Antarctica 2017

This November I had the extreme pleasure of traveling all the way to Antarctica to create some short promotional videos for Quark Expeditions. Alongside me was Lee House, dear friend, a storyteller master, and Daven Hafey, a member of the Quark Expedition Team and my favorite boss. 

 Lee House, partner in crime 

Lee House, partner in crime 

Daven hired me right out of college to work on the documentary that would become We Eat Fish! Also responsible for introducing me to my lifelong friend Lee as consequence of that project. 

Since we were shooting video the whole time, I didn't get a chance to take many photos. Please enjoy the handful below, and stay tuned for the video stories later this winter! 

 Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands

Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands

Saunders Island, Falkland Islands

Globe Tavern, Stanley, Falkland Islands

 Lee on the streets of Stanley, Falkland Islands 

Lee on the streets of Stanley, Falkland Islands 

early morning Fjord tour for sound (pic by Lee) (go Hawks)

Salisbury Plains, South Georgia

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King Penguin and whale vertebrae in South Georgia

 Salisbury Plains, South Georgia

Salisbury Plains, South Georgia

approaching Elephant Island I think

 Godthul, South Georgia

Godthul, South Georgia

 Grytviken Church, Grytviken, South Georgia

Grytviken Church, Grytviken, South Georgia

in Drygalski Fjord

Lee in Drygalski Fjord

chilling in the sea ice for a beer tasting

Manda and Abbey serving beers

first landing on the Antarctic continent, Brown Bluff

Half Moon Bay. Weddell seal and pup. 

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Stay tuned! I have three roles of film waiting to be developed from this trip. There will be more to share!

Until then, and until our video project is done, please enjoy this dance video I made for my sister, Jacci, on her 22nd birthday, November 22nd, the day we landed at Brown Bluff, Antarctica.

A further thanks really needs to go to this friendo, Daven. When Daven hired me onto the We Eat Fish! documentary project, I had just graduated college and really didn't know what I was doing. Daven says that he knew he wanted me on the project after watching my student documentary "Runaway," which is a scrappy thing full of bad sound, random broll, and mostly shot in the wrong framerate. Daven has this very rare talent of being able to look past everything surface level, or even second floor level, and see right down into the core of a thing and know whether it is good/pure/honest/kind or not. Daven's favorite word, I think, is "soul," and he somehow knew immediately that skill/experience aside, Lee and I care about presenting stories as truly, honestly, soulfully as we can. I can't speak for Lee, but Daven has been the biggest advocate for my work that I have ever had. We owe our adventure to Antarctica to him, his vision, and his trust in us to capture the special feelings of such a strange portion of the world. Thank you Daven/Devin/Draven/Dave.