Australian photographer Leah Kennedy spent time in a decidedly colder climate when she made the journey to Antarctica. Intrigued by the beauty of this desolate locale, Kennedy focused her creative energies on capturing Antarctica’s unique light and its reflection off the environment’s icy surface. The resulting portfolio is a breathtaking look at this majestic landscape.
“The intriguing thing about the light in Antarctica was in the seeming absence of sunlight,” Kennedy shared with My Modern Met. “The ice and snow seemed to be its own light source. There was a luminescent quality apparent even when the sun wasn’t shining. What is a dramatic and intriguing landscape is even more appealing because of this quality.”
Captured in rich detail, Kennedy’s photographs give an almost sculptural appearance to the scenes. Silvery chunks of ice float in the water, their blue-grey color contrasting with the snow-covered terrain in the background. By exploring light and shadow, Kennedy highlights these icy surfaces and invites the viewer to drink in every detail. Other—more abstract—photographs hone in on the luminescence that appealed to her. The softly glowing blue tones are soothing and intriguing.
The work is an homage to an environment that is slowly disappearing and as well as a warning of Antarctica’s fragility. Kennedy hopes that her visual contribution will serve as a reminder that any small change we can make to preserve this unique environment is an effort worth making.