Lost at Sea

Every now and then, something just grabs you.  Two things did today.

Thanks to the info from Terry at http://www.sknitter.com – her link is on the right – I saw the newest Knitty edition.  And on the cover is a gorgeous shawl, Shipwrecked.

The above click came just shortly after reading about a project that has been going on in England since 2007 – the digitizing of over 20,000 (you got it, 20,000!) photographs of expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica from the 1840s to the 1920s.  Not long ago I read the book, Endurance, which is about Shackelton’s wreck in the ice of Antarctica and how everyone returned alive after being stranded over a year.  The current Time website has pictures of this project, as well a link to http://www.freezeframe.ac.uk/home/home, where pictures are posted.

There is something incredible about well-done black and white photos which has it all over most color photos.  There is a sense of drama, as well as an ability to focus on the subject in the picture.  No colors to distract, and so the eye finds shape, light, dark.

Such beauty!


2 thoughts on “Lost at Sea

  1. Thanks for link to those amazing photos Naomi! Thanks also for the mention of sknitter.com.
    I love that Shipwreck Shawl on Knitty too, but it is way beyond my patience level!

  2. You are welcome! I cannot imagine living on a ship, in the ice, for months. I’ve seen some color pictures of the Arctic and Antarctica, too, and there is a spooky beauty there, too.

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