The Terra Nova at the ice foot, Cape Evans taken by Herbert Ponting
The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton & Antarctic Photography

Grotto in an iceberg

'A lovely symphony of blue and green', Part 1

Both Captain Scott and Herbert Ponting - the photographer accompanying him on the Terra Nova expedition - wrote about the intense colours that they encountered in the landscape of Antarctica. In this series of three short talks by Royal Collection curator Sophie Gordon, we examine how Ponting attempted to capture these magical blues, greens and oranges in his photographs beginning here with the blues of this grotto within an iceberg, taken in January, 1911.

Herbert Ponting, Grotto in an iceberg, 5 January 1911, RCIN 2580016