'Spending four days in Iceland shooting for Monocle's premium paper, Alpino, was an unforgettable experience. The unearthly landscape is a photographer's dream.
We spent the week training with the team, most of whom are either students, or retired folk, who love getting their hands greasy servicing the machinery.
It amazed me that these guys aren't paid a penny for their expertise and life-saving heroism. The economy is still so dire in Iceland that the organization is funded purely from volunteers and donations. But when you get to spend some time out here in the wilderness you realise why these guys do it.
The local petrol station seemed to be the only place for people to hang out, so these guys just love to have the opportunity to be social and practice their ice pick climbing skills.'