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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The spit and Gnomon Island from the interior of an ice grotto


Creator: Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
Creation Date: 
April-August 1916
Materials and techniques: 
Silver bromide print
12.7 x 20.4 cm
Presented to King George V by Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1917

Photograph of a view out of a cave and through icicles out to ice floes and a rock formation.

Following the destruction of the 'Endurance', Hurley had lost most of his camera equipment – all except a small pocket camera and three rolls of unused film, which he used to take photographs on Elephant Island. These images are noticeably different from those taken with glass plate negatives: the images from film are grainy and they lack clarity and definition. This is somehow in keeping with the physical conditions that the men were enduring while stuck on Elephant Island, as it is suggestive of the difficult and dirty environment in which they had to survive.

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