When I was 23 I walked up the Franz Joseph Glacier in Haast, NZ. It was a very wet day. We had ice picks and spiked boots. The team of about 15 of us were all tied together. But the rain would wash the footholds away - I was the 12th person in the line and the caverns we were negotiating on our way up the glacier were bottomless - if you slipped...it was all over - and you were going to take several other people with you.
It was exhilarating - but you definitely didn’t want to slip and fall.
I’ve been fascinated by glaciers ever since - they’re one of my passions to photograph.
In 2017 we spent a week traveling up the Inside Passage to Alaska and on my list was to helicopter onto the Mendenhall Glacier - a beautiful and spectacular place. I had to sneak away from the group we were with to get some of these photos much to the horror of our guides - after a month of traveling through the US, Canada and Alaska, these are still some of my favorite images.
A truly spectacular place...which has been receding at an alarming pace...