Erez Marom discusses his photo ‘Watery Grave’ of what he describes as a “grisly scene” of the mass herring deaths in Kolgrafafjörður fjord near Grundarfjörður on Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland, in February 2013, in his latest article on dpreview.com.
“This image is special to me for two reasons: First of all, it’s a very unique image, telling a story you don’t come across very often. Secondly, I’ve had to put in work I usually don’t do when it comes to post-processing, to make it look right,” Marom explained.
He happened to be in the vicinity scouting workshop locations when the accident occurred. “I was wondering what the smell was about before being told, but as bad as it was, I had to see it for myself. When nearing the bay, the smell got worse until I got severely nauseated.”
“There was no option but to walk on countless dead herring, not a pleasant experience if I might say so, but seeing the scene, I felt I could get a truly unique shot here, since this kind of thing only happens once every several years,” he went on.
“Tons upon tons of herring entered Kolgrafafjörður … and simply suffocated from lack of oxygen in the fjord’s water. This was sadly caused by man-made constructions which limited water (and hence oxygen) circulation in the bay. A very sad outcome indeed,” he commented.