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Workshop Article BYBRETT

— IN THE WAKE OF APOLLO —

Neil Alden Armstrongthe first photographer on the moon.

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THE EVA

Extra Vehicular Activity ... foot prints, tyre tracks, metal pylons, lonely odd apparatus strewn across the landscape, and a lot of grey tones – enough material for a spontaneous landscape photography workshop under the motto of the Icelandic Tourist Board: ‘Why go to the moon, when you can come to Iceland?’

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THE LANDSCAPE

Geysers are pressing steam up into the air in eruptions that can be a hundred meters high. Bubbling mud pots are opening up before you, steep waterfalls provide a breath-taking soundscape – in short, Iceland is one of the best places in the world for being reminded of the fragility of life on the earth’s surface, and the unbridled force that rages within our home planet.

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THE MOONSCAPE

This is Iceland, the island pushed up from beneath the sea, made up of nothing but volcanic rock. It lies exactly above the rift between the Eurasian and North American Plates – a most unsettled spot, underneath which a constant mantle plume of hot molten magma is pushing upwards.

From a depth of supposedly 3000 kilometres, mushrooming out when it reaches the earth’s crust. This turbulent process never ceases, and is responsible for holding Iceland together, as well as for the on-going transformation of the island’s geography caused by its volcanic activity.

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THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

Traces in the black volcanic sand: these kinds of images are also familiar from planet exploration missions. Not without reason was Iceland used as a training ground for the astronauts of Apollo 11, the first men on the moon.

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THE EQUIPMENT

Instead of the lunar travellers’ Hasselblad Space Camera … the LEICA M9, a wide angle Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH and Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH

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Footnote: Neil Alden Armstrongthe first photographer on the moon

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