Lowlands / Highlands

DSC_0050DSC_0078DSC_0098DSC_0105DSC_0117DSC_0120DSC_0005Landmannalaugar, Fjallabak Nature Reserve, 2013.

#Landmannalaugar #Fjallabak #Iceland #Matt Gibson

In 2013, while my partner Laurie was 7 months pregnant with our child, I embarked upon a rare trip to Iceland. In Reykjavik, you can buy weekly bus tickets for the entire Iceland network and travel around at your own leisure. I chose to stop at Landmannalaugar campsite near the hot springs and spent a couple days hiking the renowned trails of the highlands of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. ‘Lowlands/Highlands’ is a tentative exploration in landscape photography from contrasting points of view.  Hiking alone through the valleys and over ridges I found myself amongst volcanic craters, lava fields and smoking geysers; a cathartic and narcissistic experience that many seek as a form of mental and physical escape. But the journey between ‘low’ and ‘high’ was humbling. A witness to ‘a contemplated moment’ to borrow the words of Edward Burtynsky, the weight of time and history pervades you serving as a refreshing reminder of your insignificance.

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