It is that time of the year again: the end of December. A time to look back at the last 365 days and reflect on what happened. And choose the 14 photographs that best represent the evolution that took place in between January and December.
2014 wasn’t a huge year in photography for me, as in “going out and taking new pictures”. It was a great year in photography as in “aligning all the different aspects of my passion into a coherent whole”. I joined the ranks of Corbis. I spent a lot of time processing, cataloguing and keywording my older images. And I went to Iceland to take a few new images.
Iceland. The nature photographer’s dream destination. I have wanted to go to Iceland ever since I met my friend Þorfinnur on my first day of university in Montreal back in the late eighties. His passion for the landscapes and culture of his country remain an important influence on me to this day.
So, without further ado, here are my favourites images from 2014. Most of them are from Iceland of course. Please let me know what you think of them.
Öxarárfoss waterfall in Þingvellir National Park, Iceland
Öxarárfoss is a small (20 meters) waterfall in Þingvellir National Park, Iceland. It flows from the river Öxará and falls into the rift in between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
Raechel sitting on the southern edge of Viti crater Iceland.
I took this portrait of my girlfriend Raechel at Viti crater Iceland early last June. Viti is located within the Krafla volcanic caldera in the Mývatn lake region of northern Iceland.
Iceland: Stop, sit and meditate
I find that this image captures something that is special to Iceland: it’s deeply introspective almost spiritual quality. There are so many places where one can stop and listen to the silence in Iceland. It’s not hard to be alone with nature. The clutter and the bustle of cities is far away. One feels much more connected to reality.
Spent a few hours this morning walking around with my camera in Terra Cotta park in Pointe-Claire, Quebec while I was waiting for my daughter to finish one of her activities. I had never explored this park in depth, and three hours let me see a much bigger part of it than before.
Today is an absolutely beautiful fall day here around Montreal, and I am very glad I took advantage of it.
For a local stroll in the woods, it doesn’t get much better than this!
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