“ When we look at Antarctica, from the deck of a ship, or in a makebelieve tableau, and fix it in our gaze, what we see is a figment of the imagination,” writes prominent New Zealand photographer Anne Noble in the first part of her trilogy on the myth of Antarctica. Noble set her sights on Antarctica early in the 21st century, undertaking three missions there and making a world tour of Antarctic-study centers as well. Ice Blink juxtaposes the real and the imaginary, presenting imagery taken in the study centers (including aquariums and museums) and photos of real human encounters with the icy continent. Nobel’s seductive and challenging images are complimented by the thought-provoking essay by acclaimed essayist and novelist Ian Wedde.
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