Acacia Johnson is a photographer from Alaska, focused on human relationships to the earth's Polar Regions. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Acacia now lives in Scandinavia and exhibits her work internationally. In 2014, Acacia...
Focus:Photographer, Photojournalist, Editor, Writer, Travel, Video Editor, Environment
Skills:Translator, Digital Printing, Photo Assisting, Color Correction, Film Scanning, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Book Layout/Design, Photo Editing, Black & White Printing, Web Design, Video Editing
A distant cruise ship looms through an iceberg at the Yalour Islands, Antarctica. Under a highly regulated scheduling system, Antarctic cruise vessels generally go to great lengths to stay out of sight of one another.
While the wilderness experience may appear pristine to passengers, during the high season there can be over 20 ships operating simultaneously around the Antarctic peninsula.
Jiayi Zhao, expedition guide and Mandarin interpreter, in a cabin aboard the m/v Ocean Diamond in Antarctica. As Chinese tourism in the Antarctica explodes, she left a career as an actress in Beijing to work on ships in the Polar Regions.
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:
February 13-28, 2018: Ocean Diamond, Quark Expeditions March 1-15, 2018: Ocean Diamond, Quark Expeditions