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Time Magazine Picture of the Year

By Cape Farewell // Sunday 30 Dec // 15:42:21 // View

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Cape Farewell are proud to announce Time Magazine ‘Pictures of the Year’ 2007 features Nick Cobbing’s photograph from the voyage. The end of year issue of TIME Magazine (December 31, 2007 – January 7, 2008) carries the photograph by Nick Cobbing from the 2007 expedition with a quote by David Buckland. The article aligns the Cape Farewell voyage to the NASA space mission (only a bit cheaper) and also carries a feature on Al Gore.
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Leaving Greenland

By Nick // Saturday 6 Oct // 19:55:32 // View

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Ice leaving Greenland.

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Northern lights

By Nick // Friday 5 Oct // 23:58:02 // View

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Turner Sound

By Nick // Wednesday 3 Oct // 18:49:47 // View

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Cold cameras and bleeding fingers

By Nick // Wednesday 3 Oct // 18:45:17 // 1 Comment // View

Morning broke. to bits of our video cameras laid out on the breakfast table, the scientists pushed aside their toast and got stuck in with cotton buds and alcohol. The afternoon before my camera had caught a wave as we landed the inflatable, then Matt’s camera had been the victim of an overflowing water system. Despite the concentrated efforts of our best camera surgeons, neither camera pulled through. The weather gets everywhere.

Every roll of the ship and change in gravity finds me mentally checking the various stowed cameras, tied cases and lashed lenses around the ship. Did I bring them in? Did I fix them to a new side, now that the ship’s rolling to port? I keep a set of cameras for use outside and a set inside; a cold camera will take over an hour to acclimatise to a warm cabin.

The cold narrates our days here, this afternoon we filmed Liam perform one of his songs sitting on the bow-sprit against a backdrop of snow-drifted mountains. Two takes in, Liam fingers were bleeding. Indoors we are flexible; trying to do the simplest things outside in this cold makes us realise how fragile we can be. Guitarists’ fingers become stiff and brittle.

As I pack up the cables, the fjord’s cold surface forms a glaze popping and crackling below, musing of freezing our ship fast. Around us cloud-capped mountains tower from the water’s edge, looking down on tiny people tending their bleeding fingers, cold flattened batteries and salt-shorted circuits.

We bring cameras, inks, charcoal and guitars to record and respond to this place and are trumped by the interventionist art of climate itself.

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Sunrise

By Nick // Wednesday 3 Oct // 09:20:59 // View

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Frozen rigging

By Nick // Monday 1 Oct // 19:56:06 // View

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First taste of ocean sailing

By Nick // Tuesday 25 Sep // 13:12:36 // View

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