people we meet and inspire us. Something more in depth than Instagram or Facebook. This space will allow for so much more info.

So with this brief post it's a good feeling to bring back 'Where Is Jim Now?'

What happened to it? Unfortunately the old serving platform that hosted the previous incarnation of the blog ceased to exist, and before I could grab all the content it's all disappeared. Years of post gone in an instant....which I guess is always a risk when it only exists in the 'cloud'.

So check in every so often. I'll be sure to cross post new entries to Instagram & Facebook so you know there is something new to check out.