Photographer Anna Isabella Christensen has been engaged on a collection of self-portraits over the past 4 years however has spent the final a number of months working particularly in Iceland, capturing dramatic photographs close to the erupting volcano there.
The varied Icelandic panorama has been an enormous boon of inspiration for Christensena, and contrasting the volcanic lava with a dramatic flowing gown has created a set of photographs that handle to make distinctive photographs out of an space that has been photographed extensively because the volcano began erupting earlier this 12 months.
Christensen says that she arrived in Iceland for the primary time close to the tip of January 2021 and never lengthy after she acquired there, numerous earthquakes began to happen on the Reykjanes peninsula not removed from the capital Reykjavik. The volcano lastly began to erupt in March and Christensen says she stayed within the space of the volcano on three separate events and ended up mountaineering to the volcano 25 instances to create this collection.
“It began with one crater, then some new fissures opened up and there have been a number of lively craters on the similar time, and it ended with one huge crater and big explosions each jiffy,” Christensen says. “This eruption is essentially the most unimaginable factor that has ever occurred to me and no phrases can describe the way it felt to be there and witness all this energy and wonder. I’m very grateful for this expertise and really feel very privileged to have spent a lot time there.”
Christensen says that the situations on the volcano have been excessive, making it a selected problem to make use of because the backdrop for her collection.
“Numerous the time and it was very, very chilly,” she says. “I skilled every kind of climate there: snowstorms, hail, rain, excessive wind, I even acquired caught up in a small mud satan as soon as — there have been a number of these. One time there was ashfall coming down. Regardless of these situations, the eruption website was open to the general public virtually on a regular basis, apart from a couple of days.”
That mentioned, Christensen says that so far as security is anxious, the eruption website is formally open to the general public and subsequently deemed as protected by the Icelandic authorities. All of the pictures have been taken from a protected distance and all the required precautions have been taken in the course of the photoshoots together with measuring fuel ranges and contemplating the route of the wind.
As a result of excessive situations and chilly, Christensen says she was solely capable of do one photoshoot per time she visited the eruption website at most, and a number of other instances she was not capable of shoot in any respect.
“A few of the instances I hiked all the way in which to the volcano solely to search out that the climate was too excessive on the viewpoint for my kind of pictures — largely due to the sturdy, freezing wind — and I might simply return to the resort,” she explains.
The repeated, usually blind, hikes have been mandatory as planning was tough.
“The eruption was altering day-after-day and it was arduous for me to do a lot planning. I used to be fascinated by seeing the volcano at dawn and sundown, blue hour, and at the hours of darkness, because the lava was glowing throughout these instances. I ended up mountaineering there at evening and staying till dawn as a result of there have been enormous crowds of individuals there at every other time,” she explains.
“I actually desire to be alone throughout my photoshoots and likewise I wouldn’t have the ability to discover a place there with out different individuals in my body. It was additionally an unimaginable feeling to witness the volcano when there have been only some different individuals there and it was so quiet. Since I used to be solely capable of do one photoshoot per go to, I might generally get concepts for the subsequent day after which attempt to implement them, which labored out for a couple of of my shoots. A lot of the shoots have been simply concepts that I acquired after arriving on the eruption website relying on the way it regarded that evening.”
All the pictures within the collection are self-portraits, and Christensen says they’re authentic and never manipulated. She shot the pictures by establishing her digicam on a tripod and firing it remotely together with her cellphone, besides in a single case she used her digicam’s built-in intervalometer.
“My thought was to seize the connection between a human being and an erupting volcano and present my fascination and admiration. I believed that my crimson gown can be match for the hearth vitality of the volcano,” she says.
Picture credit: Images by Anna Isabella Christensen and used with permission.