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Space and Tranquillity

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“I carried the memory of Antarctic alike a mantra or a prayer, an inner place of space and tranquillity when my days seemed cramped or chaotic… I think of the great silence that lies unbroken in the south. I think … Continue reading

Arctic Light

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“If I were a painter I would be taken with the fullness and subtle qualities of the light here. You have the colour balances from all twenty-four hours from which to choose, the sweeping lines of crisp desert vistas under … Continue reading

A remarkable appearance of the Aurora Borealis

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‘Later in the evening Hansen came down to give notice of what really was a remarkable appearance of aurora borealis. The deck was brightly illuminated by it, and reflections of its light played all over the ice. The whole sky … Continue reading

Seeing the Aurora

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“It is impossible to witness such a beautiful phenomenon without a sense of awe and yet this sentiment is not inspired by its brilliancy but rather by its delicacy in light and colour, its transparency, and above all by its … Continue reading

Aurora

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Of bronze and blaze The north, to-night! So adequate its forms, So preconcerted with itself, So distant to alarms, — An unconcern so sovereign To universe, or me, It paints my simple spirit With tints of majesty, Till I take … Continue reading

The Arctic Night

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‘Nothing more wonderfully beautiful can exist than the Arctic night. It is dreamland, painted in the imagination’s most delicate tints: it is colour etherealized. One shade melts into the other, so that you cannot tell where one ends and the … Continue reading

Communication and recognition

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“My theory is that the purpose of art is to transmit universal truths of a sort, but of a particular sort, that in art, whether it’s poetry, fiction or painting, you are telling the reader or listener or viewer something … Continue reading

Landscape

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‘I prefer to take ‘landscape’ as a collective term for the temperature and pressure of the air, the fall of light and its rebounds, the textures and surfaces of rock, soil and building, the sounds (cricket screech, bird cry, wind … Continue reading

Gathering treasure

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‘Caminar es atesorar!’ ‘To walk is to gather treasure!’ Spanish saying

Light

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Light Light The visible reminder of Invisible Light. T.S. Eliot, Choruses from The Rock

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