The Voyage of Leif Erikson

Small Leif EriksonI love this picture so much, largely because Leif Erikson (in Icelandic, Leifur Eiríksson) looks as though he’s about to take the first step of his journey by walking off into the clouds. There’s the sense in this shot of someone following their dreams. It also reminds me of the ‘Fool’ in the Tarot, who steps off into an indeterminate destiny, supported only by his hopes and a profound belief in himself.

Leif Erikson is believed to have been born in Iceland, and this statue stands proudly before another Reykjavik landmark, Hallgrímskirkja, a 20th century cathedral built high on a hill overlooking the harbor. I took this picture on Iceland’s National Day, June 17th, which I thought was symbolic and appropriate—even though, to be honest, the picture was taken entirely serendipitously, since one cannot regulate the weather, nor do I have the power to make the clouds look as though Leif is about to step into them.

All you can do as a photographer is wait for the right moment, and then hope everything else you’ve made the camera do will produce the outcome you’re aiming for. This image is available at Fine Art America.

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