At first, these abstract images are difficult to decipher. However, look more closely and hints of a landscape begin to emerge. Created by Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev, these new images in his ongoing series of Iceland’s volcanic rivers consist of amazing aerial perspectives that look like spectacular paintings.
The light and shadow, the swirling formations, and the vibrant colors in his compositions are in fact rivers, glaciers, and, occasionally, a flock of seagulls that are merely tiny specks across the volcanic scenery. The alluring images blur the lines between landscape photography and abstract paintings, and viewers will find themselves peering closer to make sense of the odd shapes and intriguing textures.
“Iceland is a wonderful country; I would even say that it is a true paradise for all the photo shooting-lovers. But what has become a real discovery for me is the bird’s eye view of the rivers flowing along the black volcanic sand. It is an inexpressible combination of colors, lines, and patterns,” says Ermolaev.