Another moment I'll remember forever... As we moved through the Gerlache Strait at sunset, humpback whales were in every direction as far as the eye could see. As you focused on whales of the distance, others would surface near you. When they blew air through their blowhole, the vaporized water caught the evening light. So as the sunset, there were golden geysers blasting out of the water in every direction and distance. It was nothing short of a marvel.// #keepexploring#naturelovers#whale#CCMLAR2018#adventureculture#earthfocus#Antarctica#sunset
This is Yoanna. He's French and an all around badass. Yoanna is crew/Swiss army knife of the Hans Hanson. He hardly speaks and lives on a boat year round. You need to get dropped off some remote location to get a shoot is nasty weather? He's got you. Your massive tripod punctured the zodiac? Don't worry he can fix that. Need someone to climb the mast and scout for icebergs? Yoanna is on it. That's why I couldn't help but laugh when three weeks into the trip when Yoanna (hardest working guy around) had a spare few minutes, fell asleep on rock, and a penguin came up out of nowhere and started fronting. // #penguin#adventureculture#assignment#moretoexplore#portrait#outside_project #Antarctica#createexplore#naptime#outsideculture
Getting lost in your element. // Over the course of the trip, Keith and I would be dropped off on shore and get to work. I'd dive into getting gear ready and he'd go get frames. Ever once in a while, I'd look up and wonder where Keith was. It was like playing, "Where's Waldo?" I'd look around the surreal landscape we were in and always find him in a different spot. It's taught me the importance of being ready for any possible condition to find ever possible angle. // #adventureisoutthere#createexplore#adventureculture#Antarctica#whereswaldo#outside_project
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Our skipper, Dion Poncet, in the engine room of the Hans Hanson. Dion is a man of few words but he was born in Antarctic and understands its waters better than almost anyone else alive. I felt privileged to get to know him. One of the few people with more knowledge than Dion is his father, Jerome Poncet. This man was described to me in the Falklands as a 'sea gypsy from another era.' That description isn't wrong. Really. Google him. // #portraits#adventureisoutthere#seagypsy#Antarctica#createexplore
Back from the land of ice and snow. I returned two days from a 30 day expedition to Antartica. I keep getting moments of disbelief as I think about my experiences there and all of the amazing people I got to work with and help on the project.
As Mr. Nicklen describes below, this was a rough few days in the open ocean. I knew this assignment was going to teach me things about myself but I can't express how honored was to learn from all of the people I shared this experience with. The Drake Passage might be one of the finest examples of me learning from our team quarterback, Shackleton himself (Paul). For three days the team was living in a dishwasher at sea. People felt groggy, weren't sleeping, some fighting sickness, others fighting the sensation of feeling stuck inside a boat AND amongst all of this, with a break in the weather, Paul with the energy of a kid at Christmas rallies everyone to get outside and shoot. People went from feeling uneasy to laughing and smiling. Furthermore, in Shackleton form, he made the call to put the drone in the air because it was the shoot our story needed. Watching that type of leadership was inspiring. ・・・
Video by @paulnicklen while on #assignment in #Antarctica for @natgeo // After four long days of enduring winds in excess of 60 knots and seas as high as 30 feet, as we crossed Antarctica’s infamous Drake Passage, we were finally able to go out on deck to capture the trailing edge of the dying storm.
The expedition vessel, Hans Hansson, piloted masterfully by Captain Dion Poncet, carried our team on the story-telling mission of a lifetime. For the first time in my career, I led a dream cast of talented individuals to tell one of the most important stories of our time. @cristinamittermeier, @ladzinski, @andy_mann, @shanemoorefilms, @craigwelch@pattersonimages and I poured our hearts and souls into this project to tell the story of this changing land and seascape across all story-telling platforms. With @sea_legacy and @natgeopristineseas. #CCAMLR2017#MPA#nature#naturelovers, #gratitude, #photographersforAntarctica#expedition#science#journey
Life in transit // Spending two days at the hotel across from the Santiago airport in Chile while the Antartica team assembles. // Colleen, 'Geometría Del Universo' // #createexplore#adventureisoutthere
Antartica I'm not one for pictures of myself, at all. People ask once and a while, 'hey, let me snag a photo of you.' I just shuffle me feet and go, 'naa, I'm good.' I just don't like being on that side of the lens. However, there are special occasions where I feel differently. This is one of the occasions. Today I head off on a 35 day expedition to Antartica with a number of my heroes. I know it's going to be intense, difficult at times, and a lot of learning but it will be the experience of a life time. The kind of experience that changes you. I took this photo around midnight last night after packing. This is where I'm at... I'm excited to see where I go. #offintotheunknown
Sandstone & Paint // I feel the word 'art' is thrown around a lot. Sure, art in and of itself is subjective and can be whatever you deem fit... however, I've begun to feel that 'art' (for me) isn't the finished product, nor is it the process. It's the way you allow yourself to engage with your every changing environment. To allow yourself be still with where you are, and then have a medium (any medium) to experience that relationship. Can I do that? No. I'm trying but my mind still races too much. I had an opportunity to photograph @emilieleelee paint in Antelope Canyon and that's where these thoughts started. Antelope Canyon is a famous location for photographers... it's nothing short of insane with tour groups moving through the slot canyons, photographers running around to capture every angle, and guides moving people along. Yet, in all of this, Emily set up an easel out of the way and just let the deluge of chaos flow past her. Guides even came up to us and said, "I've been here for 15 years and never seen this. I love what you're doing." I'm sure all forms of art can allow that level of engagement and stillness, but watching this scene unfold was humbling and ever reoccurring reminder that I need to slow down. // Fun fact: The amazing Dawn is in this photo too! // #moretoexplore#createexplore#adventureisoutthere#paint#keepexploring
With a mean annual rainfall of 252 in. each year, a high level even for the West Coast, Milford Sound is known as the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand and one of the wettest in the world. Rainfall can reach 10 in. during a span of 24 hours. The rainfall creates dozens of temporary waterfalls cascading down the cliff faces and constant low level clouds blowing off ridge lines. Milford Sound's unique climate creates scenery so dramatic, you just wanna keep going back again and again and again. // #middleearth#adventureculture#keepexploring#outsideculture#moretoexplore#outside_project #mountains#ridgeline#cloudporn#frodobaggins
This is Ella. She's two, my first cousin once removed, and yes, she is as smart as she looks. I first met Ella a year ago to the day and was blown away by her personality. I'm not one to go crazy about babies, but there was something special about her. Meeting her a year later confirmed that. She sat across the table laughing, coloring, making faces at my brother, and nuzzling her mother. However, every once and a while you could see in her big eyes she was completely lost in thought. Her eyes would glow, then as if finishing an elegant conversation with the cosmos, she'd nod, look up and smile at me with wonder and understanding in her eyes. This playful grace and constant state of awe made me realize that's what I want for 2017. A two year old became my role model. I'm excited to explore 2017 in a constant state of wonder and awe. Thanks Ella! And Happy New Years!!!
Jungle days with the brother.
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Hope everyone had a magical Christmas/Holiday This is what the Shire was looking like a couple of days ago. // #theshire#moretoexplore
Dreams come true! I got to see one of my favorite animals, a penguin! Unique to New Zealand, the Yellow-Eyed penguin or ‘hoiho’ is the largest penguin living in a temperate region. It is 70cm tall and weighs over 5kg. A shy bird and probably the rarest penguin of all, it nests in coastal forest or scrubland on the east coast of the South Island (NZ). It also is also found on Steward Island and Sub-Antarctic Campbell and Auckland Islands. Otago peninsula is a stronghold, but mainland populations are considered threatened. Habitat lose is one of the animal's largest threats, but sea-lions (3rd clip in, on near by beach) play a part too. A majority of Yellow-Eyed penguins are tagged to help monitor their well-being. // Music: @moby "Everloving" // #outsideproject#penguins#yelloweyedpenguin#newzealand#adventureculture#moretoexplore
Where my mind is... // Music: @si_bonobo "The Keeper (Banks Remix)"
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