Photographer Anna Isabella Christensen has been operating on a series of self-portraits more than the past 4 many years but has put in the last many months doing the job specifically in Iceland, capturing dramatic photographs near the erupting volcano there.
The numerous Icelandic landscape has been a enormous boon of inspiration for Christensena, and contrasting the volcanic lava with a spectacular flowing costume has made a established of pictures that regulate to make distinctive photographs out of an location that has been photographed extensively considering the fact that the volcano commenced erupting previously this calendar year.
Christensen suggests that she arrived in Iceland for the 1st time in the vicinity of the end of January 2021 and not lengthy following she bought there, a massive selection of earthquakes started to get place on the Reykjanes peninsula not much from the capital Reykjavik. The volcano at last began to erupt in March and Christensen claims she stayed in the area of the volcano on a few separate events and ended up hiking to the volcano 25 periods to produce this collection.
“It all started off with 1 crater, then some new fissures opened up and there were various energetic craters at the exact same time, and it finished with a person major crater and large explosions each and every couple minutes,” Christensen says. “This eruption is the most incredible matter that has ever transpired to me and no terms can describe how it felt to be there and witness all this electric power and natural beauty. I’m very grateful for this knowledge and truly feel extremely privileged to have invested so much time there.”
Christensen claims that the situations at the volcano have been excessive, producing it a certain challenge to use as the backdrop for her series.
“A good deal of the time and it was quite, very chilly,” she suggests. “I professional all varieties of weather there: snowstorms, hail, rain, intense wind, I even acquired caught up in a tiny dust devil after — there ended up a whole lot of all those. A person time there was ashfall coming down. Inspite of these situations, the eruption web-site was open to the community practically all the time, with the exception of a couple days.”
That reported, Christensen states that as much as protection is concerned, the eruption web page is formally open up to the public and as a result considered as risk-free by the Icelandic authorities. All the shots were being taken from a safe length and all the important safety measures had been taken throughout the photoshoots which include measuring gas stages and contemplating the path of the wind.
Due to the extraordinary ailments and chilly, Christensen claims she was only in a position to do a person photoshoot for every time she frequented the eruption internet site at most, and a number of occasions she was not capable to shoot at all.
“Some of the situations I hiked all the way to the volcano only to discover that the temperature was too extraordinary at the viewpoint for my sort of photographs — largely since of the strong, freezing wind — and I would just go back again to the hotel,” she clarifies.
The recurring, often blind, hikes have been vital as arranging was difficult.
“The eruption was altering every single working day and it was hard for me to do significantly scheduling. I was fascinated by looking at the volcano at sunrise and sunset, blue hour, and in the dim, as the lava was glowing during those people times. I finished up hiking there at night time and being until eventually sunrise due to the fact there were huge crowds of people there at any other time,” she clarifies.
“I truly favor to be by yourself in the course of my photoshoots and also I would not be ready to uncover a area there with out other men and women in my body. It was also an incredible emotion to witness the volcano when there were only a handful of other men and women there and it was so quiet. Given that I was only in a position to do 1 photoshoot for every pay a visit to, I would in some cases get concepts for the following working day and then check out to carry out them, which worked out for a number of of my shoots. Most of the shoots have been just tips that I obtained after arriving at the eruption website relying on how it seemed that night time.”
All of the photos in the sequence are self-portraits, and Christensen suggests they are first and not manipulated. She shot the pics by environment up her digicam on a tripod and firing it remotely with her cellphone, apart from in one particular situation she made use of her camera’s built-in intervalometer.
“My notion was to seize the relationship involving a human becoming and an erupting volcano and show my fascination and admiration. I assumed that my purple dress would be a great in shape for the hearth electricity of the volcano,” she says.
Graphic credits: Images by Anna Isabella Christensen and utilized with permission.