Out of the Blue

Nothing Gold Can Stay


The Múlafossur Waterfall in the Faroe Islands. The sky is pink and orange, with the glow of dusk illuminating parts of the cliff's edge. On the right, a few houses sit atop a green field of grass, and then at the bottom half edge of the cliff, a silky waterfall.
Photo by Sylvia Busteed Magleby

“There were puffins flying off the edge of the cliff,” says photography major Sylvia Busteed Magleby (BFA ’20), who worked feverishly to capture Múlafossur Waterfall and the Faroe Islands village of Gásadalur behind it, bathed in fading golden-hour sunlight. She carefully balanced her camera on the wooden stem of a fence to take the snap, bracing against the chilly seaside winds.

The photo won best in show in the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies’ annual photo contest, a showcase of scenes from BYU study-abroad programs around the world. Magleby’s was a three-week summer field study in Scotland and the Faroe Islands, traveling and creating with other students alongside their BYU art-education and photography professors. Their collective works were displayed in the Harris Fine Arts Center last December.

“This image captures the magic of the Faroe Islands,” says Magleby. “I did not know such a beautiful place existed.”

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