“Wander on the Sea of Fog”, a transcendental work by Caspar David Friedrich, has had immense influences on my life choices. Drawing from Hegel’s concept of the sublime, Friedrich conveys the interaction of two contrasting feelings in his painting; on one hand, the astonishment one feels when confronting the immensity of nature and on the other hand, the sensation of fear and insignificance felt in the hands of nature.
Immersing myself in in Iceland’s wilderness was the only way I could experience what Friedrich tried to convey. Fortunately, the seven days I spent hiking in the South-West regions, from the hot springs of Landmannalaugar to the glacial valley of Þórsmörk, gave me the chance to encounter the mystery of the sublime.
My photos aim to capture both sides of the equation; some reveal the little details of nature’s beauty by emphasizing its textures while others express the vastness of the landscape.