This project has been exhibited six times since 2002. Each exhibit has been modified based on audience responses and my continued research into the legend of Captain Robert Falcon Scott. The exhibition includes large colour images, soundscape and artifacts. I hope to exhibit the work in the UK and Antarctica to commerate the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910 -1913.
Links to project diary: Shooting Darkroom Dunedin Christchurch Expedition Map
I stumbled on Captain Robert Falcon Scott one day in 1989 while waiting in a Library for a friend.
By chance, I picked up a booked titled the "Explorers", as I was flicking through it I stopped at the page headed "Robert Falcon Scott: The opening chapter in the creation of a polar legend". I read the first couple of pages and decided to photocopy it.
For some reason, I could not remember the story to be so exciting. The names of Amundsen, Shackelton, Scott and the likes only brought back terrifying memories of 5th grade and the way the Patrician Brothers embedded such explorers into our memory through the union of hands and leather.
I placed the copies with my collection of miscellaneous papers thinking that one day they may come to use.
A chance meeting in 1992 with the Head of Photography at Otago Polytechnic New Zealand, Lloyd Godman and his images from the Auckland Islands, started to stir ideas of Robert Falcon Scott within.
I did nothing in respect to this until one night in June 1995, when four men came visiting; beckoning me to join them.Waking the next morning Scott was the only clear thought. Now ideas started to make sense by their urgency.
During the next four years these men would accompany me on a bizarre journey, of perhaps coincidence.
The project started with collecting as much of Scott's account of his expeditions through libraries etc...
At the end of 1995, I traveled to Europe. I made a point in visiting the Cardiff Maritime and Locomotive Museum in Wales. Cardiff was the last port of call in the U.K. for Scott's ship the Terra Nova. People of this city generated the needed boost in the expeditions funding. Huskies of the expedition were named by several of the local schools that donated funds to the expedition. The send off dinner is almost as legendary as the expedition itself and is re-enacted each year by the Captain Scott Society on the 13th of June at the Royal Hotel Cardiff. It was during my visit to the Museum that I received several contacts that would prove valuable to my research.
The interaction with my peers whilst in Europe helped me realise how Scott connected with my art practice. I quickly drafted a letter to Lloyd, asking about residences, he returned an application for a Polytechnic Research Scholarship, and the rest is what follows.