This series explores the remote and fragile continent of Antarctica. A place that receives a lot of attention due to our global climate emergency. These images are contextualised in these debates but focus on an emotional response to this unique, beautiful location. For several years we have been developing this series having first travelled to the continent over a decade ago and made subsequent trips over the last four years.
The aim of this work is not to point to the aftermath of human activity, which can be common amongst environmental documentary projects, but explore what is at stake if we do not change the way we treat the planet. These images are our visual responses to witnessing a disappearing world and consider the role and use of photographic imagery within the climate crisis. Our approach is something existential, underscoring the existence and loss of delicate ecosystems by creating images that teeter between abstract and reality.
By creating aesthetic uncertainty, we invite the viewer to spend more time with each image, to contemplate and explore the connections each image presents within the context of our climate emergency. Southern Sonnets is an emotional response to a remote and disappearing part of the world.