44 images Created 13 Sep 2016
Mention polar bears, Antarctica or penguins and people's eyes open very wide. These subjects have that ability to transport the imagination to another alien world - one of ice and snow. My encounters with the ice worlds began with my first tour to the Svalbard Archipelago in 2007 - an expedition vessel cruising the frozen islands, in search of the elusive and enigmatic polar bear. From day one, I was hooked. It wasn't just the bears, it was the whole environment. Pristine, unspoilt wilderness, abandoned by man for so long that nature has had that chance to sweep us under the carpet. Jagged mountains encased in ice, mirror calm waters, ice bergs, glaciers, monumental bird colonies... Then, in 2009, I spent a month in Antarctica and it was even more astounding and jaw-droppingly huge! Glaciers and icebergs that dwarfed those in Svalbard. Penguin colonies with hundreds of thousands blackening the mountainsides with their vast numbers. Both are photographically challenging, but Svalbard is obviously more accessible and I've been fortunate to return many times, guiding other photographers and working as part of an expedition team. I miss it. Always.