Nature in it’s wildest and rawest form is easily accessible to the masses in the island of Iceland. Famous for fire and ice, volcanos and glaciers, daunting waterfalls, and vast and varied landscapes, Iceland has become the newest hot tourist destination. The tourists often out number residents.
While many Icelanders welcome the economic prosperity that has come with the increased tourism, there are many issues that accompany influx of visitors. The increased traffic strains the vary fragile land that travelers come to see. Inadequate hotels, toilets, and roads, laborers. Iceland is wild and raw and can’t always be tamed resulting in injuries and even deaths while taking in the sites. Icelanders are caught in limbo, trying to balance the economic gain against the destructive and sometimes dangerous increase in visitors.
As part of my heritage, Iceland has always been a special to me. I have always valued its unknown, unique and isolated qualities and even relished in its proceed-at-your-own-risk attitude. Sentimentally, I wish the visitors would give me my Iceland back. But, rather than sulk, I decided to turn my camera on the tourists, and watch them interacting with this strange land.