• My image is out there

    I just have to be there to grab it
    jf

I have always been drawn to old, abandoned houses and I have photographed many. On this site I have chosen the places that have been the most interesting. I know the story behind few of them but not all and at times I wonder if the house I live in will become abandoned in the future? I´m sure the people who lived in them never expected that the house they spent so long to build would look like this today.
I see how quickly the natural elements quickly take over when there is no one to look after the houses. I see how fragile things are if we don’t attend to them… and that goes for everything in life.

Icelandic Landscape images

Thingvellir National Park Johannes Frank
I live in Iceland and sometimes when shooting images of my homeland I wonder if I see the landscape  the right way? When you are born and you grow up in a country you see every day, is it possible to see it  the same way a foreigner would?
I often go back to my hometown in the West Fjords and each time  I see things in a different way and I wonder is it because I´m older or have I forgotten the place? Or is my artistic vision evolving ?
I hope these images I call Icelandic landscapes give an accurate feeling for my country which is sometimes called:
”Iceland A Miracle Of Nature”

Journey´s

I have put together images from some of the country’s I have been fortunate enough to visit.  I have chosen not to put them in a separate categories.

Billi Joel said

“I am no longer afraid of becoming lost, because the journey back always reveals something new, and that is ultimately good for the artist.”

So I guess I have to wist again and again to see things in a different way to inspire my vision.

JF

Northern Lights (Aurora)

We have a lot of Aurora here in Iceland and it has now become a major tourist attraction during the dark months here in Iceland. Below is a definition of this lights from Wikipedia. Shooting the lights requaie a good tripod and manual setting on the camera and a few seconds shooting time.

An aurora, sometimes referred to as a polar light, is a natural light display in the sky, predominantly seen in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions.[nb 1] Auroras are produced when the magnetosphere is sufficiently disturbed by the solar wind that the trajectories of charged particles in both solar wind and magnetospheric plasma, mainly in the form of electrons and protons, precipitate them into the upper atmosphere (thermosphere/exosphere), where their energy is lost. The resulting ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents emits light of varying colour and complexity. The form of the aurora, occurring within bands around both polar regions, is also dependent on the amount of acceleration imparted to the precipitating particles. Precipitating protons generally produce optical emissions as incident hydrogen atoms after gaining electrons from the atmosphere. Proton auroras are usually observed at lower latitudes.[2] Different aspects of an aurora are elaborated in various sections below.

Black and White.

I have sometime been asked way I like black and white photography so much. Well the short answer would be that it is more simple only two color right? No for me it is sometime the only way to make images, there are many images that work better in color, but for some they only work in black and white. I like to explain with a simple imaginary image of a house in a green field with mountains in the distance. The house has a roof painted in bright red color and the mountains has a little bit of a snow on top. Well in color our focus will be draw to the red roof and then possibly they wander to the mountains but we could possibly miss the interesting old tree or the rolling hills with deep shadows. In Black and White such an image would come alive and all the elements would work better together making the hole image. So this is my answer to the question I’m often asked and a part from this I relay like the many colors we can get inside one  black and white image.

Panorama

I like panorama images very much, the true wide format photography. Panorama can be sometime the best way to show a specific place but a good panorama image require a special camera if one are not going to stitch images together. for me a true Panorama image is like 6×17 not a full circle image and a true panorama image is the one that is shoot on a single capture. I have done both, and I like the single shoot images much more than the stitched ones maybe it is because thy require less work afterwards. I have chosen the images I like the most and some of them are stitched images

Icelandic Horses

I have been fond of the Icelandic horse for a long time I have published on book about the Icelandic horse HROSS . The Icelandic horse in unique in many way, the main reason is the fact that this horse bread has been with us here in Iceland since the first Viking brought them here in 874. I shoot all my images of the Icelandic horse in color but I change them to black and white as I found that works best in most images.