Hotel Interior Becomes Part of the Landscape
When I traveled to Ilulissat, Greenland I stayed at the Hotel Icefiord. It was comfortable, though the rooms were a tad warm for my liking, and nice and quiet. It's a relatively small hotel that, interestingly, is open all year round, rather than just during the tourist season. What I really liked about the place was its location, right on the edge of the water. And what a view! Our room even included a tiny balcony from which my friend Joseph and I could photograph, albeit one at a time, onto and across the magnificent Ilulissat Icefjord. What a blast!
A Final Reward
The above photo was made after a long night hiking and photographing from the edge of Disko Bay. I walked through the dinning area and was taken with the light coming through the windows and reflecting off the walls inside the dinning area. Despite near exhaustion I made a photo prior to heading up to my room for a well earned sleep. My main regret about my trip to Greenland, and their were several, was the fact that I slept too much. But then I arrived immediately after an intensive exploration of Iceland, during which I was plagued with a very heavy cold throughout the entire trip. It was an inconvenience which didn't so much slow me down as wear me out.
Blending Interior and Exterior Elements
I remember when making the image that I was aware of how the hotel interior had become a part of the landscape and that it was important to reflect that fact within the photo. I very much approached my composition with that in mind. I was happy for the Scene Brightness Range (i.e., contrast or dynamic range) to cause the darker lower and upper parts of the frame to render near black as it helped tie the warm colored warms with the natural landscape outside. I like the way the eye travels, from left to right, following the colorful light across the frame. The demarcation between inside and outside is lessened as the two seemingly disparate areas begin to merge into the one scene.
I have do doubt that, next time I go back to Europe, it will include another extensive exploration of Iceland. But Greenland is so vast and I've only just started to explore its wild beauty. The good news is that Greenland is a relatively small hop across the pond from Iceland. And that's why I'II be doing my best to include another slice of Greenland in my itinerary the next time I'm in that part of the world. It's such a long way from my home in Melbourne, Australia that it seems a pity not to take that extra step and expense. And the photos, together with the experience associated with making them, make it all worthwhile.
Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru