ON1 Inspiration: Episode 8 – Working The Abstracts

ON1 Inspiration: Episode 8 – Working The Abstracts

By |2016-05-27T13:47:18+00:00May 16th, 2016|

Welcome to the eighth episode of ON1 Inspiration! Of all the places I’ve photographed and all the extreme weather conditions I’ve been in, I never would have guessed that one of the most challenging locales to create photos in would be an ice cave in Iceland. I had the good fortune to photograph a handful of ice caves during my very first trip there and, next to seeing the northern lights for the first time, this was something I was most excited for.

What I didn’t expect was the immense challenge of finding a strong composition in a confined space that has so much complexity to it. You wouldn’t necessarily think that an ice cave would be very complex. It’s just a huge open pocket surrounded by hundreds of feet of frozen ice. But it was challenging… exceptionally so for me. I had my moments of frustration because I kept trying to find a photo that encapsulated the entirety of the place and that was my problem.

It wasn’t until I allowed myself to forget about the wide shots that I really found my groove. I packed away my ultra-wide angle lens and used my telephoto zoom instead. Instantly, I started seeing all the possibilities simply by focusing on the intricacies of the abstracts. When you look at the wall of an ice cave up close, you see frozen liquid poetry. It’s unreal and it was a huge moment in my photo career because that lesson has saved me from many more subsequent frustrations. I only hope it helps you, too!

ON1 Inspiration: Episode 8


  1. Gomac May 24, 2016 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Great adaptability to location, creativity, insight and thoughtful use of filters. I believe that you have upped my game a notch. Thank you.

    • Brian Matiash May 24, 2016 at 7:42 am - Reply

      I couldn’t ask for a better or nicer response to this article. Thank you so much!

      • Gomac May 24, 2016 at 7:50 am - Reply

        Brian, you are more than welcome. I’m just speaking truth. BTW, I’ve not posted before, but have been following you and your work for some time and find it both inspirational and practical. That’s a tough duo to beat. Keep it coming.

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