Icelandic Horse

Even when I first became interested in photography and I was in my ‘photograph anything and everything’ phase there is one subject that I’ve never been particularly bothered about: wildlife photography. But, you can’t visit Iceland and not realise that there is something unusual about the Icelandic horse; they look, well, different.

Before arriving in Iceland I had used Google image search to get an idea of the various sights worth seeing and there were quite a few of the Icelandic horses, including one particular one of a white horse. It was a head-on shot of the horse with parts of the surrounding field and its tail in the background. But it was too noisy for my minimalism-craving brain – too many visual distractions – and I found myself recomposing the image in my head.

This horse was found just west of one of my most favourite places along the southern coast, Vik; the only white horse in a field of chestnut ones. It wasn’t difficult to get the horses to come close, presumably as they were curious to see if I had any food. What was difficult was to get this white one to come close and then stay interested long enough for me to lie down and capture him against the white sky.

Icelandic Horse


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  1. Pam Harris April 30, 2016 at 17:00 #

    Nice photo. You did well to keep the horse both interested and still.

    • Dave May 1, 2016 at 15:34 #

      Thanks, I actually have a another image in my head and a variation on this one. As I’m bound to make it back to Iceland – maybe this November if Guatemala falls through – it’ll be on my list of key shots.

  2. Telfar bag medium November 5, 2022 at 07:39 #

    Many people feel that this season is too hot. When summer comes, my whole body is always sweaty and very uncomfortable.

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