The last ten days of my Iceland photography trip has been manic, but with added chaos, adrenaline and a few curve balls thrown in… but great! I had written up the last four days of Iceland in full, but then carefully put that laptop (not this one) into storage, from which it could not be retrieved on a Sunday, when I realised what I needed from it! I then flew to Rome very early on Monday and now I am back in Kabul. So, what I am going to do is this: I will do a curtailed write up of the last four days, then I will present some of the images and finally I will work on reviewing the Pentax 645Z (which is outrageously good). When I finally return to the UK, I will dig out my original days 8-11 and post those too.
The laptop-storage gaff was the ‘duhh’ moment! Thankfully, the splash was not me falling off a cliff into the sea (I wore a bright blue coat this time, so at least my body would have been found). Instead, the ‘splash’ was my Zomei filter holder leaping into a waterfall (with Lee big stopper on board) on the penultimate outing on the last full day. Considering that the Zomei filter holder ate the corner of the filter earlier in the trip, I am considering the possibility of bad blood between the cheapie holder and much more expensive filter. As irritating as it was to have £120 vanish with a ping (I had checked that the holder’s teeth it had bitten the ring, but obviously not well enough), at least it was neither the 645Z nor me that drowned.
The backdrop to this is that the trip felt like a huge success. It was hard: really, genuinely, exhaustingly tough. Conditions were not great, but I managed to produce work towards two completely separate portfolios. One will be ready soon (B&W work in a similar, but slightly different vein to what I shot in January 2015); the other is colour and works on a very different footing and will sit alongside work I have not yet shot anywhere in the world, but know that I will. The new colour work is part of a long-term project that will keep me busy for years. It will take years, because it is a very specific thought/vision/feel/approach that I want to apply globally, when I see the right subject matter. Its an idea that is borne of a feeling I have had for as long as I can remember. Its very simple and does not need words (I hope not, at least!).
I will be back soon, along with an interview with a tremendously talented and thought provoking B&W landscape photographer, whose work I first encountered fifteen years ago. I think you’ll like it…
PS. The photo below is the first frame I took in Iceland on this trip. It is not going in the portfolio and knew that when I took it, but there is always a first photo and the moment I take it is important for me. Its that mark in the ground: its a beginning that I savour because I have no idea what I will shoot next, but cannot wait to find out. Its the moment when I really feel ‘I am here and this is the point at which I surrender to something unknown… a process… a state of being that is thrilling and mysterious: it starts now!‘