Acacia Johnson

Location: Charlottesville, VA
Nationality: USA
Biography: Acacia Johnson is a photographer and writer from Alaska, focused on human relationships to wilderness. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Acacia received a Fulbright grant to Canada in 2014, to overwinter on Baffin Island . Since... read on
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Credits: acacia johnson
Date of Work: 12/15/15 - Ongoing
Updated: 11/09/17
Location: Antarctica

Antarctica, in popular imagination, exists nearly as a mythical place. Cold, distant, inhospitable, and separated from the rest of the world by notoriously tumultuous oceans, it is a place where no humans have ever permanently lived. Today, it remains one of the most pristine wilderness areas on earth, and an increasingly popular destination for tourists.

Throughout seven seasons as a expedition guide, zodiac driver and photography lecturer in the Polar Regions, I have made over 25 expeditions to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

This is a small selection of images from my experiences as a guide - meant to celebrate the astounding beauty and richness of these regions, but also to explore the idea of human presence in Antarctica. Who are the people who "live" seasonally in Antarctica, and how do we as visitors interact with these spaces? How do humans establish relationships with such a wild place, and what role can these relationships play in shaping the future of Antarctica?

Upcoming Antarctic expeditions:

November 05 - December 03, 2018: Ocean Endeavour, Quark Expeditions

By Acacia Johnson —


Alaskan Brown Bears At Risk

By Acacia Johnson — The Alaska Peninsula is home to around 10,000 wild brown bears, which thrive on the region’s pristine salmon-bearing rivers, vast untouched..

Under The Same Stars

By Acacia Johnson — Winter in the Arctic - vibrant, pulsing. The throb of club music pours from the community hall, streets alive with the roar of skidoos and the..


By Acacia Johnson — These images are a meditation on the boreal landscape of Alaska, my childhood home. In the Far North, a place not governed by conventions of light..


By Acacia Johnson —   Polaris  is an exploration of otherworldly occurrences in the wilderness of Alaska and Iceland. Polaris, the North Star, functions as a..

Love, Death, and the Ocean

By Acacia Johnson — “Turning to face North, face the North, we enter our own subconscious.  Always, in retrospect, the journey North has the quality of..


By Acacia Johnson —   The rain came in sheets and then in waves. It pounded our shelters and soaked into our skin. We awoke to pools of water filling our forest..
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