The South Georgia Islands and Antarctica
The South Georgia Islands and Antarctica are forbidding, remote, and amazing places. Both places are subject to extreme weather and raging seas. Both are incredibly beautiful and awe inspiring. South Georgia has rugged peaks, heavy glaciation, and a huge variety of wildlife. The Antarctic Peninsula is — wild. I tried to photograph in both places with a different point of view, one that hopefully, challenges the viewer to see these places in a different light.
South Georgia is a little known island within the Antarctic Convergence, the boundary between Antarctic waters and sub-Antarctic waters. Other than a research station and small museum at Grytviken on the north side of the main island, South Georgia is uninhabited. It was at Grytviken that Shackleton found help to rescue his men on Elephant Island, and is there, that he was buried after suffering heart attack on his ship on a later expedition.
Antarctica is huge — the size of the United States and Mexico combined. Roughly ninety-eight percent of the continent is covered with an ice sheet that is over one mile thick. Everything there is on an enormous scale, the ice, the wind, the mountains, and the seas. It is a challenging and wonderful place to photograph. There, one feels ones own fragility.
Antarctica’s Deception Island is an active volcano that last erupted in the 1970s. A narrow inlet, formed by the partial collapse of the volcanic cone, allows ships to enter. It is covered with ice, lava, and black volcanic sand. The mix creates large, abstract forms that seem otherworldly.