What an incredible experience cruising around the east coast of Greenland on the Ocean Nova; walking the tundra whilst it was snowing; sliding in small zodiacs beside Majestic icebergs standing like fairytale cities; standing under swirling auroras; watching whales play; walking on 3 billion year old exposed rocks; breathing with the earth as the wind blew directly from the North Pole; hearing in my mind the chants of Thule and Paleo Inuit ceremonies and seeing their glyphs and symbols and myths; listening to the crunch of frazzle ice fracture as the bow sliced through the ice; I felt places which expanded the energy of the earth and others which were dying places where the remains of animals and humans congregated and transmuted into the elements of the Earth.
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 the Denmark Straights with our intent in to explore the fjord system of Kong Oscar Sund region on the East of Greenland. The ice charts indicated that our plans would need to be fluid because the sea ice from the Arctic Sea was shifting quickly south.
The sea was fine – quite a gentle roll and a few bumpy bits – and some were wishing they had their sea legs so they didn’t feel quite so nauseous. I was fine. I love the ocean and the movement and was excited and looked out my window continually from 5 am – not realising it wasn’t light until around 7am. I could see Icebergs in the mist and morning light!!!
Our first stop was at Cape Godfred Hansen on the northern aspect of Liverpool Land where we had our first cruise around in Zodiacs. It was wonderful!
As I said in my previous post that I was a bit lost…and I wasn’t quite sure about where to from her for me. The cold fresh sea air was to be the foundation for my clarity which I will share with you over the coming weeks how my clarity evolved and I have created a truly spectacular, beautiful and powerful body of work.
Until then, I hope you enjoy the happy snaps of our Journey through the east Coast of Greenland which can be seen by clicking this link here… and my expression of the journey of my exploration of my experience.