To me, these images, alive with patterns and color, look like abstract paintings. They are aerial photos of rivers flowing through Iceland’s endless beds of volcanic ash. Remember the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption which caused a major disruption to air traffic across Europe? Iceland has at least 30 active volcanic systems spewing tons of ash each year reconfiguring its landscape.
The photographer Andre Ermolaev says, “Iceland is a wonderful country; I would even say that it is a true paradise for all the photo shooting-lovers. But what has become a real discovery for me is the bird’s eye view of the rivers flowing along the black volcanic sand. It is an inexpressible combination of colors, lines, and patterns. The photo represents the mouth of the river falling into the ocean… A little bit upstream there is a yellow-colored brook flowing into the river, but yellow currents fail to mix with the main water flow. One can estimate the scale judging by the car tracks that are clearly seen on the black sand. This is just a river, just a volcano, just our planet.”