32 year old Islandic film maker Heidrik, portrays his 85 year old grandmother Maria in his documentary film 'Waves'. Its a beautiful film about her relationship with the ocean.

Words and images by Heiðrik á Heygum.

"My fascination of my grandmother’s relationship to the ocean was what made me want to make this film. It was like a love relationship."

Heiðrik á Heygum.

Heiðrik á Heygum.

Personally, I don't find this project is about age. It's about nature, our relationship with nature and how it can be almost therapeutic to the human. Making this film has reminded me how important it is to respect your body, because you are going to be living in it, your whole life. In this case, nature kept my grandmother healthier in her old age. Doing something physical is going to keep you healthy physically and mentally, especially in and older age.

Heiðrik á Heygum

Meanwhile, age is something we choose to focus on, I think. If we choose to keep healthy and use our bodies, we are going to look and feel younger. My fascination with my grandmother’s relationship to the ocean was what made me want to make this film. It was like a love relationship. She missed it when she was away from it for too long. She needed to go swim. For her it’s a silent and passive place. It made me very interested in this beautiful relationship between (wo)man and nature. I think it’s something we have forgotten to connect with in modern times. We read magazines with tips on how to feel better and we take pills in the hopes that they will heal us. We never think about the natural healing that is right outside our door.

This is what I wanted to show in this project. I think it’s a beautiful reminder. See more of Heiðrik's work here: www.vimeo.com/heidrik

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