I just didn’t take that many photos in Iceland.

I wanted to take the time to really go through the photos I took in Iceland 2 years ago, and even though it wasn’t my intention, I just didn’t take that many images. Same thing happened when I went to Norway earlier this year.

At the time there was a surge of beautiful hipster-y images coming out of Iceland. So with reasonable flight prices and it only being about 4 hours away, I thought, “why not?”

I brought along with me a 35mm film camera, my professional digital camera, and of course my iPhone. But when I got there, pulling out a camera felt so cumbersome. It was understandably cold and the last thing I wanted was to take my hands out of my pockets to fiddle with nobs and apertures. I decided to let it roll and not force myself to take any photos. If I felt like it, I would.

Highlights: Lamb hotdogs, Icelandic horses, Hip Hop Club, the Blue Lagoon & the sun staying just below the horizon.

Lows: The cold (duh), the grayness (duh), the lack of trees (duh), and the super high prices of anything on the island compared to USD (duh). The Hip Hop Club. Yes I listed it under highlights because it was an experience, but um, I’m from the Bronx and I was scared. When a bunch of Vikings start rapping along to Biggie Smalls, using all the words, including the N-ones, you maybe start to think that it’s time to go. We also got bumped pretty much on purpose the whole night and I hear it’s a cultural thing.

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Ok, so I am not a graphic designer.

I respect good graphic designers enough to know that I am not one of them. Even though there are plenty of neat tools that make setting up a blog easy (I got the wordpress template from Creative Market), putting this blog together was still a little frustrating. I tried to make a fancy header but after about 2 hours or so I threw up a plain font and said forget it.

Ultimately the most important thing is to have a space where I can post personal photographs and ramble on, and I don’t want another excuse to prevent me from starting.

So that’s that, welcome!

Moving on! It’s been almost 2 years since our trip to Negril and I finally went through all 1200 photos. They were all taken on my iphone 5s. I’m glad it was the only camera I brought with me. I’ve actually found that I take less photos when I bring my professional gear on trips.

For about 5 days we stayed at Tensing Pen, ate Vegan Food and dove off cliffs.

Ras Rody Chelo Keys Photography

Chelo Keys Photography

The sea rolled right under our cottage at Tensing Pen. For days after we got home, in the first few seconds of waking from sleep, I could still hear the waves.

Tensing Pen Cottage - Chelo Keys Photography

Tensing Pen - Chelo Keys Photography

Tensing Pen - Chelo Keys Photography

Negril Jamaica - Chelo Keys Photography

Tensing Pen - Chelo Keys Photography

Tensing Pen - Chelo Keys Photography

Tensing Pen - Chelo Keys Photography

Tensing Pen - Chelo Keys Photography

Seriously the best vegan food on earth.

Ras Rody - Chelo Keys Photography

Negril - Chelo Keys Photography

Tensing Pen - Chelo Keys Photography

Tensing Pen Cottage - Chelo Keys Photography

Tensing Pen - Chelo Keys Photography

Negril Chelo Keys Photography

 Chelo Keys Photography

Tensing Pen - Chelo Keys Photography

Chelo Keys Photography

Tensing Pen - Chelo Keys Photography

Tensing Pen - Chelo Keys Photography

Tensing Pen - Chelo Keys Photography

Chelo Keys Photography

 Chelo Keys Photography

And then back at the airport, these amazing colors.

 Chelo Keys Photography

I can’t wait to go back.