on 6 March 2011
This book is an absolutely wonderful study of the Antarctic huts of Scott and Shackleton. This will not only interest those fascinated by Antarctic history, but also people who have a love of the type atmospheric photography that results from an intimate study of dereliction and decay. Add these two ingredients together and and you have a very fine record indeed of the huts as they are today that is an absolute pleasure to own, immerse yourself in, and also dip into from time to time to escape the mundane nature of modern life.
The only minor word of caution would be to say that this book is not a history book, although it does have some narrative. If you want to know the ins and outs of what happened on the various expeditions you will need to look elsewhere. That's absolutely not a criticism as the book never sets out to perform this function.
It's very lavishly produced in a novel binding (canvas) and given its size is surprisingly inexpensive.
I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone fascinated by the adventures, hardships, triumphs and tragedies of early polar explorers. It's a fantastic record of what they endured and the buildings that are their legacy.
on 8 June 2011
I bought this as a gift for my photographer husband.
The photographs take the reader to classic locations associated with the great age of Antarctic Exploration.
The choice of subjects and quality of the images is exceptional and the book allows the armchair visitor a significant antarctic experience, showing detail and places few will ever manage to visit. This is a book that complements the records made by the early explorers themselves and deserves a place on the shelf of anyone who wants to look back at antarctic exploration/life in the early decades of the 20th-century.
We went to the relatively accessible Antarctic Peninsula last year and photographed some of the historic huts there. This book reminded us how much we loved this most beautiful, savage and fragile place, and re-inforced our dream of returning even if we never manage the challenging journey to reach the places depicted so gloriously in Still Life!