Photographing Cuverville Island Antarctic Penninsula

Covered in snow and ice Cuverville Island is a rugged outcrop in the Antarctic Peninsula

Cuverville Island is a great big rock off the Antarctic Peninsula. A hard edged landscape covered in deep snow and surrounded by water, icebergs and wildlife Cuverville Island is an extraordinary place for photography. I landed on the island after a fabulous off shore zodiac exploration with participants on board the Aurora Expeditions operated Polar Pioneer on a November 2010 photography tour I was co-leading with fellow photographer and tutor David Burren.


This more distant view of Cuverville Island hints at the island's inland terrain. But, above all else, the image is dependent on light. The warm light, breaking through the clouds, seems to kiss areas of the landscape and foreground water bringing them to life. I'd go so far as to say that, as a metaphor, the light provides a sense of hope to this otherwise bleak landscape. Ultimately it's not the landscape, but how we perceive it that determines the success of the image.

Antarctica is a long way from any major city. Traveling to the region involves time, significant expense and long days at sea. But the opportunities for great photography and real adventure have to be earned. From my perspective, if you can afford it and are prepared for a little hardship, you'll love it. I was fortunate indeed to have had the opportunity to work and visit the region and very much look forward to the next opportunity.

But wait, there's more. Even better than the wildlife or sublime scenery offered at Antarctic locations such as Cuverville Island was the opportunity to work and socialize with really interesting and good natured people. And that goes as much for the amazing crew and staff as it does for the paying customers, some of which have become very dear friends.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru