Iceland: Rugged and Gritty
A Rugged Climate
Iceland is a rugged, tough island, surprisingly accessible to tourists.
The landscape is other worldly because of past volcanic activity. When I was there, it rained a lot.
Especially when days are short in the winter months, it can be a tough place to live; darkness compounds the rugged landscape.
To capture that ruggedness, I brought a 2004 Nikon camera converted to full-spectrum on a trip recently. The camera doesn’t create “beautiful” photos. Instead, they’re raw and gritty.
This idea came to me while perusing through the many “perfect” photos of Iceland online.
It’s a photographer’s mecca, and rightly so — the landscapes are breathtaking. But at the same time, it’s also incredibly harsh. All of those images don’t capture that, because the images are so well produced.