Click button to view new Vision - Greenland GalleryDefinition of vision 1a: the act or power of seeing: sight b: the special sense by ...
As a visual artist and philosopher ... my 'bodies of work' are conceptually based; meaning they have a voice. I have a voice through my work. I have a voice which is expressed through not only each single image and artwork; but amplified through the collection as a whole.
Over the past few weeks I have shared some images which are of a 'narrative' nature. Some go a little further and express an emotion I was feeling .... or were catalysts for my introspection. For me - a body of work is different.
A body of work is a collection of images which has a voice...which expresses a vision; a philosophy; poses questions; reflects a unified thought or concept.... and is where the collection of images and artworks is far greater than the sum of the individual items......MORE....
In these images...it would be easy to just look at the larger iceberg or mountains; because they don't need any work to find ...but it is when one looks to search for something which takes more effort to find... to search for elements which create a 'relationship' between them.... to have the awareness to want to take the time to investigate the smaller icebergs and what they bring to the relationship within the image... that the richness of the relationship develops between them... the more dynamic, interesting and unifying it becomes.
The smaller icebergs offer so much to the whole.... there is a sort of communion happening within the image between them ...each apart - yet interacting and in balance completing and unifying the relationship between them.
When the smaller icebergs are omitted, excluded or I had not had the awareness to see them... something is just lost in the dialogue in the relationship between the elements ... and it seems nowhere near as rich when they are not there; as when they are present and actually noticed.
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I was excited. I could feel in my tummy that we were going to see a Polar Bear. I popped on my Polar bear fluffy white hat… and I said to Wendy (the Avian specialist from previous trips who was journeying as a passenger this tour) that “We are going to see a bear!”
Wendy said “It is good to be positive..but it is highly unlikely and the possibility of seeing a bear is next to zero in this location.” Wendy sort of giggled at my child-like enthusiasm.. not believing for a second that we were going to see a Polar Bear. From the ship ...
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one unique for each to hold
just for one night…
in our hands
the knowing of the universe
for each of us to remember...
and then when the darkness leaves
and all the stars return -
that knowing is remembered in our heart
so that we each on earth may continue to shine as brightly
as the stars in the night sky.
When I saw this exquisite iceberg I heard – ‘Dichotomy’.
I saw the dichotomy between strength and softness; stability and fluidity; large and small; dark and light; movement and stillness; air and water; solid and liquid; above and below; reality and illusion.
What word comes into your thoughts when you see this image?
I recognised that whilst watching this beautiful iceberg.
Hadleigh - our tour operator, is fascinated by the archaeology and history of this area, and tried to generate interest with the government of Denmark to investigate further the remains of previous cultures which scatter the landscape. Hadleigh was not successful though, and the stories of those who once lived in this extreme environment may perhaps melt into the rocky ground over time.
There are still however some traces of Inuit culture threaded into modern life in towns in Greenland. We visited a small community called Ittorqqortoormiit.
Ittoqqortoormiit is located on Liverpool Land near the mouth of the northern shore of the Kangertittivaq fjord in Scoresby Sund.
On the afternoon prior to our visit we watched a video on the life of those living in Greenland communities in 2013. I wished I hadn’t viewed it actually. It painted a very gloomy scenario of the current situation within these communities, and I suspect sculpted for me a preconception of the town we were to visit.
How does one survive totally from the land in a traditional way – from the earth and sea in accordance with the seasons; in our modern world today? How does one eat traditional food of whale, seal and Polar bear when there are quotas – and yet... Click READ MORE to read more and see more images..
Beads of sweat were trickling down my spine as I stood in the chute where we were numbered and checked off - awaiting like parachutists to be spat out of the ship along the gang plank into one of 6 zodiacs; each escorting us through the magnificent ice.
Layered on my skin was a woollen baselayer; then my down vest; then my Quark coat; waterproof snow pants; bini; gloves; 2 cameras hanging on my double harness - each in a waterproof bag should there be any sea-spray; and last but not least - my 'muck boots - rubberised wet-suit material boots which were mandatory as well and actually not too bad..... oh not last - I nearly forgot; my life vest... which so many forgot only to realise when they were standing near the clipboard.
Hanging on THE clipboard to the left of our 'shute' was a piece of paper where we each had to initial we were disembarking; then initial we had returned. "Smiley" faces and other forms of hieroglyphics marked our departure and return. The ocean air and adventure brought out the playfulness in so many of us!
We were sailors - so we all used ... Click READ MORE below to read the rest of this post and go to the gallery of images.
The geology of igneous rocks of the Paleozoic age; Devonian extrusive rocks; and Cambrian deposits exposed themselves and created for me a sense of the age of the earth and gave me pause to reflect on my own significance as I walked the landscape.
We crossed a peninsular where the sun shone into the pristine water, and the stones were round from the constant rumbling of the ocean waves. I spent some time watching the expanding circles join and expand; as I tossed small stones into the crystal water. The path of reflections where the light refracted, danced across the wavy lines in the sad below. I felt child like.
Evidence of volcanic and glacial history were prominent in the landscape. Traces of animal steps ghosted the sand.
Once again I carried my pocket canon G16 to create photographs of this remarkable environment. Walk with me across this beautiful landscape on this stunning day by viewing my images by clicking READ MORE below; and imagine walking this pristine landscape with me.
I had a wave of emotion as the icy wind rushed past my cheek and my feet stepped carefully across the soft moist landscape. My childhood imaginary wish was manifesting. It was a little surreal. I was walking across the tundra in Greenland. I felt so privileged and humble.
Dave was leading a group of "fast/long walkers" at a landing on Ella Island. For each of the land excursions we had a choice of either a "fast/long walk"; a "medium walk"; or a "contemplative walk". I was missing my running and gym so chose the "fast/long walkers" and I was so glad I did. Dave was our guide and we climbed up to this wonderful saddle in the ridge-line. It was magical. Another world of snow and ruggedness.
I left my 'big' cameras on the ship and carried with me my trusty Canon G16; because firstly it was snowing!!! :-)... (Click READ MORE below to read more and see more images)
I have had the most wonderful and profound time exploring this part of the Arctic and would love to share with you over the coming weeks some of my experiences and photographs.
Max and I were members of a photographic journey with my friends John Paul Caponigro and Seth Resnick. It was wonderful to meet again some of my colleagues from previous photographic workshops and journeys.
In the late afternoon sailing north from Akureyri along the longest fjord in Iceland, we watched whales playing - a calf celebrating with its tail. I knew a wonderful journey was ahead.
During the night we crossed... to read more...