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OVERVIEW

“There are few places left in the world that you can find yourself immersed in such a spectacle of nature. The staggering sight of hundreds of thousands of penguins and seals, encircled by a cathedral of mountain peaks and hanging glaciers would leave even the most jaded person in total awe. As David says in the film, you can really become quite dumb-struck by the sensory overload and it can be hard to know where to start. What made it even more special is the fact that we had this place all to ourselves for several days.”

Abraham Joffe ACS

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OVERVIEW

This short follows the creative process of fine art photographer David Yarrow as he steps ashore the mind-blowing wildlife scenes of South Georgia.

“There are few places left in the world that you can find yourself immersed in such a spectacle of nature. The staggering sight of hundreds of thousands of penguins and seals, encircled by a cathedral of mountain peaks and hanging glaciers would leave even the most jaded person in total awe. As David says in the film, you can really become quite dumb-struck by the sensory overload and it can be hard to know where to start. What made it even more special is the fact that we had this place all to ourselves for several days.”

Abraham Joffe ACS

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MOVIE AND PODCAST

David was there with a big challenge, to capture singular frames that would somehow do justice to what we were witnessing . In some ways, our task as filmmakers seemed less daunting. As the medium of film is almost always a visual assembly, we could gather numerous shots to bring the story of David’s creative process to life. What I appreciated most about filming David, was his willingness to be vulnerable. As an artist, he is his harshest critic, very willing to accept when he hasn’t managed to get the job done. This self depreciation, paired with enormous drive for perfection, I would argue are two of his most powerful attributes as a world-class creative.

Listen to the expedition's podcast as David Yarrow and Abraham Joffe uncover details from behind the scenes.

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THE LOCATION

South Georgia and the smaller islands known as the South Sandwich Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. They are a remote and inhospitable collection of islands, South Georgia is 103 miles wide (165 kilometres) long and 22 miles (35 kilometres) wide and is by far the largest island in the territory.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

David was there with a big challenge, to capture singular frames that would somehow do justice to what we were witnessing . In some ways, our task as filmmakers seemed less daunting. As the medium of film is almost always a visual assembly, we could gather numerous shots to bring the story of David’s creative process to life. What I appreciated most about filming David, was his willingness to be vulnerable. As an artist, he is his harshest critic, very willing to accept when he hasn’t managed to get the job done. This self depreciation, paired with enormous drive for perfection, I would argue are two of his most powerful attributes as a world-class creative.

Antarctic seals were almost forced into extinction due to hunting that continued until 1907. The species is now protected by the Antarctic Treaty, the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals and the legislation of various countries.

ST ANDREW’S BAY

St Andrews Bay, indents the northern coastline of South Georgia. The name was established at least as far back as 1920, though St. Andrews Bay was probably first sighted by the British expedition under Captain James Cook in 1775.

David Yarrow, enduring St Andrew’s Bay’s natural elements.

The bay is best known for its huge breeding colony of king penguins, numbering about 160,000, the largest in South Georgia. But the beaches of St. Andrews Bay are also a great place to admire fur seals, southern elephant seals, and mountainous snow-capped surroundings.

FILMING IN ANTARCTICA

For our team, the aerials we documented were particularly rewarding. We went through the very involved process of gaining official permission to conduct drone operations on South Georgia’s beaches. Understandably, these areas are home to sensitive breeding rookeries and it was of utmost importance that we had no impact. This extremely rare access gifted us the most powerful drone footage we’ve ever captured and I think add tremendously to the final film.

Saint Andrews Bay is 2 miles (3.2 km) wide, indenting the north coast of South Georgia immediately south of Mount Skittle.

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