I'm just home from Iceland. It was a great trip, with lots of snow, ice, and hardly any rain. On my way home, whilst sitting in Reykjavik airport, I came across Daniel Bergman's new book 'Iceland Landscapes'. It's a beauty.
I've known about Daniel for some time. He is perhaps Iceland's most prominent landscape and nature photographer, but I've never met him in person. I do however, know a lot of workshop participants who have been on his trips (and mine), and have said very good things about him. I must add, that this is quite rare: I seldom hear good things about most photographic tutors, which is a shame, but it does mean that the good ones stand out. Daniel by all accounts, gives a good expedition throughout Iceland, and since it's his homeland, I've always thought he must know it very well.
So it was with little surprise that I found this book sitting on a shelf in the duty free tax shop in Reykjavik airport. I knew of Daniel as primarily a nature photographer, so I wasn't prepared to see a really beautiful collection of images, covering the entirety of Iceland, so well presented and laid out. Daniel it seems, has been working very hard the past five years gathering this fantastic collection of images together.
For me, it did several things;
1. It made me realise, that being a non-native of Iceland, it would be very hard for me to collect such a great collection of images of Iceland that cover everything from the south to the west fjords, and also the interior, displayed through all the seasons.
2. But because of this acknowledgement, his book gave me a lot of inspiration to realise that I've only just touched the surface of Iceland, and I really must return as much as I can in future.
3. Iceland is an *amazing* landscape. No two ways about it.
Daniel's book is beautifully presented. It is a lovely showcase for Iceland, and if I were in the position to be thinking about venturing off to Iceland to find out more about it, I would consider this a great introduction, with coffee table substance for repeat viewings. It's a beautiful, book.
The foreword is by David Ward, who is, in his own right, a very talented Large Format UK based Photographer. Daniel has chosen his introduction writer well for his book.
If you'd like to order a copy, Daniels' book is self published, and can only be obtained from his web site here.
I recommend it very, very highly indeed.