Photographer Exhibits Iceland In Pottstown Show

POTTSTOWN PA – Forget scenes of Iceland familiar to the public from the television show “Game of Thrones.” Photographer John Welsh spent a total of seven months in the country during seven trips, shooting nearly 8,000 landscape images. His take? It’s a little bit different than what you’ll see on the tube.

Welsh, a professional photographer and photojournalist, first traveled to Iceland in the early 2000s to “explore a little bit” for New Year’s and Christmas. “When I travel, I want to find new places and talk to the people,” he said, recalling a first meeting during his initial visit. Welsh said Iceland offered something other than the “traditional” landscapes of other countries.

“There’s nothing like Iceland,” he said. “When I was there, it was a place people would go, but back then the number of tourists every year didn’t equal the population of Iceland.” With the popularity of the “Game of Thrones,” Iceland now sees many more visitors. Welsh hopes a new exhibit, which features Iceland’s lava fields, glaciers and seascapes, helps spectators see Iceland “in a different light.”

He’s selected 34 of the best from among thousands of images to showcase in an exhibition titled “John Welsh: Iceland and Other Travels,” being held Aug. 29 (Wednesday) through Oct. 20 (Saturday) in the North Hall Fine Arts Gallery on the west campus of Montgomery County Community College, 16 E. High St. “It’s not just getting off a tour bus and taking 10 pictures and leaving,” Welsh added.

In addition to his Iceland landscape images, Welsh will showcase 16 photos of the Delaware River, a long-term project involving shooting the waterway from the headwaters. The retrospective takes the 31-year photographer back to his roots, as he shoots the Delaware River and the Schuylkill River in black and white.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Group tours may be scheduled by contacting Galleries Director Patrick Rodgers at prodgers@mc3.edu or 215-619-7349.

Photo (at top): “Leirhnjukur” by John Welsh via MCCC

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