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  • It had taken 5 days to cross the Drakes passage, notoriously known as one of the worst bodies of water to cross by boat. There is a saying by old explorers that goes something like "Below the 40th latitude there is no law; below the 50th no god". Drake's passage begins at about 52˚ and ends around 63˚. Dramamine doesn't cut it.

    One morning I woke up suddenly because the boat had stopped crashing up and down from the rough seas. I stepped outside onto the deck and realized we had reached the Antarctic Peninsula. The silence was deafening, all I could hear was the sound of my breathing. It was unlike anything I've ever experienced. As we piled into little dinghy's in order to approach a colony of Gentoo Penguins, I snapped this photo on a old Holga. It reminds me of the ghostly quiet nature of Antarctica, with its absence of civilization. This photo also comes to mind because a year later I read that this particular boat had run into an iceberg it couldn't break and the crew was stranded for 3 days before a rescue team could show up.
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