“Looking back doesn't help,” says a quote from the Dutch poet Bergman (1921-2009). The quote continues; “It is impossible to look ahead, we don't have a leg to stand on.” Every photographer knows that looking back really helps. Those who only look ahead miss half the world, according to the quote from the photographer Gerry van Roosmalen, 1963-20 ??.
Recently I was on the road with the Icelandic guide Einar Rúnar Sigurðsson. Einar has a sixth sense for finding the most beautiful ice caves in Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull.
Due to the onset of thaw, there was nothing to do a kilometer before the glacier tongue but to leave the car behind and walk the last part. Walking across the swampy terrain was an adventure in itself. If you had solid ground under your feet at one step, you suddenly had to sprint at the next step to prevent yourself from sinking far above your ankles into the slushy ground.
It felt good to stand on the thousand-year-old ice of the glacier tongue Breiðamerkurjökull. Slip-free thanks to sturdy crampons, we headed for the ice caves. Like a kid walking in a candy store and crawling through the caves. Incidents of light, ice structures, waterfalls and a color palette from clear white to deep blue. A space that commanded respect, a space where you don't speak to each other, but where you nod to each other in understanding instead of shouting how beautiful it is. A space where you don't talk but whisper.
At the entrance to a second cave, Einar asked if I might be claustrophobic. Now I think I'm not, but the moment I have to murmur myself through narrow corridors, or crawl low on the floor to get to another room, disturbing thoughts sometimes flash through my head. Especially "what if", or "imagine that". All those thoughts disappeared this time when I arrived in one of the somewhat larger rooms of this ice cave.
At the end of “my time” I packed up the camera and crawled back through the narrow caverns and under hanging ice formations. When I stood up I was face to face with the image above. I had walked under it and hadn't seen it.
So looking back helps.
This artworks is offered by Gerry van Roosmalen
My name is Gerry van Roosmalen, a professional photographer and author. After some travels in the business world, I decided to radically change the helm in 2002 and to fully focus on my passion: photography. Between 2002 and 2004 I visited the fotovakschool in Apeldoorn where I graduated in the courses of portrait and reportage.
In 2006 I decided to study documentary photography. In 2009 my first book was published about a project that I carried out in Greenland: "Why Greenland ..." This book is only available as an i Book.
In 2012 my book "Ode to Iceland" appeared. In this book I combined the images I shot during my various tours in Iceland with texts in which I tried to express my impressions and feelings that I experienced myself when I first faced the spectacular or sometimes just lovely landscapes of Iceland. The english book "Ode to Iceland" can be ordered in the iBook store
In my Webshop I collect the most beautiful images I made during my travels or sometimes just in the studio. If you do not have the right image for your taste, please feel free to contact me. Perhaps my archive with images contains something suitable for your home or business. Gerry@1ivision.nl