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100-year-old box of negatives discovered frozen in block of Antarctica’s ice

While restoring one of the exploration huts in Antarctica, Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust discovered a box that turned out to be a remarkable treasure. It contained 22 never-before-seen cellulose nitrate negatives documenting the life of Antarctic explorers a 100 years back. Preserved in a block of ice, these negatives surprisingly lived up to our days to shine a light on the Antarctic heroic era and the landscape itself. After being frozen for a century, the negatives had to be gently restored by firstly separating one from another, then cleaning, removing the mold and consolidating the cellulose nitrate image layers. Only after this painstaking process they were turned into digital positives.

As stated in the media release by the Trust, the box of photographs was probably left in Captain Scott’s hut by Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Ross Sea Party, an expedition that was stranded after their ship floated away to the sea during a massive blizzard. The group was finally rescued but only after three men were already lost.

(not so) ephemeral

fae!scott + scerek for quicklikelight

The woodcutter is sharing his lunch with Scott again. It’s intentional, Scott is sure of it now. Ever since the man moved into the little hut in Scott’s favorite section of the forest, he’s taken to having lunch by the clearing, listening to the water’s babbling noises, taking a break from his work. At first, it had been entertaining– Scott had never seen a human up close before, and he’d prided himself on his quick-fingered theft of the man’s lunch, a nibble of cheese here, a bite of bread there when the man set down the loaf. It was amusing, a story the other Folk back in the Mound had laughed for ages, congratulating Scott on a prank well done. 

Except the second time, the man had seen him. 

Scott hadn’t been sure of it, he’d gone mottled blue-green and shrunk into the shadows of the nearby bush, but even glamoured like so, the man had looked right into his eyes.

And then he laughed.

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