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FROZEN MYTHS is the result of a decade of explorations, repeated visits and endless hours waiting for that perfect moment.
Iceland is a truly special place for me. The island’s stark, volcanic landscapes made of black rocks and black sands, created by fire and shaped by the elements, are a never-ending source of inspiration and a place where I feel I can express a full range of moods and emotions.
FROZEN MYTHS features three different iconic Icelandic locations portrayed under very unique conditions. Each image explores a different concept, but at the same time they tell a single, coherent story through three images connected by a common thread.
All images are single shot: no digital wizardries, just pure photographic craftsmanship. Now open to offer, exclusively on MakersPlace.
FROZEN MYTHS | THE COLLECTION
THE ANGER OF THE GODS
As it often happens in Icelandic mythology, Reynisdrangar’s iconic sea stacks are believed to be trolls, in this case petrified by the Gods for not having been able to complete a mission given to them. Over the years, I longed to photograph the trolls under a stormy and menacing sky, expressing the anger of the Gods.
It took me many trips to Iceland, always in winter, to find the conditions I wanted for this shot. When it finally happened, in February 2020, it really felt like the anger of the Gods was striking down on the petrified trolls, right in front of my eyes.
Iceland’s landscapes have a special, magical quality under the snow and ice, like a frozen wonderland. The iconic falls of Kirkjufellsfoss, with mount Kirkjufell behind them, always felt to me like a land of fairies, and I long envisioned photographing the waterfall and river when frozen under a contrasting, warm sunset sky.
Over the course of three years, I came back many times to Iceland and to Kirkjufellsfoss before I could find the scene as I wanted it. When that happened, in February 2020, a frozen wonderland truly unraveled in front of my eyes.
The iconic Diamond Beach at Jokulsarlon is a truly inspiring location, an ever-changing one and one I visited dozens of times over the years and haven’t tired of yet. The incredible, evoking shapes of the ice blocks, their different colors and textures, paired with the truly inspiring Icelandic weather and light, inspired me to go for shades of blue.
After many attempts, on an overcast day in March 2019, when the color of the sky melted with that of the ice, a blue symphony of ice, water and sky was born in front of my eyes.
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