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Antarctica Expedition to the Bottom of the World
Insights From Four Who Made the Journey

Tim Wolcott

Men in a Raft
Michael Reichmann

Stephen Johnson

John Paul Caponigro

Michael Reichmann

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John Paul Caponigro (, fine art photographer, writer and teacher, says the trip was “a succession of overwhelming moments, filled with grandeur and wonder, accumulating into an experience that was much greater than the sum of its parts.

“The 2007and 2005 voyages were the fulfillment of a long-standing wish to visit Antarctica, made while watching my mother shepherd the production of Eliot Porter’s book, Antarctica. Whereas on the first voyage, I put aside research materials I collected to approach the subject as freshly and personally as possible, on this second voyage, I did extensive research.

“I packed layers of clothes to stay dry, a cover to protect my camera from weather, hard drives to back up files, dark chocolate to lift the spirit, and malt scotch, a marvelous antiseptic. I used the Canon EOS 1Ds and 1Ds Mark III, one with a 100-400mm IS lens, the other with a 28-135mm IS lens.

“Since returning from Antarctica, I’ve been looking for ways to raise environmental awareness. To date, I’ve featured the work on my website, in my free enews, made presentations to local schools, lectured in gallery openings and slide shows, and made statements for publication in numerous periodicals.”

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A final thought from Reichmann: “Antarctica is one of the most exciting locations on the planet for landscape photography. It also is a fragile ecosystem. As stewards of the planet, we need to pay closer attention to the changes that are clearly taking place at the bottom of the world.”