54 Degrees South, Archival Pigment Print, 119 x 163 cm, ed. 12 + 3 AP (final)┃160 x 226 cm, ed. 12 + 3 AP
South Georgia is raw and exposed. The mountains rise like Jurassic Park from the most intimidating of seas. There is a palpable feeling of life on the edge. Meanwhile the wind on the island is often its most defining characteristic. Wind is not easy to convey in a photograph but it’s a challenge that needs to be taken on if a true sense of place is going to be portrayed in a single still image. It’s tough to do a good job in capturing the enormity of it all, the wind, the sense of final frontier. This was my best chance as these magnificent King Penguins offered scale and perspective and they were in a perfect spot. But shooting in high and violent seas from a zodiac in limited light is as tough as it gets. Forget autofocus and really forget almost everything else. You just hope that one shot comes out. I don’t think there was much skill involved, just an appetite to get soaking wet and very cold. This image needs to be big to see all that is going on.
David Yarrow was born in Scotland and is currently based in London. David Yarrow is known for travelling the world’s remotest regions to capture compelling images of nature as we‘ve never seen it before, and is redefining wildlife photography in the process.
His monochrome photographs are bursting with life, vitality and movement, yet the majority of Yarrow’s subject matter, from rampaging bull elephants in Kenya to Inuit hunters and Bornean orangutans, is living on the brink of extinction. This is nature at its most majestic – and its most fragile.
Yarrow’s unorthodox camera angles and unique shooting methods transport the viewer right into the heart of the action; with split-second timing, he crystallises a single instant of drama into an image so immersive that it cannot be viewed in just a few moments. These are photographs to linger over.