Antarctica 2008/9

Antarctica: After Werner Herzog – Oil on Canvas

Antarctica: After Werner Herzog – Oil on Canvas

Crevass – Oil on canvas

Crevass – Oil on canvas

Antarctica from the Icebreaker  – Watercolour on paper

Antarctica from the Icebreaker – Watercolour on paper

Antarctica: Split Ice – Oil on Canvas

Antarctica: Split Ice – Oil on Canvas

Antarctica: Iceberg

Antarctica: Iceberg

Antarctica: Intense Blue

Antarctica: Intense Blue

Time spent in Antarctica is a life changing experience. Simply trying to comprehend its scale (the same size as the USA in summer and double its size when the sea ice freezes in winter) and its isolation is difficult enough. Add to that the spectacular colours of the snow, ice, sea and sky, (the sunsets and sunrises are unmatched) with the sounds of silence, its surreal shapes and its overall beauty and danger and one is confronted by a full frontal assault on ones senses. This, the world’s largest and least explored wilderness, presents an intellectual, emotional and psychological challenge that is truly awesome. One might think that it is an artist’s paradise with so much visual stimulus but the task of capturing even a fleeting sense of its beauty, meaning and impact is daunting. These images are my attempts at that task.