Mystical Ice Caves of Iceland Look Like Abstract Oil Paintings

Iceland Landscape Photography by Matěj Kříž

Photographer Matěj Kříž explores the depths of the great unknown with his camera. Using a combination of on-the-ground and aerial photography, he has captured the mystifying ice caves of Iceland. The breathtaking locale looks like it’s encased in glass and from certain vantage points doesn’t look like a landscape at all. This is most notable in the photos of the blue glaciers; with their different shades and organic shapes, they could double as an abstract oil painting.

Kříž’s Iceland landscape photography showcases the country’s mysterious beauty and speaks to his immense technical talent. The colors that Kříž achieves in the photos are brilliant despite the little amount of light entering the caves. He illuminates the space with glints of electric hues that are made even brighter with deep pockets of darkness. It’s a dramatic combination that’s achieved without the use of post editing. “[The] beauty of photography,” he explains, “is in [the] opportunity to catch [the] proper moment, capture emotions and feels into one scene.”

When it comes to shooting his photos, Kriz makes traveling a priority. While he ventured to Iceland for this series of images, he has trekked to warmer climates like the Ecuadorian jungle, where he snapped pictures of native tribes living there.

Photographer Matěj Kříž ventured to ice caves in Iceland to capture these mystifying landscape photos.

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The brilliant images look like abstract paintings.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Matěj Kříž.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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