Photographing Iceland

Photographing Iceland

Open view: Monday, 19 Feb, 6:30pm

 

About 10 years ago I took up landscape photography as a hobby. I am particularly drawn to wild unpopulated places which led me to Iceland and this exhibition.

The photographs displayed in the exhibition were taken during two photographic trips to Iceland. I was keen to photograph areas that were not on the regular tourist routes and, to this end, researched Icelandic based photo tours that could offer the experiences that I wanted. LookNorth, Iceland Photo Tours fulfilled all my requirements.

In September 2016 my first trip lasted six days. Haukur Snorrason picked me up in Reykjavík and we spent the first few days deep into the Southern Highlands where the landscape varied from barren grey/black sand dunes, with the odd clump of grass to craters covered with yellow and green moss, and lichen. This region made the most impression on me because of its unusual landscape, unlike any that I had photographed before. An early morning visit to an area of thermal activity produced a number of atmospheric pictures. As we moved south east the bleak dark landscape gave way to the grassy volcanic craters of Landmannalaugar National Park with grazing sheep and mountains in shades of green and orange. In the south we saw the sun rise over the moss-covered lava fields and visited the Vatnajokull National Park and Glacier Lagoon. On our final day we travelled along the south west coast and veered north to Keflavik taking in the thermal springs in Kiefar.

I decided to return to Iceland in July 2017 and arranged for Haukur to take me on a nine-day trip. We travelled up the western fjords to the Vatnsnes peninsula with the Hvitserkur sea stack and along the coastline to Lake Myvatn, with a dawn visit to the thermal area of Hverarond. Travelling south on the remote Sprengisandur highland route, over 250 miles of barren uninhabited landscape, I was amazed at the number of wild flowers growing in a region that had been deep in snow three months earlier.
For three days we filmed the beautiful remote landscapes of Krakatindar, Langisjor, Fjallabak and Markarfljot with canyons and waterfalls aplenty and these days produced many of my pictures.

I was fortunate in having Haukur as a guide as he is a well-known aerial landscape photographer in Iceland and is very familiar with the most remote and beautiful areas of the island.

Bridie Weston