Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Edward Wilson's Frozen Imagery

Edward Wilson, Diary of the ‘Discovery’ Expedition to the Antarctic 1901-1904, with 47 watercolours by the Author. Published by Humanities Press, New York, 1967.

This diary is complete with illustrations--hand-drawn or watercolored, on-site images by Edward Wilson, an expert, a scientist and explorer who accompanied Scott on the ship 'Discovery' to the South Polar region. These were made prior to photographers recording the scenes, but as you can imagine, bring much more atmosphere and character to a scene than could a photograph which records only light.

"The Discovery in winterquarters, 1903" is a view into the frozen environment at the South Pole, circa 1900. This illustration and many like it describe a world blinded to color and heat of any kind.

"Auraural bands above Observation Hill". It has the feeling of joy and amazement at experiencing the auroral glow. Not sure why spelling is different from aurora.

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