It’s a bit of a cliché, but I love birds in flight, so I couldn’t pass up the symbolism here.
There are many free spirits of an avian nature in Iceland. In Iceland, birds are the most common wildlife you’ll see, as swathes of barren landscape struggle to support any animal that can’t fish or fly to warmer climes in winter.
This is the kind of photo I could play with for hours, creating different effects. Silhouette or detail, enough contrast for the clouds or no, what colour for the background or leave it as grey? I’ve settled on what you see above for now, but it changes every time I play with this one.
Another image I’ve had fun playing with. Much of north-east Iceland is desert-like, ancient volcanoes slowly being eroded away into the otherwise flat landscape. But there’s nowhere these free spirits can’t travel.
And of course, the ever-present seagulls. Where there’s a coast, there’s a seagull or two… hundred. Also, I can’t help but think that that must be the house of a free spirit.