Deception Island

Photo series

We were invited to take part in Creative Reactions, an initiative run by UCL to connect scientists with artists. Deception Island is a photo series that was conceived during our collaboration with Dr Gabriele Sosso at the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

Deception Island is a photo series of found imagery from Google Earth that shows the largest expanse of ice on Earth, Antarctica. We collected these images during the research phase of our collaboration with Dr Sosso, who studies how water freezes at a nano-scale, as an exploration into the relationship between the macro and the nano. As a largely undocumented and unexplored continent, the imagery captured by Google Earth cameras of Antarctica is patchy. As we virtually explored the land we noticed that there were large areas that had not been updated with current photographs. These patches give an insight to Antartica at different time periods, in different stages of melting, and in different seasons. The photographs effectively become layers of history in the same manner as the layers of ice sheets that they depict. Deception Island is an island in the South Shetland Islands archipelago, with one of the safest harbours in Antarctica.