Fagradalsfjall Volcano, Iceland, Day to Night™, 2021
In May of 2021, I was commissioned by National Geographic to create a Day to Night of the Fagradalsfjall Volcano, 19 miles outside of Reykavik Iceland. This was the first volcanic activity in this specific area in over 800 years. On March 19, 2021, a fissure vent appeared and the volcano began to erupt.

We took an overnight flight to Iceland, took a Covid-19 test and upon arrival immediately began to scout. I decided that the ideal location was a steep hill east of the volcano. Via Helicopter my team & I landed on a mountain top. For 21 hours, I photographed more than 1,000 frames. As the sun began to set behind the volcano & the colors of the sun began to meld with the colors of the lava I felt an almost spiritual connection.

The lava that came to the surface was some of the most ancient magma to be seen in Iceland in the last 7,000 years. In many ways, this photograph takes us back to the beginning, back to not only how the earth was created, but also to how we were created.

Stephen Wilkes

Print Size: 1668x1220 mm
Frame Size: 1855x1406 mm
Paper Type: Canson® Infinity Baryta Prestige 340gsm
Frame Colour: White
Exhibit: POS SW 104 13

 

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Fagradalsfjall Volcano, Iceland, Day to Night™, 2021
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In May of 2021, I was commissioned by National Geographic to create a Day to Night of the Fagradalsfjall Volcano, 19 miles outside of Reykavik Iceland. This was the first volcanic activity in this specific area in over 800 years. On March 19, 2021, a fissure vent appeared and the volcano began to erupt.

We took an overnight flight to Iceland, took a Covid-19 test and upon arrival immediately began to scout. I decided that the ideal location was a steep hill east of the volcano. Via Helicopter my team & I landed on a mountain top. For 21 hours, I photographed more than 1,000 frames. As the sun began to set behind the volcano & the colors of the sun began to meld with the colors of the lava I felt an almost spiritual connection.

The lava that came to the surface was some of the most ancient magma to be seen in Iceland in the last 7,000 years. In many ways, this photograph takes us back to the beginning, back to not only how the earth was created, but also to how we were created.


Photographer:
Stephen Wilkes


Print Size: 1668x1220 mm

Frame Size: 1855x1406 mm

Exhibit: POS SW 104 13

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Printed on Epson SC P20000 with a PrecisionCore™ Micro TFP Printhead