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Canadian Geographic - - FLAT EARTH 101 -

One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions has been a huge de­par­ture from be­ing a pho­to­jour­nal­ist be­cause I was used to cov­er­ing news and cur­rent events, which means pre­dom­i­nantly pho­tograph­ing peo­ple. So when I sailed to Antarc­tica for the first time, I didn’t ex­pect much, but I soon re­al­ized it was an op­por­tu­nity to doc­u­ment not just the spec­tac­u­lar wildlife and scenery but the pas­sen­gers, too. Some of my favourite shots are of peo­ple ei­ther laugh­ing un­con­trol­lably or cry­ing; in both cases it’s be­cause they’re sim­ply over­whelmed by what they’re see­ing. I have three re­ally mem­o­rable pho­tos from my ex­pe­ri­ences in the Antarc­tic. The first is of Richard Sy­monds, an artist who does in­cred­i­ble paint­ings and draw­ings of wildlife. I got him ly­ing on his belly in the mid­dle of white­out con­di­tions, hold­ing a Gopro on a stick, with a pen­guin star­ing right into his cam­era. The tears are com­ing down his face, but his smile makes me want to cry ev­ery time I see it. The sec­ond is of an ex­tremely cold and windy ex­cur­sion to a beach, where I had pen­guins come very close to my cam­era. They were com­pletely iced over, even their eyes, but they were like, “Well, what­ever.” They were like kids in a play­ground. The third is of a lady who was sit­ting in a Zo­diac look­ing through her binoc­u­lars. But when she put them down, she didn’t look right, so I zoomed in and cap­tured this big teardrop com­ing out of her eye as she was star­ing off into the land­scape. It was an ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble mo­ment. —Roger Pi­menta Pho­tog­ra­pher-in-res­i­dence with One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions since 2015

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