Since elementary school, when I first saw pictures of Iceland in a geography book, and well before my interest in photography, I’ve always dreamed of making a trip to this beautiful country. The timing and finances weren’t perfect, but I decided if they weren't perfect now, they never would be, so I needed to just do it. I finally made the trip this September, and I am so happy I did.
I rented a car and drove around the southern coast of Iceland for 9 days. I found hidden waterfalls, walked on glaciers, took crazy hikes, pet wild Icelandic horses, met amazing people, drank great beer, took a boat through an iceberg filled lagoon, crashed my car -- I could go on and on; it was an intense trip filled with excitement. The scenery changes by the mile and it is so different than any other place I have visited. Every second you are on the road you are simultaneously in awe of what is around you and also in wonder of what you will find at the next location because it will certainly be completely different.
Since this was a dream of mine for so long I went into the trip almost scared that I wouldn't take great pictures. I am not a landscape photographer and I definitely don't feel as comfortable as I do when I can fully control the light and subject. Ultimately, I decided that this trip was going to be for me, rather than about taking good photographs, but if I happened to get some good photos along the way, then that would just be an added bonus. I think having that mindset and not forcing it made the pictures much better than they would have been otherwise. Overall, I had an incredible trip and I can't wait to go back and see more of the island. If you are taking a trip or thinking of taking a trip to Iceland, please don't hesitate to comment or email me, I would love to talk to you about it.
I will be posting a second part to this series with several more pictures from my trip. A few of the photos from above are being shown in a gallery in Los Angeles this Friday and Saturday (Dec. 11-12) with several other talented artists that I have done shows with in the past. I am very excited to show some of this new work and share it with my friends and family. The event goes from 6pm-11pm both nights and the address is
1226 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017