Fire Lava

Nude, Iceland, 2014

We’re in the middle of a blizzard here in New York City, so what’s a more appropriate place to write about in such weather than Iceland?
Actually, the area of Iceland I’m writing about this time did not have its origins in ice or snow, but in fire and ash – hence the name of the place, Eldhraun, meaning “fire lava” in Icelandic.
This lava field came about from one of the greatest natural cataclysms in recorded history – a volcanic eruption that lasted from 1783 to 1784, triggering a disaster of disease and famine in Iceland that decimated much of the population.  By sending up a cloud of ash that drifted over Europe, it may have also contributed to the French Revolution through the crop failure it brought there.
These days, though, the huge lava field is a fairly quiet place, and is covered by nice green moss.

I had wanted to photograph here on my trip in 2013, but weather and other circumstances didn’t permit it.  However, I was able to do so in 2014.  As we were there in the middle of the day, I was hoping for some cloud cover to soften the light, but instead we had sunshine.
Still, I managed, especially with the help of Nadine, who – as you can see – did a good job working with the landscape here.

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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