It’s hard to believe now, but at the beginning of the photographic era there was a heated debate about whether photographs should be considered ‘fine art’. Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev’s work would have settled that argument conclusively. His images capture the volcanic rivers of Iceland from far above, revealing nature created washes of color that could easily be found on an abstract painters canvas.
A young island in geologic terms, Iceland has become famous both for its stunning natural beauty and recent airport-closing volcanic events. It is home to about 30 active volcanic systems which have contributed to its varied terrain and the black sands seen in these photographs.
“It is an inexpressible combination of colors, lines, and patterns…” says Ermolaev. “One can estimate the scale judging by the car tracks that are clearly seen on the black sand. This is just a river, just a volcano, just our planet.”