Glimpses of Frozen Latitudes - Pure-Landscapes

The Frozen Latitudes Book Project

A Photographic Tribute to the Beauty of the High Arctic

“Our inner goal, which gave direction to the outer goal in search for possible routes, was strongly influenced by the desire for pristine landscapes, untouched by humans. The aesthetics of the Arctic landscape, with its sparse nature, reduced to its essence should find room in the depths of our souls. Virtually, we sought for the permanent behind the transitory form or for the imperishable in the transient. Comparable with the desert experiences of the ancient Christian hermit monks hundreds of years ago, our image of Frozen Latitudes became complemented with a spiritual dimension: how will each of us deal with the experience of loneliness and absolute self-reliance?”

Thanks for your interest in my fine arts photo book project!

As a passionate landscapes photographer and board member of the Austrian Society for Polar Research I have specialized over centuries into the Arctic. My large scale canvas prints of Franz Josef Land decorated the halls of the Austrian Academy of Sciences during the First Central European Polar Meeting.

My fine arts photo book Frozen Latitudes will give a portrait of the High Arctic in the transition of becoming unfrozen: It is my photographic praise to the Arctic cryosphere which is dominated by the processes of cryogenesis: the creation of landscapes from the freezing and thawing of earth’s materials. Its mission is also about humility and a plea to pay attention to the cryosphere and the importance of its preservation for generations to come. The publication of the book is scheduled for Spring 2018. It will be published bilingual in English and German by a renown German publishing company specialized in fine art photo books if I can raise the  money for the print production expenses.

Frozen Latitudes will be an extraordinary book of about 288 pages presenting rare panoramic views portraying some of the remotest landscapes of the High Arctic in Greenland and Franz Josef Land. They are solely formed by natural forces such as wind, water and ice and are perceived as existing since the very early times of the Earth's Genesis. Animals and artifacts often appear unexpectedly in these landscapes and set accents that emphasize the vastness of the nature with its inherent impression of permanence. It is my photographic challenge to capture the everlasting natural changes which are hard to recognize by human scales.

Several text chapters will present essays about my experiences when ranging through the High Arctic and are supplemented by the scientific perspectives of the cryosphere and how it is affected by the observed trends of global warming, written by Prof. Wolfgang Schöner - the renown Austrian glaciologist and secretary of the Austrian Polar Research Institute. Get inspired by the preview of the book below.

Contact me if you can support the book to cover the production expenses. You will be rewarded with  personalized book copies, fine arts prints or large scale canvas prints of selected photos.

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