Iceland is the most geologically busy country in Europe and one of the most aesthetically spoilt countries in the world. In the north of the island, the area around Myvatn has become a major film location for franchises such as Game of Thrones and Fast and Furious.

I always want to work in Iceland when there is snow on the ground and ice on the lakes - but so indeed do most of the large film crews. It is the essence of the place and whilst the country’s tourist board will talk glowingly of Iceland in their summer, it seems incongruous to work there when it is warm and the flowers are in bloom. The only problem in the winter is that is can be very busy with film crews and despite Iceland’s developed infrastructure, accommodation is not easy to source.

This image is simple, but I find it strikingly beautiful and it is also quintessential Iceland. The lava rock fields dominate much of the island on the south and also here near Myvatn. The Icelandic ponies are fabulously individualistic in their character and their colouring, but this is not easy to capture in a single image. I have great respect for the British photographer - Tim Flach - and his portrayal of them encouraged me to believe that this was perhaps Europe’s most photogenic horse - what a stroke of luck, because Iceland is surely Europe’s most photogenic country. That makes a win double.

I deliberated for a long time, but concluded that this picture had to be printed in colour. It is not simply the coat of the pony, but the cocktail of that coat, the warm winter sun and the hints of brown in the lava that needs to be shown. In my latest book, Wild Encounter it is printed in colour (one of only three images) and it looks fabulous.

Available sizes (Framed size)

Large: 71” x 92”
Standard: 52” x 66"

Available editions

Large: Edition of 12
Standard: Edition of 12

Iceland is the most geologically busy country in Europe and one of the most aesthetically spoilt countries in the world. In the north of the island, the area around Myvatn has become a major film location for franchises such as Game of Thrones and Fast and Furious.

I always want to work in Iceland when there is snow on the ground and ice on the lakes - but so indeed do most of the large film crews. It is the essence of the place and whilst the country’s tourist board will talk glowingly of Iceland in their summer, it seems incongruous to work there when it is warm and the flowers are in bloom. The only problem in the winter is that is can be very busy with film crews and despite Iceland’s developed infrastructure, accommodation is not easy to source.

This image is simple, but I find it strikingly beautiful and it is also quintessential Iceland. The lava rock fields dominate much of the island on the south and also here near Myvatn. The Icelandic ponies are fabulously individualistic in their character and their colouring, but this is not easy to capture in a single image. I have great respect for the British photographer - Tim Flach - and his portrayal of them encouraged me to believe that this was perhaps Europe’s most photogenic horse - what a stroke of luck, because Iceland is surely Europe’s most photogenic country. That makes a win double.

I deliberated for a long time, but concluded that this picture had to be printed in colour. It is not simply the coat of the pony, but the cocktail of that coat, the warm winter sun and the hints of brown in the lava that needs to be shown. In my latest book, Wild Encounter it is printed in colour (one of only three images) and it looks fabulous.

Available sizes (Framed size)

Large: 71” x 92”
Standard: 52” x 66"

Available editions

Large: Edition of 12
Standard: Edition of 12
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