Category: antarctica

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Day 2 Thoughts & Opening the Hut (almost)

There’s so much to describe here – it is the most amazingly beautiful place. A few kilometers of bare mid-grey gneissic rock jutting out to sea, rising to a few low hills of shattered stone, swathed in snow and bands of blue ice, some frozen lakes of pure fresh water...

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Rough Seas in the Furious Fifties

Here’s a panorama I shot from the deck above the helipad, the evening before last. The seas were rising and picked up to a 5-6 metre swell – meaning a very uncomfortable night not sleeping as I was tossed around in my bunk. This shot gives an idea – it’s...

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First Day on the High Seas

The day has been bright blue and warm in the sun, as L’Astrolabe passed 47º21S 146º21E (according to my new GPS unit), but starting to get chilly as the evening sets in. I spent much of today lying in my bunk recovering from a dose of avomil – anti-seasickness medication...

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Voyage of the Vasiliy Golovnin Ep.5

Episode 5. January 22 2006. 10th day at sea. The Vasiliy Golovnin is almost brought to a standstill in the pack ice – which extends in all directions – the most magnificent vista. Penguins, a Leopard Seal, a Wandering Albatross, a romantic sunset. New friendships. Next day we arrive at...

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Voyage of the Vasiliy Golovnin Ep.4

Episode 4. January 21 2006. 9th day en route to Casey Station, across the Southern Ocean. The sea calmed more and more, and sleet began to fall, until an eerie stillness settled upon the ocean – and finally upon the horizon – the First Iceberg. A truly thrilling moment. After...

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Voyage of the Vasiliy Golovnin Ep.3 (2006)

8th day en route to Casey Station, across the Southern Ocean. The seas had calmed down a lot, after a few wild days. People were up from their bunks and beginning to mingle and getting to know one another. The ship, a kind of mechanical fiction, imperative and changing –...

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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...

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Voyage of the Vasiliy Golovnin (2006) Ep.1

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...