With Iceland ‘ticked’ for 2010 (although I can hardly wait to go back) I have started to turn my attention to other photographic expeditions for the remainder of this year and next year. Even though, I am still sorting, editing, processing and printing photographs from Iceland (and will be for many months I think) I am already starting to look forward to other expeditions. I will be having an exhibition of my work from Iceland – date, time and location TBA.
I have had to make the tough decision of deciding not to go back to New Zealand’s South Island this year – even though I dearly wanted to. My wife just got back from a week in the South Island visiting and touring with her sister and hearing her first impressions of the country has strongly re-fuelled my desire to go back. The opportunity to head over for a week in October was extremely appealing but I have decided to pour my efforts into a few local Victorian locations that I have long neglected as a precursor to guiding some overseas photographers who want to come to Australia for a tour of some well known landmarks. This should be a lot of fun (as well as a lot of work) and I am looking forward to it.
I will likely head back to New Zealand in March next year for ten days or so as there are still locations there I have not visited and want to photograph. There are also several other locations I want to return to in the hope of even better light. More exciting still for me is I have put preliminary plans in place to head to Antarctica late 2011 for two weeks with a dedicated photographic expedition. We plan to visit the highlights of the Antarctic Penninsula – Deception Island (sailing into an active volcano), Paradise Bay (gliding below slowly calving glaciers), Neko Harbor (walking up to the edge of and looking down at a calving glacier), La Mer Channel (sailing through mountain peaks at sunset), Plenneau Bay (iceberg graveyard) and many more. This is still tentative at this stage pending enough numbers to make the trip workable. Antarctica has been on my wish list of places to visit for many years so I am quite excited at the prospect of finally going there next year. I also have an iron in the fire as a long-shot to head back to Iceland and onto Greenland mid 2011 as part of a scientific expedition. This trip is currently at long odds however and the opportunity to go totally out of my control. Nevertheless, I am very keen and will jump onto the trip if the opportunity is confirmed.
I still want to head into Mungo and the Walls of China for a few days in the far north of Victoria. My last trip there was a total wash out so I feel a return visit is in order. Once the weather improves and the rain stops I hope to snatch a few days for a quick visit. Likewise, there may be an opportunity late November to head to the Pinnacles in Western Australia and/or Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.