Sebastian Copeland went to the Earth's southernmost continent — Antarctica — with a mission to take one specific picture. He never planned on making a book. But six weeks and 6,000 pictures later, Copeland had enough images to create what is now a book: Antarctica: A Global Warning.
All photos by Sebastian Copeland, from Antarctica: A Global Warning
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Based on a similar effort in the Arctic, Copeland traveled to Antarctica on behalf of Global Green USA in order to arrange people in a way that would issue a warning to the world about climate change:
Photographing a region like Antarctica took what Copeland describes as "constant adjustment" in order to get the pictures he wanted. He faced geographic hurdles in trying to reach the regions he wanted to photograph. And even when he managed to physically get where he needed to be, nature took its toll: "It's cold, it's wet, distant from any type of civilization ... or help if something goes wrong," Copeland described.
Despite the conditions, he did manage to get on land to take his favorite picture featured in the book. He even managed to wrangle up a tripod and photograph this image as a large format panoramic:
As for his decision to photograph Antarctica in the first place, Copeland's answer was simple. "Nothing communicates climate change as effectively as ice," he said. In six months, he will be heading back to again photograph Antarctica and the effects of global warming. This time, however, he won't have a problem hitting land to shoot. He'll be covering 800 miles of the territory on foot.