One of my favorite photographers Adrian Kinloch excels at capturing the liminal spaces where cities break down and bleed back into nature. I wish he were here on Antarctica to capture the industrial structures and cargo crates we live amidst at McMurdo Station, fringed by such colossal wildness in every direction.
I took my best crack at photographing the edges of our base camp; to me these photos evoke the prescient Apsley Cherry-Garrard quote from 1922 about this very place.
"Ross Island is not a place for settlement; it is a place for an elaborately equipped scientific station, with a staff in residence for a year at a time. Our stay of three years was far too much: another year would have driven the best of us mad.”
Antarctica Week continues! Our friend Jynne reports:
Kelly Hall and Kathy Richmond drive our badass Antarctic vehicles including the Delta!
Kelly’s favorite NPR show is Fresh Air. She recommends Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler, which is the book that made her want to come to Antarctica - it combines Wheeler’s own experience visiting various research stations with information about the early explorers.
Kathy’s favorite NPR show is All Things Considered. Kathy hopes someday to walk the Camino in Spain, so she recently enjoyed reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, which she found to be brave and gutsy.
And I’d add that if you enjoy Sara Wheeler’s work, her biography of polar explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard is really great.
Cherry-Garrard accompanied Robert Falcon Scott’s doomed polar expedition — but survived after Scott ordered him to turn back partway to the South Pole. He wrote about his experiences on the expedition — particularly a grueling winter march in search of penguin eggs — in The Worst Journey in the World, one of the best adventure books of all time.
(I’m sure it would have been a better journey had Kelly and Kathy been there to drive … but then we wouldn’t have had the book, I guess?)
I love the badass ladies here who drive the enormous vehicles!