For 20 days in November, I was aboard the Polar Pioneer. An ice-hardened ship built specifically for the Arctic & Antarctic regions of the planet, travelling towards the coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth – Antarctica.
To say I’m nervous about putting on my first photography exhibition would be a pretty big understatement. It’s a hell of a lot of work (more than I knew!), and it’s putting my work on display for everybody to see. But it’s something I’ve wanted to do for over 10 years and I truly believe this work is something I want to share with the world and something a lot of people will want to see!
I’ve just noticed that I haven’t posted to this blog in over 6 months, and this exhibition is pretty much the reason why.
You see, last November I did something most people can only dream of – I travelled down to Antarctica!
For me personally, it had been over 2 years of planning (and saving!) to get down there.
I’ve wanted to travel to Antarctica since I was a kid. Always watching National Geographic & David Attenborough and watching the majestic ice bergs and massive colonies of King Penguins thinking I would never get to such a remote location. Then I saw an ad on Google, and everything changed.
I started seeing the photos, the videos, the ships that travelled down there and reading blogs and trip reports. I was hooked! I needed to get to Antarctica.
After travelling to South Africa 6 years ago on a dedicated Photographic Safari with Wild4 Photographic Tours, I knew that visiting such an amazing place like Antarctica would be best done with like-minded people. Photographers that didn’t mind waking up at 3am, standing in the cold to get “that shot” or sitting quietly to wait for the wildlife to adjust and act naturally around you.
That’s when I found Joshua Holko, and his company Photography Expeditions. Josh is an award-winning fine art photographer who specializes in capturing the Arctic & Antarctica regions. And he runs dedicated tours year-round to these regions for photographers to join him.
Fast forward 18 months and I was packing my gear and flying down to a small town called Ushuaia, Argentina to board an ice hardened ship The Polar Pioneer along with the crew from Aurora Expeditions.
The whole time I was visiting Antarctica & South Georgia Island, I had the intention of putting an exhibition on when I returned. But I wasn’t convinced my work would suit a gallery, or that people would want to see it.
But after 3 months of editing, countless hours sorting and re-editing, I’m very proud to announce my first photography exhibition will be held in Sydney at X88 Gallery, Chippendale!
I’m insanely proud of the work I’m showing (my best work to date, in my opinion!), and from comments of people who have seen some of it…I’m sure you will be too!
All the details are below, including Opening Night, operating hours and a description.
Southern Exposure: South Georgia Island & Antarctica
Opening Reception: 19th March, 6-8PM
Opening Hours: 20th – 26th March, 11AM – 6PM Daily
Location: X88 Gallery, 88 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, NSW 2008
For 20 days in November, Anthony was aboard the Polar Pioneer. An ice-hardened ship built specifically for the Arctic & Antarctic regions of the planet, travelling towards the coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth – Antarctica.
Being fortunate enough to be with like-minded photographers, he was able to visit the remote South Georgia Island. Home to some of the world’s largest colonies of King Penguins, towering mountains and untouched landscapes. Working from sunrise to sunset capturing the unique and abundant wildlife and dramatic landscapes, which makes most of the region uninhabitable.
Sailing down towards Antarctica passing tubular icebergs larger than city buildings, snow-capped mountains & midnight-blue waters. Glaciers & icebergs in unimaginable shades of deep, vibrant blue. The elusive 7th continent finally arrives in all its glory.
Southern Exposure brings the harsh, raw & desolate landscape of the region to life. Showing the surreal scale and colours of Antarctica, paired with spectacular wildlife and dramatic scenery.