Voyage of the Vasiliy Golovnin Ep.2 (2006)
Episode 2. January 13-15 2006.
The Southern Ocean en route to Casey Station.
This was my first ever experience of the deep ocean – where what at first-hand seemed like a huge ship became a tiny microcosm afloat upon the plumbless depths. A genuinely existential experience that brought home to me our deeply terrestrial mis-leading view of the world. Most of the living space on Earth is in the ocean. We live on a water planet. It’s huge and alien and full of wonders and terrors. This first voyage really opened my eyes – the oceans are something humanity is having a significant impact upon and it is terribly important that we understand them scientifically and culturally – and that we look after them. They are not a ‘resource,’ they are the life-blood of the world.
A videoblog of the Voyage of the Vasiliy Golovnin on a continental resupply of the three main Australian Bases, Casey, Davis & Mawson in 2006.
I was fortunate to receive the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship in that year, where I shot a stereoscopic 3D movie and a number of high-definition panoramas. It was a great adventure, fulfilling a life-long dream to experience the frozen continent at the bottom of the world. The blank spaces on the map.
The videoblog was shot on my trusty Canon Powershot Pro 1 camera – an 8.3 Megapixel device. It could shoot video at 320x240px @15fps for max 3 minutes; 640x320px for ~ 30 seconds per shot, recording 11Kz mono audio.
Basically, the video was pretty dreadful (as you can probably see) – but it was good enough for blogging with – and I managed to post a few videoblogs from Antarctica via satellite, when I was at the bases. But I shot a lot more than I ever uploaded. This is that other material.
It’s a ‘digitally restored’ version using current software tools, mainly for posterity and also for the friends I made on the voyage – and for anyone else out there who cares to watch. I hope you enjoy it.