The Antarctic is a terrifying place; a barren wasteland of desolate white that readily claims the lives of those that don’t respect it. I’ve not been, of course, but I’ve heard the rumours; it’s trouble. In stark contrast to the harsh reality of surviving there is its striking natural beauty. In among all that freezing white are beautiful textures and strange natural patterns that seem to mask the underlying danger.
Lars Focke specialises in capturing these patterns and turning them into square format images of ethereal beauty; occasionally interspersed with shipping containers from a research station or a battered fleet of skidoos. Pretty impressive stuff given Lars isn’t even a professional photographer. By day he’s a freelance UX designer for the commerce industry, but in his spare time he travels the world creating the kind of crisp images you’re looking at now.
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