Busy doing nothing
What the photographer wanted to do was show how everyone was still busily engaged, despite being trapped.
So, you see them reading and conducting scientific experiments – although quite what experiments they could do while stuck in the ice when it’s totally dark outside, I’m really not sure.
It all seems a bit of a fudge, but the intention was to portray an upbeat picture. It’s a bit of expedition propaganda.
The light in the middle was one from an electric system that Hurley had managed to rig up.