This is my self portrait at the ceremonial south pole marker. You can see the flags behind me in the reflection. The shadows are from the flags that can be seen in the reflection. I am taking a self portrait because I am the only one there, no one to take my hero shot.
I guess I will have to put this note on all my Antarctica photos to answer all the questions. I copied it from another photo posted previously.
Ok, you want to know more about how/why I was at the South Pole. I worked for the company that provided logistic support to the NSF for the scientific research being done there. Over the four years I worked for them I spent about one year in Antarctica, between five separate trips. Most of my time was spent in McMurdo Station (which was on the coast of Antarctica, south of New Zealand and about 800 miles north of the Pole), but I made two trips to the South Pole, one to Palmer Station and a month onboard a research ship, the Nathaniel B. Palmer.
This is the ceremonial marker for the south pole. There is a marker for the actual south pole also. The ice on top of Antarctica is constantly moving a few meters per year, so a new marker for the actual pole is installed once a year. Yes, that is a barber pole with a reflective chrome ball on top of it. The flags represent the twelve signatory countries of the original Antarctic Treaty: UK, Austrailia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, US, Norway, France, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, Russia (USSR).
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Janice (4403) 2005-11-29 1:19
Wow Alex, there wouldn't be many of these shots shown on TE. Well done! What a great memento for you.
I wish you could have explained why you were there. Were you working down at the Antarctic then? It is very interesting, thank you.
ktanska (27650) 2005-11-29 2:00
Interesting self portrait. I like the flags reflecting and sun on the left. The wind beaten snow has nice patterns.
tobourge (971) 2005-11-29 6:38
Very good "I was there" photo in an usual place!
I agree some more comments would have been great (how to get there, etc..).
Witout the shadow of the other "tourists" he would have really been you alone.
Still well captured!
Thanks for sharing
perryhooter (2424) 2005-12-10 17:37
This is quite an unusual place for a self portrait. You are indeed a very lucky man. Not many people on this small planet had this chance!
Thanks for sharing your memories!
You have a fan right here !
xeiong (0) 2006-06-03 1:47
Cool did you say Cheeze !!!!
Great job XEIONG
MLINES (12516) 2006-06-11 22:20
Hi Alex, Extraordinary TE photo. Good to see there is actually a pole there. Interesting note about your travels in the deep south. Good clear photo. Murray.
njmv79 (461) 2006-09-10 15:17
wonderful shot, thank you for sharing,
- Copyright: Alex Kiefer (kieferal) (279)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1994-01-00
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Canon A1, Canon 28mm f2.8, Kodak 100 neg, Cokin UV
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Self portraits (04) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-11-29 0:24
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