Former leader of Iceland Geir Haarde

Former prime minister of Iceland, Mr Geir Haarde is facing a special state court, Lansdomur, on charges of negligence. Lansdomur has never before convened in Icelandinc history. In theory, Mr Haarde could be looking at two years in prison for neglecting to control the "viking bankers" of Iceland who nearly bankrupted the country of 300000 inhabitants in 2008. (Kalle Koponen)

Portrait of Geir Haarde was made in Reykjavik

This is a portrait I made earlier this year in Reykjavik, Iceland and which I rather like. The former prime minister of Iceland Geir Haarde gave an in depth interview to the Finnish daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and I was assigned to make the photographs. I had to shoot during interview which took place in a visually extremely dull hotel lobby. He did not want to sit at the place I had scouted but instead in a tight corner for privacy with his back to a window.
It turned out ok in the end. Window light came from his back side. Main light was two Canon Speedlites in a Westcott Apollo 28 ´´softbox. That softbox has saved my behind already many times. The umbrella mechanism is quick to set up and I can fit in three Speedlites for added punch. Good value for money, and good quality light without expensive and bulky battery packs and heads. You can see some of the other images shot with this softbox in my celebrity gallery.

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