“Only the unknown frightens men…

But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

CoverI can’t wait to see The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton & Antarctic Photography at the Canterbury Museum (the library has copies of the book).

H. G. Ponting’s images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910 – 1913 and F. Hurley’s icescapes were taken during Ernest Shackleton’s polar expedition on the Endurance in 1914-16. They were presented to King George V and today belong to the Royal Photograph Collection.

From 20 August 2010 to 20 February 2011 Canterbury Museum is the only venue for this exhibition outside the Queen’s galleries. Not bad, eh?

I’m amazed by how they managed to get such good photos in such weather conditions, it demonstrates that it’s not the equipment that matters but the photographer’s ability (remember to breathe in when you press the shutter!).

If you want to hear and see how Antarctic photography works nowadays, book your spot at the Canterbury Museum for New Zealand’s independent publishing mogul, photographer and conservationist Craig Potton‘s presentation on the 26th of August 2010.

Or perhaps you might prefer to listen to the Curator of the Royal Photograph Collection on the 24th of August 2010.

Who is your favourite great outdoors photographer?

I am very fond of Light and Landscape by Andris Apse, beautiful New Zealand. And it’s hard not to be moved by Ansel Adams‘ black and white masterpieces.

4 thoughts on ““Only the unknown frightens men…

  1. Tom 3 August 2010 / 5:13 pm

    That ‘cool photos’ pun was accidental I promise…

  2. Donna 3 August 2010 / 5:22 pm

    Thanks, you’ve made me dead keen to see this exhibition.

    With you on the all As pair of Ansel Adams and Andris Apse – have seen exhibitions by both and they were sublime.

    Robin Morrison too.

  3. Karen 3 August 2010 / 9:00 pm

    Ansel Adam’s black & white photography is absolutely fantastic – never tire of seeing them whether in books or at exhibitions.

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