My opening recommendation for this book is... buy 2 copies. One for you and for someone who you know absolutely loves photography, Antarctica, penguins, seals... or absolutely stunning coffee table books. You see, if you do order just one copy as a gift for someone you will no doubt be ordering a second because it really is an inspiring book to hold and admire. One can only ponder what the photographer had to endure and experience to get these shots. If Antarctica is on your "bucket list" of things to do then this book is just the impetus you need to get there. Beautifully bound and the highest quality photo reproduction has been used and there are many gatefold pages that open out to 3 times the size of a normal page. The book is approximately 30 centimetres squared and is quite heavy and a few centimetres thick. Very highly recommended and one of my favourite books for 2012. Enjoy!
Reviewed by Tony Nash, Booktopia's CEO
This collection of striking images from Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic is the result of six journeys made by Australian photographer David Neilson on his quest to capture the exquisite light of these southernmost lands.
Between 2002 and 2008 he made three voyages from Ushuaia in Southern Argentina to the Antarctic and the sub-Antarctic. In 2002 he sailed on the yacht Tooluka to the remote island of South Georgia in the middle of the South Atlantic. This heavily glaciated island with numerous high alpine peaks has a remarkable profusion of wildlife along its coasts. In 2006, and again in 2008, he sailed on the yacht Australis to the Antarctic Peninsula. This best-known part of Antarctica contains some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere on the planet and presents many opportunities for photographing scenes of exceptional drama and beauty. Deception Island, Cuverville Island, Paradise Harbour, Mount Francais, Port Charcot, Lemaire Channel and Elephant Island are among the places covered.
In 1990 David Neilson received a Humanities Program position from the Australian Antarctic Division, and in 2004 the Division awarded him an Antarctic Arts Fellowship. These fellowships enabled him to spend two summers photographing in East Antarctica while based at Australia's Mawson Station. Here he photographed the extensive wildlife around the coast and made three trips to the rarely visited Auster emperor penguin colony. Inland he photographed the Framnes Mountains, the remote Prince Charles Mountains and the Vestfold Hills near Davis Station.
In 2009 he journeyed to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica, south of New Zealand, and photographed the Transantarctic Mountains, the active volcano Mount Erebus and the enigmatic McMurdo Dry Valleys. He also photographed several historic sites from the heroic era of polar exploration, including Robert Scott's Terra Nova hut at Cape Evans and the Southern Cross hut at Cape Adare where the Borchgrevink expedition was the first to spend a winter in Antarctica.
This evocative collection of photographs reveals a part of the grandeur and mystery of this great southern realm. There are 130 colour images and 100 black-and-white photos reproduced in duotone. Many of the landscape images were taken with a large-format view camera. There is also extensive coverage of the wildlife including emperor, king, Adelie, gentoo, chinstrap, royal and macaroni penguins, wandering, royal and grey-headed albatross, and crabeater and fur seals.
The text comprises a narrative of the six photographic journeys and essays on climate change and protecting the Antarctic environment. Five detailed maps give a geographic context for the photographs.
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Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 1st April 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 39.5 x 30.5 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 3.0