The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

The incipient stage of a pressure ridge


Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V


Two thick layers of ice are pushing up against each other as pressure from either side forces them together. Hurley’s photograph captures the vast scale of the Antarctic landscape, with the ship dwarfed by the striking, sharp-edged sheets of ice, rearing up under their own pressure.

Silver bromide print

15.5 x 20.4 cm