The Young Earth
MJ: The natural landscape of Iceland acts here not as a main character but a stage on which Sullivan is directing his young characters. This said the stage reacts to the scenes and the scenes to the emotions of the narrative which is at times turbulent and others meditative.
The Young Earth is a fictional photo series and accompanying photo-text novella set in Iceland. Shot on 35mm and polaroid, the story follows two Americans in the last days of their twenties, one of them terminally ill, as they explore one of the youngest bodies of land in the world. The men immerse themselves in the idyllic and remote corners of the Icelandic countryside (a place completely foreign to both men), where they are forced to confront their own mortality and a past love triangle that briefly disrupted their friendship.
Through meditations on death, the loss of youth, and the beauty and complications that come with love and friendship, The Young Earth explores how two men attempt to move on and find courage and calm in the face of oncoming tragedy.
The Young Earth is the first volume of Sullivan’s Wandering Days book series
– Jordan Sullivan