ICELAND: A MOMENT IN TIME
For me Covid 19 was a privilege.
I have had a home in Iceland for a decade, part of me is always there. The country that called to me from the other side of the world was pristine in its nature, a fierce volcanic island where the landscape changes minute by minute and kilometer by kilometer. I fell in love with this land, its wild weather, geology and light.
Since then, Iceland has been marketed to the world. Millions of people have visited and appreciated its waterfalls, volcanos, glaciers, black sand and ice beaches. Instagram is full of their wonder and their selfies.
Then came Covid 19.
Tourism ceased and Iceland was returned to its people. Australia closed its borders and Iceland opened its heart. I stayed for over a year. Twenty-hour days became twenty-hour nights and as the Spring arrived an ancient volcano erupted only an hour’s drive from Reykjavik. This special yet familiar event delighted the people of Iceland who walked and climbed there as families and friends to celebrate their land, their new land. As did I. In the year of Covid I saw Iceland in all its powerful glory and its incredible natural beauty, occasionally with appreciative Icelanders and a few fellow landscape photographers. It certainly was a privilege.
The photographs presented here were taken during this period.
Thea Trubenbacher was born in Durban, South Africa, to German parents who grew up in China and emigrated with her to Melbourne, Australia when she was young. She grew up in a family devoted to documenting, photographing and sharing their experiences down the generations. Unsurprisingly photography became a serious passion and a significant artistic endeavor.
Thea is a geologist, travel designer and landscape photographer and has always felt drawn to the raw, untamed world she finds in nature.
“Perhaps from growing up in Australia with its wide-open landscapes and as far back as I can remember, I have always had a deep love for nature; it feels natural, instinctive and free. This love fueled my fascination with science, all sciences but particularly geology. Science informs my view on the world. I see landscapes as beautiful creations from complex systems and processes. The same is true for flora and fauna, I am interested in migrations, behaviors, ecosystems, and ecology. Photography, which has also been part of my life from an early age and is a way of seeing and recording the beauty that nature creates”.
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