There is a place on the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland called The Blue Lagoon. It’s located right next to a geothermal power plant, and people can go bathing in the warm water there that has come up from underground. It’s popular with visitors. A color photograph that I made there in 1995 even won first prize in a big international photo competition. (See here.)
This blog post is not about that place.
The place I have chosen to display today does have a lot of similarities to the Blue Lagoon. It’s located on the Reykjanes peninsula. It’s next to a geothermal power plant, and one can go bathing in the warm water there, too.
However, unlike the Blue Lagoon, it is not popular with tourists. In fact, it can be hard to find if you don’t already know where it is and how to get there. As the rocks there are black, I call it “the Black Lagoon.”
I’ve written earlier about the day that I spent with local photographer Bragi Kort at the end of my trip to Iceland in 2013. (See here.) We finished our day of photographing at the waters of the Black Lagoon, and I believe that the models – Aubrey, Brooke, Björg and Hallgerður – all enjoyed the chance to sit in some warm water rather than to stand out in the cold and wind, for a change.
Unlike the Blue Lagoon, this place is on the edge of the peninsula, with nothing separating the warm waters there from the cold waters of the north Atlantic except for a series of low rocks. As the tide came in and began to rise, with the cold Atlantic waters mixing with the warm, it was time to go. In fact, the waters had risen so much that I had to take off my shoes and socks and roll up my pants to wade across, as I could no longer step from rock to rock to get back. Still, it was a good way to end a good day.
By the way, this last photo (below) was the second to last photo that I made on the trip. It’s a candid photo of the models preparing to head back to the cars and then to dinner. It’s one of my favorite photos from the trip, too.
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.