Photographer's Note

One last post from the abandoned USAF base on the Ikateq channel (see earlier post for details) before moving on to other locations.

Out of the dozens of photographs that I took at the old airbase, I liked this one because of the interplay of the diagonals formed by the cirrus clouds in the sky and the old crane on the ground. I played around with a few different POVs (I’ve posted an alternative one in the Workshop). These shots were taken next to a rudimentary wharf that had been built by the USAF on the Ikateq channel. I assume this crane was used to unload supply ships for the base.

Although most of the photographs I took at the airbase have nobody in frame (the four of us were the only people there), I decided to post this shot with one of my traveling companions walking ahead of me to add an additional element of interest. The orange outfit she is wearing are protective overalls that we wore over our winter ski gear to keep us warm from the icy wind-chill when on the water. I had five layers of clothing on comprising thermal underwear, shirt, sweater, a goose-down ski jacket as well as the overalls which incorporated a lifejacket – and whenever we went ashore we felt like astronauts walking on the moon. (It looks like my friend’s head has disappeared, but that’s just because the protective overalls were so big, the head is hidden behind the hood).

I could have easily spent a whole day taking photographs of this 'open air museum' against the magnificent Greenland scenery, but unfortunately we had to move on after an hour or so otherwise we would not have had time to visit the glaciers about 20km further up the fjords that were the source of the icebergs that you can see in the channel. Although we had nearly 24 hours of daylight whilst we were there, later in the day the temperature on the water would drop below what would be tolerable even with all our arctic gear.

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