Friday, November 03, 2017

It’s taken a while to digest this trip. It was such a whirlwind, we were always moving and we saw crazy beautiful places at an alarming rate. I can’t count how many waterfalls we saw or rocky cliffs we walked. It definitely doesn’t help that everything has very complicated Icelandic names.

Weeks later, it almost feels like it didn’t happen. Did we really hang our feet of the edge of this cliff to take a picture with Háifoss? Did we drive 5 hours in one day through a rain storm and flooded roads? Did we really soak in hot springs for hours on end while rain sprinkled lightly and lifted steam around us? This trip could’ve very well have been a magical dream.

Ultimately my best memories of the trip come from the photos I took. Every time I look at them I remember the feeling of that moment and what we did next. As a person who documents incessantly, and has terrible memory to boot, I rely on these images to archive my experiences.

This trip I took my Nikon as well as both my film cameras. As I’ve mentioned before, carrying digital and film cameras on a trip is like having two lenses or views on your trip. What is worth capturing digitally? What will shine on film? The latter is more formal and instantaneous while the former can be casual and sensorial.

All the images in this post were shot digitally. My film photography from Iceland will be released as a second installment of my On Film series. I’ve been really excited to put this together and can’t wait to have it ready for you guys. I love to share these bits of my experiences with you all and the conversations we share when I table events like SPF, where I am going to drop the zine. Ultimately, I hope Iceland on Film inspires you to visit Iceland and make your own memories.

I wish I could give a bit of useful advice in this post about traveling to Iceland… but basically all I can say is take as much time as possible and be flexible and patient. I can guarantee that waterfall or spring is worth the 2-hour drive out of the way. If you see an unmarked road (with no hazard signs) check it out. Just grab some snacks at the gas station (which you’ll visit often and see other travelers) and go.

If you have more specific questions, feel free to reach out to me via <email> or leave me a comment! I’ll help as much as I can.

Of course, I have to give 100% credit to my friend Tiffany for basically putting this whole trip together and Brandon for driving the full 1300 miles! Thanks for letting me join you all, as usual it was a pleasure!

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