Worsley standing next to a working pressure ridge

August 1915

Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V, 1917


The photograph shows the immense block of ice being pushed up (’rafted’) by two ice floes forced together. The contrast between puny man and all-powerful nature is emphasised in this photograph. Frank Worsley (1872-1943), Captain of the Endurance, looks up at the crest of the ice block that could have toppled and crushed him at any moment.

Silver bromide print

15.5 x 20.5 cm

RCIN 2580084