The Frozen Latitudes Expeditions
Have you ever had the feeling of being alone, completely exposed to the nowhere under bitterly cold conditions? I did! In several expeditions with a small group of friends over nearly 30 years we were literally cut-off from the civilization for several weeks. There was no telecommunication, no infrastructure, no contact to anyone. Just us and the forces of the Arctic nature. Every step created a lasting impact on the ground, followed by a clear, crunchy noise as our feet compressed various layers of snow. The strong wind in our faces caused pain and one crew member froze his feet and couldn’t feel them for several months. But we had to go on. By ranging deeper and deeper into the remote land we got so much rewarded by the real beauty of Frozen Latitudes. The experiences we made and the shifts in our minds were worth all the frost bites and in the end we were completely fused with the nature and everything was just good. We could not have experienced such a freedom without complete dedication to the very moment at the very places we were.
Excerpt from the book's passionate stories.
The Fine Art Photo Book
My limited edition fine arts photo book Frozen Latitudes will give a portrait of the beauty of the High Arctic. It is my photographic tribute to the Arctic cryosphere which is currently undergoing a fundamental change by becoming un-frozen. Still, it is dominated by the processes of cryogenesis: the creation of landscapes from the freezing and thawing of earth’s materials. The book's mission is also a call for more humility and a plea for us all to pay attention to the cryosphere and the importance of it being preserved for future generations.
Frozen Latitudes will be an extraordinary book of 288 pages with about 320 photos and maps presenting rare panoramic views portraying some of the remotest landscapes of the High Arctic in Greenland and far up to Franz Josef Land and the Arctic Ocean. They are solely formed by natural forces such as wind, water and ice and are perceived as existing since the very early times of the Earth's Genesis. Animals and artifacts often appear unexpectedly in these landscapes and set accents that emphasize the vastness of the nature with its inherent impression of permanence. In search of Pure Landscapes it is my photographic challenge to capture the everlasting natural changes which are hard to recognize by human scales.
Six text chapters will present essays about my experiences when ranging through the High Arctic and are supplemented by the scientific perspectives of the cryosphere and how it is affected by the observed trends of global warming, written by Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schöner - the internationally renown Austrian glaciologist and secretary of the Austrian Polar Research Institute APRI.
The publication of the book is scheduled for June 2018. It will be published bilingual in English and German by the German publishing company Seltmann und Söhne specialized in fine arts photo books - if I can raise the money for the print production expenses. For that I ask for your valuable help. Get inspired by the preview of the book below.
I ask for your generous support for my book project - you will be rewarded with extraordinary photos and ambitious stories full of passion for the High Arctic. Its remarkable design and layout will be produced by one of Germany's best photo book publishing companies. Any support is appreciated ranging from the beautiful post cards over early bird book bargains to personally signed books. You can even join me on the special Frozen Latitudes expedition to Spitsbergen and receive your personal book copy right in the High Arctic. Or you participate at the book unboxing event at my home in the heart of the Wienerwald, Austria. Decorate your home or event locations with one of the incredibly beautiful canvas prints with optionally handmade color finish from one of the book’s photos.
So please do not hesitate and become an enthusiastic backer, go for one of the attractive pledges and help spreading the word. Thank You!
Risks and challenges
The Arctic can be a risky and challenging place, and apart from minor frost bites I'm thankful that so far I've come through relatively unscathed! Creating "Frozen Latitudes" might seem straightforward in comparison, but it is difficult to do well in order to have a fully pleasing and high quality photo book. There are almost no risks involved at this stage with the printing of this book. All the photo development, story writing and layout work of the last months is behind me. A noted publisher was found to match the high quality photo print requirements who is fully engaged to make the book a success. The final challenge is to ensure that this Kickstarter campaign succeeds in order to cover the print production costs, so that I can trigger the book’s production for the Spring 2018 program.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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