James Frost, 31, UK born travel/wedding photographer now based in Australia, recently caught our eye through a series of images on Instagram. It’s not too common for an @haydenshapes notification tag to lead to photos amongst ice and snow landscapes, which is exactly where this photo story is set – Iceland.
Thanks to films like Strange Rumblings, a Joe G creation and one of our personal favourites, we get to see that surf even amongst the iciest of destinations does exist and that there is so much to explore beyond the crowded and sunny go-to spots. In saying that, regardless of any surfing the unique and diverse landscape alone is more than enough to entice.
While hotels are few and far between in some of these parts, a combination of nights in the Van and AirBNB’s kept Frost accommodated with most spots reachable by local roads or a short hike.
“This was my third time in Iceland and I’ve always been attracted to its landscape and moody weather patterns. This trip was for a wedding that I was shooting over there but decided to go for a few weeks to shoot some personal work and hunt for waves. It was a bit of a gamble to try find them this time of year and it’s really hit and miss in the Icelandic summer. The best time of year for waves would be to go around November.”
Over the 5 week trip he spent most of his time surfing in Vik I Myrdal, known as “Vik”, the southernmost village in Iceland located on the main ring road around the island and home to less than 300 locals.
“We checked a few other locations but the winds were against us this trip. Iceland has so many good set ups and I will be heading back in winter 2016 to explore the North and West Coast. The highlight of the trip was exploring a place called the landmannalaugar this place was like nothing Iv seen before! I think everybody should experience Iceland at least once.”
A few tips for those looking to head on their own Iceland expedition, the summer is peak time for tourists – and the party scene is apparently wilder than you might expect.
“Watch out for rips around the icebergs. In Vik, you have the deepest lake in Ice Land running out to the beach. Bring water proof gear because when it rains, it rains sideways. ”
Having picked up photography within the family and learning the ropes from his grandfather, Frost also offered his personal insight into what he believe takes a good photo.
“I shoot a lot of film so when I edit digital files I try to simulate the colours and look to give it that real feeling to it. I look at a lot of contemporary and fine art photography to get inspired.”
What ruins a photo in his opinion? “Bad light and messy objects.”