In 2021, I had a chance to visit the frozen continent of Antarctica. It was a chance to experience “totality,” a kind of solar eclipse where the Moon fully obscures the disk of the Sun. Originally the plan was to see this eclipse over a large Emperor Penguin colony, but the weather changed my plans. Instead, I experienced totality on the vast nothingness of the Union Glacier.

But before that, I got to spend a lot of time with the Emperor penguins and get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures. I captured some of these moments on my iPhone, which was my primary tool for making short videos on this trip, which took me to different locations in Antarctica. My videographer friend Felix helped cobble them together and created a short 2+ minute film for your enjoyment.

Let me know what you think!

January 31, 2023, San Francisco

Snow hides nature’s imperfections and only reveals what it thinks we should experience. It is one of the photos from my Antarctica 2021 series. It is my interpretation of the landscape, and I use the high key is to emphasize the empty white expanses I experienced. I made the photo a little cooler and muted to emphasize the feeling of brutal cold. If you look closely, you can see the texture and patterns on snow, carved by brutal winds even on a good day.

March 20, 2022. San Francisco