Merry Christmas to all our readers that celebrate that way and the very best of the season to those of you that celebrate in different ways. Phyllis and I want to thank all of you for visiting us here at AAC in 2013 and wish you good fortune and above all good health in 2014.
Now an apology. Somehow, having been on the road, well rail actually, for nearly two weeks, visiting family and friends, I lost the plot a bit on our annual Christmas Slideshow—previous years are here. It probably will happen, but it’s looking like it will be a New Year’s Slideshow instead. Also, because we have not been voyaging this year, the theme will be a bit different.
In the meantime, I thought I would share four of my most cherished photographs, which I made during our 2003 voyage to the remote Southeast Coast of Greenland. They share something that is really becoming rather rare: they were all made on film, which I think gives them a special feel or quality that differentiates them from the torrent of digital images flooding the internet these days. Yes, they are not as sharp as digital files, and if you look closely you will see film grain, but, at least to me, that is part of the film look.
Morgan’s Cloud, Arch Berg
This is my most popular image. It has appeared in calendars and on the front cover of magazines. The thing that makes it different from the hundreds of other boat-through-an-arch-berg photographs is that there was a glacier behind the berg. I got in the dinghy to get the shot while Phyllis motored the boat between the berg and the glacier.
Morgan’s Cloud, Skjoldungesund
In this shot you can see the set up for the one above. I took both pictures the day we spent circumnavigating Skjoldungen Island, which will always be one of my most cherished memories.
Midnight Off The East Greenland Coast
I made this image a little after midnight. Since there was ice in the water, we were heaved-to waiting for dawn to get going again.
Caroline Amalies Havn, East Greenland
This is one of the few really snug anchorages on the Southeast Greenland coast, and just about the only one where, due to the tiny shallow entrance, we can feel completely safe from drifting ice.
A Christmas Present for AAC Book Club Members
One more thing. If you are a member of the AAC Book Club, and logged in, we have a present for you: By right-clicking on the title links at the end of this post, you can download a high resolution copy of the above images (2880×1800 pixels). This is large enough to use for desktop wallpaper or a screensaver slideshow on any computer or tablet. We just want you to know how much we appreciate your support, which has finally made AAC sustainable.
On my computer, I have the images set up as a screensaver to come up after 10 minutes of computer inactivity. Great for dreaming when work gets to be a drag!This content is for members only.