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The Hot Breath of the Planet

While millions of passengers suffered this April from the aviation chaos caused by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, there was at least one person, Lev Granovsky, scientist, volcanologist and photographer, who was actually enjoying this volcano. He was one of the few people whom the Icelandic authorities allowed to hire a helicopter to fly around the volcano and take photographs. As a scientist, the volcanic process interests Granovsky. As a photographer, he looks for unique compositions, lighting and subjects. Thus we see works that could illustrate scientific papers, but which are at the same time artistically interesting.

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According to Granovsky, photography is the reflection of what a person remembers seeing in a landscape. His current exhibition is entitled: The Hot Breath of the Planet. He has been visiting such “hot” spots for four years now. His photographs are as rare as the lava streams and ornaments the volcanoes they produce. The exhibition is divided into three zones, Kamchatka, Hawaii and Iceland, to reflect three eruptions of different magnitude.

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