Nice simple photo with much more story than it first seems. I was lucky to call this place home for two and a half years while working for the British Antarctic Survey at King Edward Point studying the Fur Seals and Gentoo Penguins.
Lovely photo but I feel a sense of sadness about it. This beautiful creature lost in the cement and steel world of humans used to slaughter the penguin's kin.
Thank you everyone for you positive comments, both about my picture, and in supporting conservation/caring about other species etc.
I was very fortunate to be there.
Please feel free to contact me via the Your Shot link to the photo (below) if you have any questions about it.
- What gives the people the right to kill, regardless of the specie. If animals have a sense of respect for life why can't we if we are suppose to be the homo-sapiens race?
Beautiful capture, So lonesome. I wasn't familiar with were the Grytviken whaling station in South Georgia was, so I googled it. I hope that within my lifetime the mass slaughtering of our wildlife stops!
No picture I have seen to date, has touched me as much as this one has. My eyes fill with tears, at its sight and the thought of all that horror. And yet we will not stop. Our world yes, but their kingdom surely. When will we realize this? j.e.s.
Working with Wildlife and also Marine wildlife for the last 30 years, I was privilaged in also raising and handling sick and injured penguins that were washed out on our shores here in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. We had an oil soaked King Penguin wash up on our shore - not a usual sight for us here as they are not naturally in our area, but what a beautiful bird and so much larger than the others we have here. This photo reminds me of how majestic they are. What a beautiful photo captured with the snow. He just looks so lonely and one wonders where the others are. The mass slaughtering of whales and seals and as Bev also mentions the slaughter plants for horses - where and when will it ever stop?
Yes, it is really sad and the memory is horrible. Now they are pushing to re-open horse slaughter plants and no one will stop them.
the lonely penguin epitomizes the vulnerability of all creatures and the background recalls the atrocity of industrial slaughtering of animals. breathtaking
Sadness and a resounding "chill" pervades this photograph. The penguin lightens the heaviness somewhat ; but even so he is alone and we don't know the rest of that story.
King Penguin — by Douglas Gimesy
Maybe we can get Douglas Gimesy to comment about his epic journey to the Antarctic. To really appreciate Gimesy's work go to his YourShot gallery to see a complete record from the epic Antarctic journey, including travel through Patagonia and some nightsky images.
Take a look at this surprise photograph from Gimesy's YourShot gallery: http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3048762/ ;totally out of context from his Antarctica voyage.
Aside: I doubt the penguin knows about the past wildlife murder on South Georgia Island. And, the whaling men who worked there are probably glad they don't whale anymore. Gary Conn
Nice write up. It looks a sad little fellow standing there by itself. Perhaps it is waiting for it's partner to come back, but waiting in vain and in snowy silence.
My perception of this photo was altered after reading the contextualizing commentary. The image itself presents a story, with the small figure of the penguin being in focus in the foreground, and the industrial structures in the background being soft focused and occupying eighty percent of the frame. The image itself conveys that the figure of the penguin seems mournfully solitary.
However, I think the commentary DOES indulge in an anthropomorphic projection to attribute to this penguin the human behaviour of holding a vigil of remembrance for past atrocities perpetrated against its good marine buddies, the whales.
My reservation is with aspects of the commentary, not with the excellent photo.
Thanks Joy - that's a very big compliment.
Thanks Sandra for liking the photo, however more importantly, thank you for working with marine wildlife for the last 30 years and caring for sick animals.
Happy to add a few comments.
It was basically an 18 day trip from Ushuaia, to the Falklands, to South Georgia (where the picture was taken) to the Antarctic Peninsula and back.
We were lucky enough to have nearly perfect weather and on board, the renowned polar photographer Daisy Gilardini (http://www.daisygilardini.com/) who was so generous and helpful with her time and advise.
Actually,the trip was so inspiring, that:
> my partner enrolled in (and actually finishes tomorrow) the Post Graduate Certificate in Antarctic studies offered through the University of Canterbury (NZ) where she got to live on the snow for a few weeks and do research:) -
> together we are completing some research on how different images may motivate people differently to engage/care about Antarctica
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