Local photographer Cheryl Goodwin’s latest gallery show, featuring stunning images from her recent trip to Iceland, will soon be on display at Pynelogs.
In conjunction with the photo display, which runs from Tuesday, September 1st through to Saturday, September 12th, Ms. Goodwin will be presenting a slideshow, entitled An Icelandic Saga: A trekker’s journey through a land of fire and ice, on Sunday, September 6th.
I’m an outdoor enthusiast and I’ve always been entranced by volcanoes, so Iceland was a logical place to go before it gets too popular, said Ms. Goodwin, adding she’s been fortunate to visit many places around the world and that Iceland was truly unique.
The whole time I was there I felt like the Earth was awake beneath my feet. It was extraordinary. You can’t help but think about all the active volcanoes all over the island, and how they can go off at any time, she said. That kind of situation, along with the isolated nature of Iceland, gives the local people a different perspective on life. They are hardy, and they know how to depend on each other. Every Icelandic person I met was a joy to talk to.
Ms. Goodwin’s trip to Iceland was in the summer of 2014 and she managed to visit just about every corner of the island country, completing the famed Laugavegur trek, getting up close to Eyjafjallajokull (the volcano that erupted and wreaked havoc with global air traffic in 2010), reaching the Westman Islands, trekking across the remote Vatnajokull glacier (Europe’s largest ice cap), and checking out Iceland’s eastern fjords.
Every day across the whole country, but especially on the Laugavegur trek the geology and the landforms changed so much, you felt you were on a different planet than the previous day. The diversity is really fantastic and the geology is just off the charts, she said. There’s little in the way of trees or animals on the land, but there’s all these bizarre rock formations and the mist constantly shifting in and out. You can see why the sagas (traditional Icelandic fairy tales) became so pronounced in the local culture, because it does feel almost magical. It’s pretty amazing.
Ms. Goodwin got into photography while growing up on a farm in Alberta. Her parents were part of the Flying Farmers organization and her dad had a few old Cessna airplanes and an airstrip on the farm (back in the the golden days of civil aviation, when hobby flying wasn’t the expensive pursuit it has since become). The family flew down to do Flying Farmers tours of cotton farms in Arizona or dairy farms in Wisconsin and to keep their daughter entertained, Ms. Goodwin’s parents gave her a stuffed dog toy and a camera. Over time her photography skills blossomed.
Ms. Goodwin was a full-time resident of the valley from 2003 to 2013 and these days divides here time between here and Calgary. She has already done a slideshow based on her Iceland trip in Golden, where it was quite well received. The Pynelogs slideshow is at 7 p.m. and, as part of the art display, she will also be at the artist’s opening night at Pynelogs from 5 p.m. to 9 .m. on Friday, September 4th.