Forget the Iceland you might be familiar with from “Game of Thrones.” Photographer John Welsh spent a total of seven months in the country over the course of seven trips, shooting nearly 8,000 landscapes images.
“Every day I had to archive what I shot,” Welsh said, adding that he was able to pare down his collection to 200 almost immediately. “I was able to edit as I went along.”
Of those 200 pictures, Welsh, of Philadelphia, selected 34 of the best to showcase in an exhibition, “John Welsh: Iceland and Other Travels,” at the North Hall Fine Arts Gallery on the West Campus of Montgomery County Community College, 16 E. High Street, Pottstown, from Aug. 29 through Oct. 20. Welsh will attend the show’s meet-the-artist reception on Sept. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the community.
Welsh, a professional photographer and photojournalist, first traveled to Iceland in the early 2000s to “explore a little bit” for New Year’s and Christmas.
“When I travel, I want to find new places and talk to the people,” he said, recalling a first meeting during his initial visit. Welsh said Iceland offered something other than the “traditional” landscapes of other countries.
“There’s nothing like Iceland,” he said. “When I was there, it was a place that people would go, but back then, the number of tourists that came every year didn’t equal the population of Iceland.”
With the popularity of the “Game of Thrones” TV show, for example, Iceland now sees many more visitors. Welsh said he hopes his exhibit, which features Iceland’s lava fields, glaciers and seascapes, will help spectators see Iceland “in a different light.”
“It’s not just getting off a tour bus and taking 10 pictures and leaving,” he said.
In addition to his Iceland landscape images, Welsh will showcase 16 photos of the Delaware River, a long-term project involving shooting the waterway from the headwaters. The retrospective takes the 31-year photographer back to his roots as he shoots the Delaware River and the Schuylkill River in black and white.
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