Photographs of Snow and Ice

In the midst of a warm summer in Sydney, I've been watching friends post photographs of snow in Europe. Their photographs have inspired me to go looking for photographs from the past where I've experienced snow myself (which I love) taken in Sweden and Iceland. Walking on ice in Stockholm Glacier in Iceland Milesgarden in…

Lake south of Reykjavik

So Much In Such A Small Space

“This is my favourite spot in the whole of Reykjavik”, Jon told me as we looked out towards the lighthouse. Located just a few minutes drive from the centre of town, it was almost as if you were in the countryside. “When I was young, you could come here and no one else was around.…

Ice on the beach near the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland.

Glacial Silence

“It's so incredibly silent”, a fellow traveller said to me as we stood together, as part of a group of fourteen on a two-day bus tour of Southern Iceland. “Sometimes”, I replied with a smile, a reference to the constant chatter from many in the group. She smiled back. “We are standing on a bloody…

Lifeguards patrol The Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Twenty-something years ago I remember seeing a photograph in NME or Melody Maker (I can't remember which) of Damon Albarn from the group, Blur. The full-page photograph was of him swimming at The Blue Lagoon, outside Reykjavik. Over the next few months, I became somewhat obsessed with the photograph. I'd never heard of The Blue…

Not the penises of the Icelandic Men's Handball Team

The Icelandic Phallological Museum

“Ooooh mate, it's a crook one”, I heard the nearby bloke say (in a distinctly Australian accent), as he and his mate looked at the only “human exhibit” in the Phallological Museum of Iceland, or as I like to call it, “The Dick Museum”. The look on their faces said it all. It did look…