flow / fləʊ /
verb (MOVE) especially of liquids, gases, or electricity: to move in one direction, continuously and steadily.
Iceland, Summer 2020.
Glacial rivers flowing through the vast plains of the Icelandic Highlands. These areas are only accessible for a small time window during the summer. Glacial rivers shape the Earth surface with their incessant movement.
“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?" That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
Mælifell. Iceland Summer, 2020.
This prominent volcano stands out in a desert of black sands, on the edge of the Mýrdalsjökullglacier. Such volcanic cone is made up of ashes and projections of solidified lava created by eruptions (fire). It was once concealed under the glacier before it retreated at the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 10,000 years ago. The volcano remains close to this ice cap (frozen water) which influences the surrounding atmospheric phenomena (air) with forming clouds (condensing water) and pristine glacier rivers (fluid water).
It is covered with grimmia, a moss that grows (life) on lava and one of the few plants that have been able to grow in Iceland’s desertic extreme conditions. Its colour changes depending on seasons and on soil’s humidity.
It is the results of the simultaneous interaction of all the archetypal elements.