Canyon of Dreams

Nude, Iceland, 2013

Nude, Iceland, 2013

Has it ever happened to you that you’ve dreamed of going to a place that you’ve read about or seen photos of?  And then when you get there… well, it wasn’t quite what you expected?  Or hoped for?
Such was – and was not – the case with a place in Iceland called Fjaðrárgljúfur (If you have difficulty reading the name or pronouncing it, don’t feel too bad.)  This was a place that I had read about in numerous places, all basically saying that it’s spectacular.  Frommer’s guide to Iceland described it as being one of the top ten natural spots in Iceland.  Naturally, I decided to make it a location for photography with my two models, Aubrey and Brooke.
Even though most of the Icelandic people I had been in contact with said that they had never been there, it wasn’t too difficult to get to, being not too far off of the main road as it is, though the approach to it was rather rough.  When we got there, early in the morning, it was one of those moments for me, when you can hardly believe that you’re actually seeing with your own eyes something you had only seen in photographs before.
That was the good part.  The bad?  Being Iceland, naturally, it was the weather, which was cold, drizzly and raw – hardly weather conducive to nude modeling.  We discussed the idea of moving on to the next stop on our itinerary, but I decided against that option.  This was a place that was on the short list of top locations in Iceland for me, and I wasn’t about to leave so easily.

3439_1 - Aubrey and Brooke

I decided to get out of the car and took a walk to scout the location, while Aubrey and Brooke stayed in the car.  Yes, it was spectacular, with a walking path along the top of the cliff on one side of the canyon, plus the ability to go down and walk in the canyon itself.
I returned to the car with the air still wet with drizzle, and proceeded to wait…and wait….and wait….  Finally I said that it was time to get out and see if we could make some photos.  Then it happened.  The rain stopped – just at the right time!
Even though the rain had stopped, the weather was hardly comfortable, so I shot a roll of 120 with the canyon in the background, after which we headed back to the warmth of the car.  Thanks, of course, to Aubrey and Brooke for working under such difficult conditions.
Even though ten photos (what I can get on a roll of 120 film) is not a lot, these photos were worth the wait.  Here are two of them.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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One Response to Canyon of Dreams

  1. Magnus says:

    Add me to the list of Icelanders who have never been to this canyon. I must have driven by it a hundred times. Maybe I need to read some of those tourist guidebooks 🙂

    Intriguing photos! The first one in particular feels like you walked into a story, at a tense moment between the two models. The tension is certainly heightened by the craggy landscape of the canyon.

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