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Camera House : Better Pictures 13
Astunning new photographic exhibition that documents Antarctica, the last great wilderness on Earth, has taken over the Australian National Maritime Museum to provide viewers with a unique perspective on this incomparable landscape. ‘Elysium Antarctic Visual Epic’ features more than 70 spectacular images from a 2010 expedition, led by Lowepro Ambassador and award-winning photographer Michael Aw of the Ocean Geographic Society. Almost a century after Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous 1914 Endurance expedition from the Antarctic Peninsula to South Georgia, the new Elysium expedition retraced Shackleton’s route across this vast white land. Assembled to document the epic journey was a team of 57 celebrated photographers, filmmakers, artists, musicians and scientists from 18 countries. The Elysium team spent 19 days visually documenting Antarctica, capturing life above and below the ice in its entire breathtaking splendour. Tackling the same route that Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew travelled after they lost the Endurance in 1915 is still an arduous task. The Elysium expedition travelled from the Weddell Sea, across the infamously treacherous Drake Passage to South Georgia. Along the way, the expedition had a major environmental mission to undertake – to demonstrate how global warming is affecting the flora and fauna of the Antarctic region. Tiny marine life forms such as plankton and krill, essential to the survival of the Antarctic ecosystem and important indicators of climate change, became key players in this photographic research. The unique talents of the assembled team ensured that the Elysium expedition captured the splendour of the fauna, terrain, sights and sounds of this fascinating region in a perspective that no-one has ever seen before. Every step of the journey was chronicled. Michael Aw, expedition leader said: “The mission was to encapsulate the splendour of the frozen continent – the sights and sounds of this enchanting region – through images that will serve as an important reference for monitoring climate change.” Visitors to the exhibit can find out what life was like on this expedition by viewing the behind the scenes images and short films. A movie about the Elysium expedition will also screen as part of the exhibition. Aw says: “This inaugural exhibition at the National Maritime Museum showcases the finest of the 20,000 images captured, and will allow visitors to immerse themselves in this awe inspiring region.” Find out more at anmm.gov.au ■ “The mission of the Elysium team was to encapsulate the splendour of the frozen continent. ” 19 feature AntArctic 018_Bpics13_Antartica2.indd 19 28/05/13 9:27 AM
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