This is part of Judith's series 'Climate Change'.
Judith : "I sailed across the Southern Ocean to Antarctica as an Arts Fellow of the Australian Antarctic Division in 2005. The expedition taught me about the indispensability of ice.
I observed crevasses creep out across land-ice that moves steadily seawards, to its final calving as icebergs. The freshwater they contribute to the sea can influence currents and, as icebergs melt, they leak nutrients into the ocean. Life thrives around them. Consequently, they also feature importantly in carbon cycling.
The formation of sea-ice is also important. As the ocean freezes and salt is left behind, the remaining saline water becomes denser. Denser water sinks causing displacement and contributing to the creation of the world’s ocean currents. Moreover algae that grow under the ice are essential for krill, at the start of the ocean food chain.
Antarctica is a uniquely magnificent icy wilderness with its own delicately balanced ecosystem that impacts the world.
In 2005 I took my photographs in black and white film, referencing what I thought to be the timelessness of the landscape. But with the climate crisis urgently upon us, this no longer seems an appropriate way to represent Antarctica. In this manipulation of my silver gelatin print I have amplified film grain to reference the breaking up of ice, and added a warm glow to the photograph. In making the photograph more abstract, I dissemble age-old crystal-clear ice formations. The line between water and ice becomes less distinct. An additional solar flare throws heat on my original icy photograph."