Jökulsárlón / Iceland
Chunks of glaciers are tipped onto a small bay near the coast, and on the whim of winds and storms they make their way out to sea only to be thrown back onto the black beaches by ocean waves. Jökulsárlón is a truly bizarre and amazing place to visit. You never know how many bergs will be landed on the shore, or if the winds will drag them all away. The blue colour comes from the old ice trapped inside the glacier for millenia, contrasting with the deep dark tones of volcanic black sands.
Jukolsarlon is the Icelandic name for "Glacier Bay". Well chosen name. These images were taken on a very stormy day at the end of a wonderful photo tour. A few of us got seriously wet during the shoot however. Before the day was out I watched about a dozen photographers from other groups take a bath in the ocean, denting their camera gear and pride. It's too easy to underestimate the dangers of this beach, and I myself was too confident. I love the location however, and can't wait to visit again in 2016 with our next tour.
Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.
Photography for Travellers
Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."
"Photography is about showing other people how to see, to share the beauty of life. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. We only get one lifetime, one chance to add some light into the world. Photography competitions are mostly silly. Cats are excellent."