These photographs were taken during a photographic workshop, organized by photographers John Paul Caponegro and Seth Resnick. We spent 12 days aboard the sailing ship, The Rembrandt, exploring the Scoresby Sund Fjord on the eastern coast of Greenland. The Scoresby Sund Fjord is the largest fjord system in the world and has a number of glaciers feeding into it. Our journey started in Reykjavik, Iceland, where we all met up. The next stop was the little dirt runway airport at Constable Point, near the mouth of the Scoresby Sund Fjord. Bad weather and or mechanical problems with the small plane delayed our departure by one day. But all went well the flight was smooth and the sun was shining in Greenland. The two guides, Jordy and Bjarnie greeted us at the airport and our bags were loaded onto a truck. There was a mile and a half walk to the landing where we would take a Zodiac boat (an inflatable boat with an outboard motor) to The Rembrandt. During the walk we were told to stay grouped together for safety purposes. Both Jordy and Bjarnie had rifles and flare guns in the event that a polar bear should charge at us. We saw no polar bears on this walk. Once on board, the Captain and the crew reviewed the procedures and daily schedules that we would need to follow. Once we settled into our cabins we motored down the inlet to the mouth of the Scoresby Sund Fjord and our adventure in Greenland officially began!
There were 12 of us attending the workshop, most of us had attended other photo workshops with John Paul and Seth. The usual day started off with breakfast in the ship's dining room, then we get dressed in warm clothing and life preserver for an outing in the Zodiac boat. We utilized two of these boats, Jordy driving one and Bjarnie driving the other. These excursions usually lasted between three and four hours. Our camera gear was kept on the boat in a waterproof bag until needed, since there could be spray from the Zodiac going over waves in the fjord (seemingly produced more from the wind than tidal currents). Once we arrived at an iceberg, the guide would slow down the boat or halt it all together. This would allow those of us nearest to the iceberg to kneel and photograph while the others on the other side of the boat to stand and photograph. By lunch time we would return to The Rembrandt to dine and warm up. We would go back out in the Zodiacs afterwards if the weather permitted. If not, we could photograph from the decks of The Rembrandt, which gave us a lot of options for moving around to get the right shot.
This was truly a trip of a life time! Initially I saw this as a test run for an eventual adventure to Antarctica, which has been a life long quest- well, life long since reading “Mr. Poppers Penguins” in fourth grade! I hope that all that look through this book will feel the awe and wonder that I felt upon seeing these amazing forms sculpted in ancient ice and snow. As climate change and global warming erodes this environment, it becomes increasingly pertinent to record this landscape..