Mögnuð Jörð (Magnificent Earth)
In Icelandic, the word for “Magnificent” also refers to “Magnetisism” and “Magic”. We are normally unaware of the huge magnetic forces which sculpt glacier ice, conduct the Auroras, and direct the waves, all in a magnificent way. This previously unpublished collection of limited edition photographs was captured with the Magic Cloth technique, a technique pioneered by Tony Prower for digital photography. The use of this technique means that each image is uniquely hand-crafted in the camera at the location as different parts of the scene are exposed for different durations over a long exposure with the help of a cloth, just like a conjurer. These long exposures record an accumulated effect of these Magnetic forces. The nature literally becomes the brush. The hope is for the viewer to sense the huge magnetic forces which govern our planet as we hurtle around our sun, to see the Magnificence created by these forces and to feel the Magic of the photography.
These 14 works are fresh and unpublished on image sharing sites, such as flickr, 500px, facebook and twitter. You have to attend an exhibition, or buy them to see them properly. The versions below are heavily watermarked and because of the massive reduction in size, these don’t do the colour of the actual works any justice.
- Exclusive, no internet use
- Limited Edition
- Museum grade prints
- Magic Cloth long exposure
All the vertical auroras were taken within 10 minutes. I left a group of 12 very happy Irishmen to hunt reflections in the part frozen lagoon at Fjallsárlón, South East Iceland. This night the auroras were very impressive. We are at the foot of Iceland’s largest volcano – Öræfajökull. Often it appears that the auroras are attracted to the sub-glacial caldera.
If you catch the glacier ice beach at the right time, you can photograph the incredible colours of a sunset or sunrise.
This night photograph, from Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in Iceland, captured a comet disappearing into the North sky over Iceland.
For Iceland based photographers, photographing the Milky Way is generally something we do while we are waiting for the Northern Lights to appear.
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