Andrew Scriven's Arctic Journey

For three weeks in August 2014, Network photographer Andrew Scriven set off on a three week trip across Svalbard. With an eye tuned to the fragile and endangered ecosystem, his images and accompanying written reflections reveal both the beauty of the island as well as lessons we can all take home from a step outside our media and consumer focused society.

View Andrew's full gallery to the left, and enjoy his written blogs below:

Blog: Notes from Longyearbyen

Blog: Fear & Consciousness

Blog: Can one person make a difference?

*All images taken with Sony α7R and α99 cameras*

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    A glacier meets the sea in Northern Spitsbergen.

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    A dramatic iceberg at 80N.

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    Where glaciers reach the sea on the north east cost of Spitsbergen

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    Glaciers and peaks to the North at 10pm, taken from the top of the peak outside Longyearbyen.

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    Trekking up to the highest peak outside Longyearbyen at 9pm. The light is great, the temperature about 5°C.

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    The sun never sets over the campsite in Longyearbyen. This was shot at 3am.

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    An arctic fox anticipates his next hunting opportunity.

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    Perched on the side of a vertical cliff in extraordinary winds, these Kittiwakes nest en mass. Below, out of shot, three arctic foxes scavenge for chicks and eggs.

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    A distinct foot print – the first evidence that I am in the realm of the polar bear.

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    A solitary sailing boat in a serene fjord.

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    Sony α99, 500mm F4 G SSM (F stop: 4.0, Shutter: 1/320 seconds, ISO: 100)

    An ivory gull takes flight from the water.

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    A glacier glows a hypnotising blue under an overcast sky.

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    A polar bear marauds across the pack ice in search for a place to rest.

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    A dramatic iceberg at 80N.

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A plane ticket, two Sony cameras, a tent, and an incredible adventure...

Andrew Scriven’s Arctic Journey took us through three weeks of incredible imageryy across Svalbard. 

Armed with a full kit of Sony cameras and lenses, including the α7R, α99 and a 500mm lens, Andrew set to capture some incredible imagery - and he did just that. Paving his journey along the way, Andrew shares with us the incredible sights and reflections from his travels. Supporting the Greenpeace Save the Arctic campaign, Andrew also highlighted the fragile and endangered ecosystem in contrast to the beauty of the natural landscape across the island.

On his return, he shared with us two insightful blog posts, highlighting 'Fear & Consciousness' and 'Can one person really make a difference?'

We encourage you to read and engage with his works. To learn more about Andrew’s project, along with his motivations and reflections on the environmental impacts of human development; take a look at his interview here.

Please visit www.savethearctic.org to learn more about the dangers the Arctic is facing, as well as to sign the petition to declare the Arctic a Global Sanctuary. 

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