More from Iceland

Stark then lush. That’s the words for today. It describes the landscape I have been looking at the last week. There are real contrasts here, rolling green fields and desolate, blasted vistas. It’s a beautiful country in many ways. The pictures you see in tourist brochures and magazines are real.

Anyway, what have I been doing? Well, getting used to an Icelandic keyboard for a start. Some great symbols and letters on it. I will try and keep the miss types to a minimum. We have been travelling over a small stretch of coast and interior photographing for “The Books”. I have been trying to do some of my own work (I’m not a rocks and trees sort of guy) and have found a few things that have made me do some work. Most of my time is spent helping Paula Chamlee either make photos or work on her film. The latter has been interesting.

Interesting things that have happened to me. Waking up to sheep surrounding my tent. Seeing Puffins, they are much smaller than I thought. Sleeping next to a glacier and hearing ‘bergs calve off during the night. Learning that the German translation for seal is sea dog. Not having a heart attack each time I pay for something (this is an expensive place).

Need to rush off and find the local laundry. Last chance for about 10 days. Have fun ya all.


travel with a bag full of cameras

Well I am in Iceland, and yes it is cold. Well, any where is probably cold after Hong Kong. London was good, warm (they thought they were having a heat wave), I found it almost pleasant. Had a nice time going from gallery to gallery. The new hang at the Tate Modern is good, few things that really worked and the Rothko room is still wonderful. The Tate was nice, spent a long time in the Turner wing.

What can I say about Iceland. Well for a start I have only been here for two days but yes, at this time of the year it does stay light for close to 24 hours. There is a brief, (2-3 hours), period when it turns to dusk. It is kind of wierd, light at midnight.

We spent yesterday geting organised. Got the vehicles out of the contianer and sorted out a few problems. Spent most of today out photographing. Think I found some good stuff, certainly different to what I have been doing lately, more modernist, traditional work. Will have to see what comes of it.

Anyway, will post more as time allows. Take care all.


... see you soon ...

This may well be my last post for a while, in a couple of days I am off to Iceland. I will be there for about seven weeks and will be traveling with two American photographers, Paula Chamlee and Michael Smith who are photographing for a book/s and for prints to sell.

I have traveled with them before, in Europe, where they where photographing in, predominately, Tuscany. They also run a small publishing company that produces some of the highest quaility photographic reproductions you are likely to see.

So I leave you with this picture. I like it for its humor, especially as it is outside a contemporary art gallery here in Hong Kong.