The Remains: Part 2

Deception Island, Whaler’s Bay, Antarctica

In 1906, a whaling station was established on Deception Island in Whaler's Bay. Over time, several hundred men arrived at the station during the Antarctic summers.

This settlement was the only successful shore-based industry ever to operate in Antarctica. A cemetery built in 1908, a radio station in 1912; a hand operated railway also in 1912, and a small permanent magistrate's house in 1914. The cemetery, by far the largest in Antarctica, held graves for 35 men along with a memorial to 10 more presumed drowned. In early 1931, the factory finally ceased operation, ending commercial whaling at the island entirely.

Today it is abandoned, and the only inhabitants are the penguins and seals.

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    Cotton Coulson & Sisse Brimberg

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    α6000, E 24mm F1.8 ZA, (F-Stop: 5.6, Shutter: 1/1600, ISO: 320)

    Scattered in the volcanic sand on Deception Island, South Georgia, are the remnants from what was once a very lucrative whaling oil industry. Norwegian Hektor Company ran the operation here from 1911-1931.

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    α6000, E 24mm F1.8 ZA, (F-Stop: 5.6, Shutter: 1/1600, ISO: 320)

    Abandoned whale oil storage tanks are standing markers from a time when the whaling industy was at its prime in the early 20th century.

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    Cotton Coulson & Sisse Brimberg

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    α6000, E 24mm F1.8 ZA, (F-Stop: 5.6, Shutter: 1/800, ISO: 320)

    Rusty detail of a ladder mounted on a whale oil storage tank, Deception Island, South Shetland.

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    Cotton Coulson & Sisse Brimberg

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    α6000, E 24mm F1.8 ZA, (F-Stop: 5.6, Shutter: 1/320, ISO: 320)

    A sharp rectangular cut into the side of a old whale storage tank, opening up for a view of the volcanic sand, Deception Island, South Shetlands.

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    Cotton Coulson & Sisse Brimberg

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    α6000, E 24mm F1.8 ZA, (F-Stop: 9, Shutter: 1/2000, ISO: 320)

    Far away from home, two Norwegians have been laid to rest, one of them the carpenter from the old whaling station on Decption Island, South Shetlands.

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    Cotton Coulson & Sisse Brimberg

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    α6000, E 24mm F1.8 ZA, (F-Stop: 5.6, Shutter: 1/2000, ISO: 200)

    Clad in snow, the old Norwegian whaling station stands as a marker from a time of prosperity and slaughter, Deception Island, South Georgia.

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    Cotton Coulson & Sisse Brimberg

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    α6000, E 24mm F1.8 ZA, (F-Stop: 5.6, Shutter: 1/2000, ISO: 200)

    Abandoned steampunk boilers on Deception Island, South Shetland, used to extract oil from the whale bones.

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    α6000, E 24mm F1.8 ZA, (F-Stop: 6.3, Shutter: 1/800, ISO: 200)

    In Whalers Bay, bleached wooden barrels and other artifacts from 20th century whale hunters sticks out of the black sand, Deception Island, South Georgia.

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Cotton Coulson & Sisse Brimberg

Cotton Coulson & Sisse Brimberg

“Everyday we wake up and try to capture the world around us in a new and unique way. We love the process of using photography to interpret what we experience and sharing our work with others.”

It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to Cotton Coulson, who died on 27 May 2015 during a routine diving incident.  Our sincere condolences go out to his surviving family, friends and his other half, Sisse Brimberg.  

As a team, Cotton and Sisse possessed undeniable passion for the subjects and events they photographed.  We have no doubt that this passion is survived in Sisse and we will look forward to seeing her future work.  The Remains story featured here was one of Cotton and Sisse’s ongoing personal projects, documenting the devastating effects humans have on our landscape.  

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