Invasion :: Iceland

12 Dec
Invasion :: Iceland

Invasion :: Iceland

You know what’s incredible about Iceland?

Almost everything. Except the abundance of tourists. Particularly those who don’t respect the culture and beautiful spaces there.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Iceland and would go back in a heartbeat. But I saw so many dangerous, rude and disrespectful things, even among my fellow photographers, which made me quite embarrassed for the lot of us. As a landscape photographer, I take protecting our collective “office” (aka nature, and access to spaces) pretty seriously. I love the fact that we are lucky enough to see, capture and share the beauty in this world and a few bad tourists have the ability to ruin it for the rest of us.

Do I love that the world is more connected and more people have access to see these wild, gorgeous spaces? Absolutely. But I hope more people will take care to respect those spaces. For example, maybe don’t cross the ropes to hang off of the edge of an eroding cliff or canyon overhang. Or, say, get too close to a beach known for rogue waves that drags people out to sea. Or…well…any of the bad behaviors you read about. Do your research, respect the culture and spaces, and we all win.

13 Responses to “Invasion :: Iceland”

  1. Kenneth December 12, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

    Lovely photo, and I really agree on your view on how we should protect our “office”!

  2. Marit December 12, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

    Nice post about Iceland! 😊😊

  3. gracefulstumbleblog December 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    so so pretty! love the photo and the message you are sending!

  4. gottatakemorepix December 12, 2017 at 11:57 pm #

    I remember when Peter Lik had shows on The Weather Channel, and usually stated somewhere early in the episode, “I’ve got to get a new shot for my gallery today.” He never seemed to be enjoying his time in nature, just focused on the end result. This attitude of ‘let nothing get in my way’ is getting more commonplace, and gives all photographers a bad name. I’ve found that by being receptive to what nature has to offer, the images seem to come to you, as opposed to meeting some self-imposed deadline.

    • seeingspotsphoto December 13, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

      Such a good point. That goes hand in hand with creating for yourself, as opposed to creating for the wrong reasons (accolades, social media fame, etc). I do think that some professionals feel a unique pressure to produce so that they can keep paying the bills and I don’t begrudge them that…but I much prefer when the scene and nature unfold for you instead of forcing something with aggressive behaviors

  5. livingbythebucket December 17, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

    Such a great point! While we were there we saw SO many people stepping on the moss just to get a good picture and it was driving us CRAZY!

  6. gilesmeetsworld December 28, 2017 at 10:09 am #

    Thank you for sharing, absolutely stunning photo! I think it’s really important to respect places and preserve them, not to mention for people’s own safety!

    • seeingspotsphoto December 28, 2017 at 11:36 am #

      Thank you! And yes! There need to be more of us out in the world. 😊

  7. Valentina January 9, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    Good point, really!
    I have posted about Iceland too,have a look if you fancy 🙂

  8. teawithjennifer February 9, 2018 at 4:43 am #

    So beautiful!
    Yes, respect & respectful behavior goes a very long way!

    We have the southern lights down here, beautiful from Tasmania.

    You are most welcome to join me with your favorite beverage & tasty treat in a encouraging time of inspiration.

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