In a way, though, the model was spoiling the picture for me; I just wanted to take a picture of the iceberg. I took some background pictures for myself first, and they came out so well that I knew I had to go back there. I returned on my own about five times, shooting landscapes, up until August 1996.
Most people don't ever see an iceberg. They don't have a sense of just how big they are, and they have preconceived ideas about them, through things like the sinking of the Titanic. They think of them as very menacing. They are awe-inspiring, but the atmosphere around them is not menacing: it's really peaceful and calming. There was no noise, no wind - all you can hear is the dripping ice.
When you see them, your mouth literally drops open. They are stunningly beautiful - turquoise blue. But I didn't want to photograph them in colour, because they look almost too amazing - almost like a poster image. I did get some great colour pictures, but I didn't use them; I wanted just to photograph the graphic nature of the icebergs. Until you see them in real life, you can't really imagine what they're like.
And they're never the same twice. You can never go back and repeat the picture, because they melt, break or go out to sea. Once you've taken the picture, you've got something totally unique, whereas most things we photograph can be rephotographed. You never know what you're going to get - it's a surprise every time you go there." Scott HughesReuse content