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A Return to Iceland

Great Expectations

Tim Parkin

Tim Parkin

Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.

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I think it’s fair to say that Iceland has become a bit of a cliche for photographers. No matter where you look online there seems to be someone returning with pictures of clear ice on black sand, moss covered boulders and, in winter at least, swathes of “green shit in the sky”. Even two years ago when I visited with Joe Cornish to shoot the promotional videos for Phase One (one, two and three) I felt like I already knew the place. However as soon as we got out of Reykjavik and headed North I realised that the huge collection of photographs of Iceland online had only documented a small fraction of the island (although some parts had probably had more than enough coverage).


On that first trip we stayed in Snaefellsnes for a day and then spent two days in Myvatn where we had stunning blanket snow conditions with beautiful arctic clouds. I must admit I was instantly hooked and so the following year when I was offered the opportunity to accompany Joe Cornish, David Ward and Daniel Bergmann on a workshop in Iceland in winter I jumped at the chance.


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