Old photos are a strong witness of history and of past times. National Geographic has recently published a century old photos of Antarctica, made before we were in the midst of strong climate changes. Photographer Herbert Ponting took the photos of the coldest continent in the early 20th century, a hundred years ago. They don’t only show the landscapes of Antarctica, but also the animals, explorers of the Terra Nova expedition, and their ships. All these photos testify of the era that’s now so far behind us. And not only are they valuable – they are also beautiful.
Ahead of Shackleton’s main crew though was a group of brave men, known as the Ross Sea Party, whose goal was to create vital depots of supplies for Shackleton to use along the way. While setting up depots was the main goal, a team photographer also took photos of the punishing adventure.
For almost a century, the resulting photos from the Ross Sea Party team has been stuck in Antarctica, frozen together inside a small box that lay inside the 1911 darkroom of expedition photographer Herbert Ponting.
The images have since been found though, and as part of the mission of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, the 22 cellulose nitrate negatives have been painstakingly brought back to life despite spending a century clumped together inside a box on the cold, barren block of ice that is Antarctica. [Read more…]
What started as a journey to capture the icebergs and splendor of the Arctic and Antarctica has become a photographer’s attempt to battle climate change with her photos.
Camille Seaman spent a decade photographing icebergs and wildlife in some of the harshest environments on Earth until she decided to stop her polar trips in 2011, as there was almost no ice left.
“There was nothing on the radar for ice,” said the San Francisco bases photographer, adding that they could have continued sailing to the North Pole had they had enough fuel.
“I can’t say making a photo is very important. In fact I feel sad it’s all I can do. But that’s what I can do so that’s what I’m gonna do”.
While the evidence that humans are responsible for the global climate change is overwhelming, even non-believers will enjoy Seaman’s fascinating photos.