'Endarctica,' is a photographic journey I made into the Antarctic Peninsula in 2015. Beyond penguins, icebergs, and subzero temperatures, I was intrigued by the often tossed-around cognomen of Antarctica as, 'the end of the world.' The continent of Antarctic is surrounded by a continuously circling current, which scientists call the 'Antarctic Convergence,' a current where the where cold, northward-flowing Antarctic waters meet the relatively warmer waters of the subantarctic, creating a natural boundary from the rest of the biosphere. It separates climates and different forms of sea life, and even prevents pollution or man-made garbage from entering this arctic sanctuary. It as though one enters into another dimension or reality, outside of space and time. Literally, as one is slowly cut off from communication to the rest of the world, the enter into another unfamiliar world where exists over 25 million years of tectonic activity, of oscillating tundric expansion and ablation, and untampered evolutionary wonder.
For the lesser academically read, such as myself, entering this sacred zone at the end of the Earth is making contact with over 25 million years of ice, water, endless space, and profound silence. Considering the dramatic global changes in climate and sea levels amongst mankind's mistreatment and destruction of the planet, many have speculated upon the prospect of Mother Nature's 'reset mechanism,' should one exist. Some imagine lifeless wastelands and deserts, or inundated nations and metropolitan centers, or perhaps a more easily conceived 'second ice-age' wiping off our race to start the planet anew. Which makes the observer wonder, is this what a possible 'end of the world' should look like?