Computational Photography & Photogrammetry in action: in the service of a story.
A mood piece about Douglas Mawson’s bunk – as he may have woken up to see it in the Antarctic summer – apart from the 100+ years of change that subsequently accumulated. A kind of icy re-imagining of sleep and awakening. It is a fascinating place, rich with history and the re-imaginary – a kind of story you might want to pour yourself into. And it’s hard to get to, which makes it more peculiar – a good thing. An effort.
This is a photogrammetric reconstruction and animation from images I shot in 2010 during the Mawson’s Huts Foundation Expedition of that summer. It’s amazing how one can data-mine photo archives and use techniques of computational photography to create new space and perspectives for the telling of tales. This is just a first step.
The bunk dates from the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition to East Antarctica – Commonwealth Bay. East Antarctica was almost entirely unknown at the time.
My videoblogs of the expedition are here: petermorse.com.au/antarctica/antarctica-2009-10/
It’s wonderful to daydream yourself into the waking and sleeping moments of early Antarctic explorers, when the world was a very different place and this was all new and undiscovered.
And I should really acknowledge the music here – it has really helped: the wonderful work of Kai Engel