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Path
14 May 2014 - 14 May 2014

My ski marks, which appear deceptively straight, are the silent legacy of toil that have brought me not only to this geographic point but to this point in life and will soon be blown away by a gentle wind...

One thing is for sure, there is no easy path in life, so make it interesting.

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Delicate
13 May 2014 - 13 May 2014

A photo I took a few weeks ago to remind you exactly how beautiful, pure & unique this most delicate place is.

 

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Escape
12 May 2014 - 12 May 2014

I promised to not send another pic of someone in a white blanket but if I can't escape it then why should you?! 

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The Very Last
11 May 2014 - 11 May 2014

I promise this is the very last photo of some bloke fighting his way across a 'white blanket'!

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Epic
10 May 2014 - 10 May 2014

Eric Philips looking a bit epic after the strain of days of relentless hauling through a blank white canvas begin to show.

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Invisible
10 May 2014 - 10 May 2014

Bernice Notenboom hauls herself & her sledge out of yet another invisible hole in yet another day of 'whiteout'.

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Falling Over
9 May 2014 - 9 May 2014

Spent the whole day falling over things I couldn't see under my skis. Zero contrast & strong winds in the face all day. 

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Slush
8 May 2014 - 8 May 2014

Eric Philips hauls his sledge out of a lead of 'slush puppy' ice, a short but necessary swim... just after breakfast too!

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Gardening
7 May 2014 - 7 May 2014

Eric Philips does a spot of 'gardening' to make our access to a point of 'absolutely no return' slightly safer.

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Long Day
6 May 2014 - 6 May 2014

Eric rests for a second at the end of a long day of wind in the face, big ice & water; 8 hours & only 3kn gained. 

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Cross
5 May 2014 - 5 May 2014

Each time we cross a 'lead' we use a new method as all crossings are different. With max speed we try to stay dry.

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Monsters
4 May 2014 - 4 May 2014

Busy day of Arctic obstacles; a newly frozen bit of sea one of them. Nothing to worry about, apart from sea monsters! 

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Solid
3 May 2014 - 3 May 2014

Eric Philips looking for a safe way down off a large block of ice. It looks solid enough... But is it??? 

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Quirky
2 May 2014 - 2 May 2014

Had a bad day today but I do love a grey sky, and quirky bendy ice on a frozen lead.

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Interest
2 May 2014 - 2 May 2014

Another day spent 'living in a glass of milk'. No shortage of 'interest'. Perhaps more than was fun to deal with.

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Beautiful
1 May 2014 - 1 May 2014

To say something 'is beautiful' is an emotional response not a fact. The image shows nothing of how I felt.  

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Flight
30 April 2014 - 30 April 2014

During our resupply & relocation flight, I couldn't wait to get back on the frozen surface again! Lucky me indeed.

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Oil Painting
25 April 2014 - 25 April 2014

It's hard living on the Arctic, near impossible. Felt I was in an oil painting today. Easy to forget the hardship.

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Fragile
24 April 2014 - 24 April 2014

Not everything on the Arctic Ocean is epic, grand and legendary. these feathery salt crystals are fragile and beautiful! 

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Sunbathing
23 April 2014

Another whiteout day, so here's Eric Philips sunbathing several days ago, looking for a way down off a lump of ice.

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Nature
22 April 2014

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks" - John Muir. How true.

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Blank Canvas
21 April 2014

 The novelty of a beautiful blank canvas is diminishing somewhat...

 

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Zero Contrast
21 April 2014

Almost my best view of Eric today. Lots of blinding headwind, zero contrast & low low visibility... again.

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Milk
20 April 2014

Another day spent 'fumbling around'... It's like living inside a glass of milk!

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Nostalgic
19 April 2014

It's very hard not to be nostalgic up here and wishing I was a real explorer not hust a casual 'adventure tourist'.

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Unseen
18 April 2014

Another whiteout day no visabilty whatsoever all day. Shame to pass by all the beauty unseen. 

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China Press
17 April 2014

Hot/frozen off the press from China: Photographer's Companion magazine, travel edition.

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Full Moon
16 April 2014

This is what happens to the surface of frozen ocean during high tide, under a full moon... It breaks up! 

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Whiteout
15 April 2014

A polar 'whiteout' is a beautiful experience, it leaves everything to the imagination.

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Victorian
14 April 2014

Another tent shot, in the style perhaps of a Victorian expedition photographer, had one been here a century ago.

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Backlit
14 April 2014

A classic 'straight out of the box, batteries included' polar sledding shot. Backlit, easy!

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Hide
13 April 2014 - 13 April 2014

Eric Philips and Bernice Notenboom scouting for a campsite using a pressure ridge to 'hide' from the chilly wind. 

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Height
12 April 2014

Eric Philips gains a little height and scouts the route ahead to find a way through a micro maze of broken sea ice this morning.

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Floating
12 April 2014

Our home/mobile office! Hard to imagine our tent is floating around moving North East South and West like a small boat on a big sea.

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Majestic
11 April 2014

Bearing 267 deg. deep inside the fierce grip of the Arctic Ocean. Majestic unimaginable indefinable beauty all round.

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Tumblr
11 April 2014

Take timeout on Tumblr to follow the progress of The Arctic March:

martinhartleyphotography.tumblr.com

 

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Jumble
11 April 2014

Eric Philips finds his way through a small jumble of frozen sea ice. Bigger 'problems' will surely fall on our route later.

 

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Respect
10 April 2014

Eric Philips respecting thin ice by gently lowering his 110k sled onto the surface.

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Frosty
9 April 2014

Bernice Notenboom looking a little frosty at the end of a long day.

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Recalibration
8 April 2014

Business as usual, on the move, recalibration of most things, including brain!

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Tasmanian Ice Man
7 April 2014

Eric Philips unsurprisingly the only professional Polar Guide from Tasmania. Lovely bloke!

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Take Ten
6 April 2014

Eric Philips and Bernice Notenboom take a ten minute break to eat after 2 hours of skiing.

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90 Degrees
5 April 2014

Heading off to the great frozen ocean. Drop off @ 90 Degrees tonight. Sleeping at the North Pole.

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Expedition Saviour
3 April 2014

Ole Martin Martinsen, a genuine hero and friend. Has just saved the expedition film by bringing much needed special batteries that were stopped by red tape at the border.

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Heavy Skies
30 March 2014

 Heavy skies in Longyearbean mirror my own thoughts, waiting for delayed flight.

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Film-Maker Jedi
27 March 2014

  Mark Veklerk, award winning wildlife film-maker and Montane athlete.

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Testing Gear
27 March 2014

Eric Philips in Longyearbean testing gear today.

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Grey Skies
25 March 2014

 Polar guide Eric Philips checking out the grey skies in Svalbard.

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Climate Change
24 March 2014

 Currently in (not as cold as it should be) Longyearbean with Mark Verkerk, Eric Philips and Bernice Notenboom.

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Expedition Hope
23 March 2014

Off to the North Geographic Pole to ski back to Canada and film documentary on climate issues.

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The Arctic March
14 March 2014

Heading to Arctic Ocean in April 2014 with The Arctic March to make a film with environmentalist Bernice Notenboom.

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Kobold Watches launch new watch with Martin's photo of Sir Ranulph Fiennes
8 January 2012 - 24 December 2012

Kobold watches launch the new Phantom watch using Martin's epic portrait of Sir Ran.

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Martin appears on BBC 4 documentary
14 November 2011 - 30 December 2011

Martin has appeared on the BBC 4 acclaimed television series 'Time Shift'.  A one hour documentary about the history of Antarctica and the Golden Age of exploration. You can watch the documentary here on BBC 4 iplayer.

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Mountain Hero Portrait of Kenton Kool
14 November 2011

Martin's portrait of Kenton Kool has just been published in a new book titled 'Mountain Hereos - Portraits of Adventure' published by Polarworld written by Dr Huw Lewis Jones.

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The Everest Generation photography Exhibition
20 October 2011 - 21 October 2011

BBC slideshow view here

Martin has been invited to open an exhibition of photographs from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first British Expedition to Mount Everest. At Hoopers Gallery London

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Martin talks at Leica for Brummel Magazine
4 October 2011 - 4 October 2011

Martin gave a talk at the Mayfair Leica store last night about his expedition and travel photography. The event was supported by Leica, Bremont, PiperHeidsieck and Brummell

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Martin talks at Travel Photographer of the Year festival at Royal Geographical Society
2 October 2011 - 2 October 2011

Martin gave a keynote talk about his expedition photography at the Royal Geographic Society on Sunday as part of the Travel Photographer of the year festival

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Martin images appear in Dunhill Magazine
30 September 2011 - 30 December 2011

Martins Polar images appear in Dunhill Magazine along side those of the legendary Polar photographer Herbert Ponting in a feature discussing the Award winning book Face to Face. You can download the article here

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Interview The Photographer Magazine Edge of Reason
5 April 2011 - 31 May 2011

Jonathan Briggs interviewed Martin for the March April edition of the BIPP magazine 'The Photographer' You can download the article here.

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40 Most influential 'Nature Photographers'
31 March 2011 - 31 March 2011

Martin has been nominated one of the '40 most influential' nature photographers on our planet by Outdoor Photographer Magazine. You can download the feature here.

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Martin interviewed for Dunhill ipad App
26 February 2011 - 31 October 2011

Martin was interviewed recently for the Dunhill Day 8 App for the ipad. The interview titled " Unsung Hero" can also be seen on line at Day 8

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Catlin Arctic Ocean 2011
3 February 2011

Martin is currently in Resolute Bay, preparing for another North Polar assignment, this time photographing an international group of scientists on a floating sea ice base on the surface of the Canadian Arctic Ocean, North of Ellesmere Island. You can follow the work of the scientitst at http//:catlinarcticsurvey.com

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Desert Alert
8 January 2011

Martin is currently in Mali, photographing the impacts of climate change on communities along the River Niger as part of an expedition led by Bernice Notenboom.

 

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Martin arrives at the North Pole
13 May 2010

Martin arrived at the North Geographic Pole on 12 May 2010, after 60 days on the Arctic Ocean, collecting ice thickness data and water samples along the 777km journey across the sea ice as part of the Catlin Arctic Survey 2010  

View his polar imagery at martinhartleypolar.com

He is now back in the UK, working on a variety of editorial shoots and corporate assignments.

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Martin's images at COP15 and in Trafalgar Square
11 December 2009

The WWF presented a selection of Martin’s photographs at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen in December 2009, as part of an exhibition on the Arctic. Martin's image 'Top of the World' was also displayed in Trafalgar Square alongside Mark Coreth's polar bear ice sculpture, which gradually melted over the course of 10 days to raise awareness about the rapid rate of melt of the Arctic Ocean sea ice.

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Time Magazine 'Heroes of the Environment 2009'
28 September 2009

Martin's recent endeavour on the Catlin Arctic Survey earned him a place as one of Time Magazine's 'Heroes of the Environment 2009'

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Catlin Arctic Survey
13 May 2009

On 1 March 2009, Martin was dropped off onto the Arctic Ocean sea ice to commence the Catlin Arctic Survey - a pioneering scientific endeavour to capture the most accurate measurements of the thickness and density of the North Polar ice cap. Martin and leading polar explorers Pen Hadow and Ann Daniels, hauled sledges across the sea ice and open water, measuring and documenting the state of the sea ice cover. With the sea ice melting rapidly as Summer approached, the team were air lifted off the Arctic Ocean on 13 May, after 73 days on the ice. 

Follow the expedition as archived on the BBC website
Ice team blog, video clips and full details on the Catlin Arctic Survey website
 
 

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Face to Face: Polar Portraits
28 November 2008

This unique new book contains 50 of Martin’s modern colour portraits of individuals living and working in the polar regions alongside 50 historic black and white portraits from the Scott Polar Research Institute collection, many of which have not been previously published.  With a foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, afterword by anthropologist Hugh Brody, and essay/discussion on polar photography by Martin and editor Huw Lewis Jones, published by Polarworld.  Nominated by The Guardian as one of the year's best picture books (2008).

The accompanying exhibition is available for touring.