Chris Rohwer paints a church in Iceland

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

Iceland is one of those places where it is hard to take a bad image. Born of fire and ice, any direction you look are beautiful seascapes, moonlike vistas, and waterfalls. Throw in some geysers, Europe’s largest glacier, a couple of icebergs and some amazing waves crashing on rocks and you have photographers’ paradise.

This image was taken one evening in west Iceland. The rainbow appeared as the sun was setting to our back.  The warm evening sun on the church and obviously the rainbow itself made this an inspirational moment. Light and atmospheric conditions are the paint brushes of photography.

My first trip to Iceland was many, many years ago when the country was relatively undiscovered. I had a good start on my hitchhike around the island when a truck driver convinced me that continuing was a bad idea.  Just 50 miles from the Artic Circle, in October, with limited cold weather gear, retreating was a good call.

Robin and I returned a few years ago and it was every bit as beautiful as I remembered, though a little bit busier. Iceland has been discovered with nearly 10 times the country’s population of 360,00 visiting as tourists each year. I recommend it.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is All works are copyright protected.


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