Long influenced by the work of Aaron Siskind, I enjoy making images that emphasize the abstract qualities of landscape.  In this series, the mysterious and volatile features of Iceland are an inspiration.  Because Iceland is one of the youngest countries on earth and the crust there is only a third of earth's normal thickness, molten rock easily makes its way to the surface, along with superheated steam.  These elements produce the geysers, bubbling mud pools, volcanoes, steam vents, black sand beaches, basalt columns, and weird lava formations for which Iceland is well-known.  Steam, rushing water, and black sand beaches evoke feelings of awe and suggest the supernatural beings that some say over half of Iceland's population believes in.
      Despite the natural beauty, market forces are at work, and several of Iceland's magnificent waterfalls have disappeared or are threatened by huge dams built to power aluminum plants over strong local opposition.  The future is uncertain.
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