Kenneth Powell – Peterborough Public Library 2024

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Kenneth Powell Iceland, Including Circumnavigation by Ship

Peterborough Public Library
Lower Foyer
345 Aylmer St N
Phone 705 745.5382

Monday to Friday: 10 am to 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

Closed Monday, April 1

Meet the Photographer
Tuesday April 2, 9 & 16
2 pm to 4 pm

Kenneth Powell
Phone 705-930-2304

Kenneth Powell

Iceland, Including Circumnavigation by Ship

In July 2023 my wife and I travelled to Iceland and spent some days initially  in the capital city, Reykjavik, and the surrounding countryside. We then boarded our ship, the Ocean Endeavour, contracted by Adventure Canada, and circumnavigated the island for 11 days.

These photos will take you on a visual journey into and around this rugged, primordial island on the edge of the Arctic Circle. The land is still forming so volcanoes, hot springs and lava fields mix with glaciers, rivers and waterfalls along with abundant sea life and birds.

Widely known as "the land of fire and ice," Iceland is home to some of the world's most active volcanoes and largest glaciers. It is also the land of light and darkness, all which make for wonderful photo opportunities.

We visited a number of communities, taking shore excursions utilizing zodiacs. Lectures were presented on many subjects (culture, including the Icelandic language, sea animals and bird life, geology, geography, and history).

Iceland is located at the intersection of the constantly drifting apart tectonic plates of America and Eurasia, which are volcanically active, and we were seeing evidence of this reality. In the last few days of our journey a volcano began erupting about 30 kilometres SW of Reykjavík. Apparently, as they say, “it’s the Fagradalsfjall Volcano system awakening again”.


Ken Powell

Ken has been behind a camera lens ever since he borrowed his father’s Leica when he was 14. Since then, photography has been a passion undiminished by time and circumstance.

His knowledge and experience has been built up through both taking and teaching courses and seminars, camera club memberships, commercial assignments - but mainly by shooting a whole bunch of photos.

His emphasis has been eclectic, but with a leaning to the outdoor world. He has connected his scuba diving with a large body of work taken underwater. His passions for canoeing, kayaking and wilderness travel, and his proclivity to carrying his camera wherever he goes, has resulted in a record of those endeavours. Through extensive travel around the world he attempts to document and interpret the resulting wide variety of cultural distinctions.

Ken has spent a number of years in the oil industry in Canada and internationally. Subsequently he was a business consultant, was Associate Director of the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School, and taught part time at Seneca College. He has served/serves on the boards of a number of organizations. He currently writes a blog on a wide variety of subjects. It can be found at:

He is married to Penny Rush and together they have five children and eight grandchildren.

This is Ken’s 10th exhibition in the SPARK  Photo Festival. He has been exhibiting his photographs since the festival’s inception in 2013.

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