Greinasafni: Icelandic Times
Capturing Iceland

- the fine-art nature photography of Tim Vollmer and Markéta Kalvachová

  • Þingvallakirkja

Iceland, being the photographer’s paradise that it is, does not lack for camera-toting enthusiasts of every hue and genre, but the works of photographers Tim Vollmer and Markéta Kalvachová are nothing short of awe inspiring!

Tim arrived from Germany in 2005 and Markéta from the Czech Republic in 2006. They met in the summer of 2006 and soon established a common bond, sharing the same love for Iceland, which is clearly portrayed in their photography. “Trying to capture the stillness of the mountains, the purity and crispness of the air, or the haunting isolation of a remote fjord is not easy,” Tim explains.

  • Panorama from Morsárdalur
At the moment, they are in the process of preparing to launch a 5-day winter photography workshop which will span the south coast of the country from Reykjavik to Jðkulsarlón, with stops at all the most photogenic locations along the way including the thermal area of Hveragerði, the 19th century houses of Eyrarbakki, Seljalandsfoss, Skogarfoss, Dyrholaey, Vík and the Jökulsarlón glacial lagoon amongst others. Summer tours of the south coast, which will include Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir, the famed “Golden Circle” of Iceland are also being planned.
  • Marketa & Tim

Tim is a man with an eye for details. “My mother was always working with textures in her various collages, and I love to capture texture in my photography,” he says. He especially loves the challenge of capturing the textures of the lava fields...the lichen, the moss and the curious lava formations found throughout Iceland. For her part, Markéta specialises in panoramic views with her favorite area to photograph being the Hengill Volcanic System with its eerie yet enchanting stillness.

  • Geysir “Strokkur”

In 2006, Tim travelled to East Greenland to document a joint project by the Chess Club of Iceland and the University of Iceland and whose aim was to teach chess to native Inuit children. “I loved the idea that the chess club wanted to help the children learn to play chess. The kids learnt quickly and had so much fun. They even organised a tournament, with the winners getting a chance to come to Iceland to learn how to swim.

  • Detail of Lava

“It was especially memorable for me to capture the joy in the faces of these Inuit children as they learned a new skill. One of my dreams is to be able to do more of this kind of work, because sponsors need to be able to see just how thankful and appreciative needy children are when they receive charity of any kind....it’s priceless!”

“There is so much potential in Iceland and it is our hope to be able to use our talents to help local business and social projects move forward,” says Markéta.


  • Blowing hot steam in Hveravellir
  • Puffin with nest materials in its beak
 
  • Happy Icelandic foal
  • Floating icebergs in Jökulsárlón
 

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