Lomos in the Arctic (The Last Cruise)

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It’s with a certain emotion that I post this location. It was indeed my last cruise on board the ice-breaker Amundsen…

Here we are… My last Arctic Lomocation, after When Holga went in the Arctic and Wide Arctic Horizons. I feel quite emotional when I think about all what I lived during these expeditions. Working on the Amundsen, one of the Canadian coast-guard icebreakers, transformed into an oceanographic research vessel, is probably one of the craziest things I will have done in my life. I met people that changed my life there. I’ve seen things that can’t be easily described with words. My memories are full of images, instants and sounds that I’ll keep in my mind for the rest of my life.

During this cruise in Baffin Bay, we’ve seen many icebergs. Icebergs are pieces of glaciers that form on land, then break and float around, transported by currents. Icebergs are very different from sea-ice, the product of the freezing of the sea. The first most noticeable difference is their size. Some are big as buildings, and when you think that only one tenth of it is out of the water, you really get struck by the insane amount of solid water that they represent. Second, they’re formed from freshwater on land and they are way cleaner than sea-ice (which sometimes gets greenish/brownish due to phytoplankton) with sometimes very beautiful blue tints. And last is their shape. Sometimes they’re like cathedrals with spikes and rough edges, and, sometimes they look all soft, like a Popsicle that was licked by the tongue of the ocean. This huge difference of appearance is due to their history. Initially an iceberg will always look rough and pointy because it is carved by the wind, then it detaches and slowly melts in the sea, under the surface. After reaching a tipping point, where the mass of ice under the water is less than the one over the surface, the iceberg flips upside-down, showing its soft bottom with nice curves and round edges. It beautiful… But extremely dangerous. Sailors told me that a flipping iceberg can arm ships if it’s happening too close…

I was also extremely happy to return to the Labrador fjords. It’s there that in 2006 I took this shot. It’s really one of the most beautiful places I’ve been. The mountains cut the wind and the calm waters sometimes transform in a real mirror. The reflects of the mountains being only perturbed by our waves.

I hope I’ll live some more adventures like this one. It really marked me forever.

About the shots: I processed all the slides with my Jobo in my kitchen and the black and whites were processed by a lab in Québec. Two galleries, one with a Canon F1N and the other with a Horizon Perfekt.

written by stouf on 2009-10-22 in #world #locations

24 Comments

  1. japsix
    japsix ·

    WOW!!!! just amazing!!!!!

  2. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    ;)

  3. smclemon
    smclemon ·

    Stouf I've loved your sets from the Arctic, you have made me incredibly jealous and I now want to stow away on a vessel bound for the north armed to the teeth with cameras and slide film :D

  4. annegreat
    annegreat ·

    I admire all your arctic adventures! The stories, the pictures, the video - everything is awesome! It must be so exciting to work there.

  5. stouf
    stouf ·

    Thanks a lot friends ! Your nice comments really touch me !

  6. dogma
    dogma ·

    WoW, impresive and bravo amigo ;)

  7. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    really happy to see again your Artic adventure supported by a wonderful (as usual) gallery ;)

  8. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    woow so great! It can't be your last artic lomocation!! you have to bring us more another great shot from there !! :)

  9. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    incredible

  10. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Another great adventure with stouf in the arctic. Your gallery makes me feel like I was there with you.

  11. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Another great arctic adventure with stouf. I really feel like I'm there with you when I see the gallery.

  12. novakmisi
    novakmisi ·

    bravo ! the camera move is very good.who play the music ? interesting because I hear a cimbalm /string instrument/ near the end.

  13. disdis
    disdis ·

    That experience have changed your life for sure. When will you publish a book with this? That must happen!

  14. coca
    coca ·

    wow Stouf, your pictures are sooo beautiful!... while i was looking the gallery i couldn't stop thinking that our planet is wonderful...thanks for sharing this

  15. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Again an amazing arctic location!!! So sad that it's the last one... :(( No doubt it's a fantastic life experience you had there, and thanks to share all this with us!
    A question: what's this telescopic arm for the Horizon? Did you built it by yourself? I want to know more about this! :)))

  16. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    WOW!!! So very very VERY beautiful!!! Excellent work stouf!! The arctic fotball game looks like lots of fun =)))

  17. stouf
    stouf ·

    Hooo thanks a lot everyone for your enthusiasm !!!
    @novakmisi : It's the Mahalageasca by Mahala Rai Banda ! Balkan power !
    @disdis : Thank you very much for that. I wish I could...
    @coca : Yes, but all this beauty is sadly threatened by climate change...
    @vicuna : It was just a joke, because it is one arm of a sub-marine (the "ROV"), and I thought it would be funny to have this incredibly expensive arm... But the technicians would only let me put the Horizon in it, but not fool around with this piece of equipment... And they were right ! ; )
    @anarchy : Yeah it's hilarious ! 8D
    ... Thanks again everyone ! ...

  18. rater
    rater ·

    Congrats on the galery my friend... As you say, being onboard this ship is one of the crazy things we have done in live and i am just happy that we shared some time onboard... your photos are just great!

  19. klickovic
    klickovic ·

    supreme work!

  20. stouf
    stouf ·

    @rater : Oh I wish we could be together again on a ship hermano ! And with @androfun too !
    @klickovic : supreme comment ! ;-)

  21. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    I am not sure of which I feel more; awe or envy.

  22. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Amazing!!! One of the best locations ever.
    Awesome movie, text, soundtrack and gallery, i just loved every bit of it.
    Congrats m8.

  23. iloveverdi
    iloveverdi ·

    inspiring!

  24. masha_njam
    masha_njam ·

    !!!!

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