Joanna Lentini, Antarctica

Antarctica. A word that conjures images of wild, vast expanses of nothingness. A place where adjectives such as harsh and desolate cannot begin do the realities of the space justice. A feeling that evokes a sense of curiosity.  The wonder of what this world would look like without our fingerprints smudged across it. Where an abundance of wildlife roams…and populates some of the landscape in the way that only humans do. 

Perhaps it’s something that is engrained in the collective unconscious of us all. But I’ve always had an inclination towards places devoid of humans—places so raw and alive. And so, a journey to the continent had been on my mind for many years.

This past March, I co-organized a small group of adventurous souls to the land before time. Putting the connection that was felt into words is beyond me at the moment. I haven’t had enough time to reflect on the experience. But like every journey, I know that it has changed me once again.

I hope you enjoy the images and find outdoor spaces that nurture your soul. Remember, we don’t need to travel to the ends of the earth to do so…

“If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it.” ―Andrew Denton

 

Joanna Lentini, Gentoo Penguin, Shetland Islands, Antarctica

 

Joanna Lentini, South Georgia

 

Joanna Lentini, Antarctica

 

Joanna Lentini, South Georgia, Albatross

 

Joanna Lentini, Antarctica

 

Joanna Lentini, South Georgia, elephant seals

 

Joanna Lentini, South Georgia, king penguin

 

king penguin, south georgia, joanna lentini

 

Joanna Lentini, South Georgia, King penguins