Antarctica is a land of superlatives. The roughest seas in the world shield its secrets. It is the coldest, highest, windiest, iciest and , ironically,the driest continent on the planet.
As one emerges from the dreaded Drake Passage into calmer waters, her fortresses of rock and ice present a forbidding visage. Clouds and snow amplify this magnificent mystery that is Antarctica. One starts to connect with the true meaning of the superlatives. The extremes define Antarctica. It is like a dream unfolding, albeit a distant one. No wonder, it was the last continent that we humans realised even existed! Our knowledge of the ice continent is still evolving. And it remains the wildest place on Earth, with no permanent human habitation ever in history.
While preparing for my third trip to the Antarctic peninsula at the start of this year, I was a bit skeptical. Would this trip be any different from the previous ones? Would familiarity with the landscape colour my experiences? Would I be bored of the place? Turns out I was overthinking, as usual.
As my initial euphoria of being in Antarctica again sobered down, I consciously started connecting with my emotions. I wanted my photographs to showcase my version of Antarctica. The way I see it and feel it – stark and minimal. It is a galore of contrasts (like the superlatives), dominated by the ice. Mountains, rocks, clouds, seas, and most of the other big wildlife here make their presence felt and bring the contrasts to life.
Presenting a series of photographs from my January 2023 expedition to Antarctica. These photographs convey some of my deepest thoughts and emotions about the ice continent. I have processed some of them in monochrome to show the contrasts and the mood.
All these photographs are available as high-quality prints, and it would be an honour if you want to put them up on your walls. Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know more about purchasing them.
This blog was written by Shreeram MV, a PGP alumnus from the batch of 2004. Shreeram is a professional wildlife photographer who has traveled across the world to capture awe-inspiring and captivating images of animals in their natural environments. We are extremely thankful for this contribution. You can catch more of his travels through his blogs at https://shreeram.ghost.io/