South of the Convergence

Antarctica is one of those few places left on Earth where there has never been war and where the environment is fully protected thanks to The Antarctic Treaty.  However, in 2048 this treaty comes up for global discussion and there are strong fears that it could be dismantled, thus opening up the fragile environment of the last frontier to the development and exploitation by global corporations.

In 2014, I made a series of images titled South of the Convergence during travels to the southernmost continent of Antarctica.

I photographed icebergs and ice floes from the deck of my icebreaker ship, and I started observing the fast-changing shapes and textures on the ocean surface as we were entering Antarctic waters.  

I wanted to reinterpret the surrounding ether of the ocean surface and the natural structures of ice in a way that freed myself from the subject matter, and the ambiguity of scale and substance helped the subject transcend its source which started to lose its original identity.  The landscape around me was transformed into a non-object, often drawing a wide range of associations with aerial, interplanetary and lunar landscapes and thus encouraging the viewer to look at Antarctica, abstracted from its vast landscape and sparking conversation about preserving this last untouched continent's natural beauty.