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by Katherine Yaksich

Happy Earth Day 🌍✌️ 

#antarcticaordie 

(at Antarctica)

Happy Earth Day 🌍✌️ #antarcticaordie

(at Antarctica)

NYC Independent Film Festival - Films - Antarctica by Katherine Yaksich

Check out this interview I did for my Antarctica film premiere next week. Below are some excerpts and the full interview is here: https://www.nycindieff.com/film/antarctica

Interview by Kerby Pierre. 

KP: Thank you Reuben for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Your film is very unique. What inspired you to film this exotic short?
RH: I had a strong feeling that visiting Antarctica, my final continent, would be a significant life experience. I wanted to memorialize the journey in a special, meaningful way. I was inspired by Ron Fricke’s time-lapse work in Samsara, and the one second a day sequence in the movie, Chef.

KP: The film shows NYC, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Antarctica. Why did you choose those five locations?
RH: The film begins and ends in NYC, which is where I live now. Argentina is where we embark on the Antarctic expedition ship, and I also wanted to visit the Salar de Uyuni (salt flats) in Bolivia, and photograph the Milky Way rise above the Atacama Desert in Chile, one of the driest places on earth.

KP: Of all the vast landscapes of these five diverse countries how did you narrow it down to two minutes?
RH: It was incredibly challenging to film every single day, especially on the boring days where not much was happening, such as travel days or days at sea. I really had to reach and try and find beauty in the mundane, and editing it down to just one second a day was extremely difficult. There are a lot of beautiful shots that didn’t make the final cut.

KP: What do you want the audience to get from this beautifully shot short?
RH: There is beauty everywhere, even in the mundane. Antarctica, the largest wilderness area in the world, transformed and forever changed me. Never in my entire life have I been in such close proximity to so much wildlife and such raw, untouched beauty. It humbled me because it is like no other place on earth. I hope these images will have a lasting impact and inspire others to protect and safeguard the future of our planet.

by Katherine Yaksich

Tiny Beautiful Things  

#antarcticaordie #marchofthepenguins  

(at Antarctica)

Tiny Beautiful Things

#antarcticaordie #marchofthepenguins

(at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

| changes | 

 Contemplating these words today:  

 “Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?”  

 - Rumi 

 #antarcticaordie 

 (at Antarctica)

| changes |

Contemplating these words today:

“Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?”

- Rumi

#antarcticaordie

(at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

“He who seeks beauty will find it.” - Bill Cunningham  

#antarcticaordie #iamnature   

(at Antarctica)

“He who seeks beauty will find it.” - Bill Cunningham

#antarcticaordie #iamnature

(at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”   

- Rumi  

#antarcticaordie  

(at Antarctica)

“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”

- Rumi

#antarcticaordie

(at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

In honor of #Jonas, here’s one of my favorite images from last month’s Antarctic expedition  

#antarcticaordie #❄️  

(at Antarctica)

In honor of #Jonas, here’s one of my favorite images from last month’s Antarctic expedition

#antarcticaordie #❄️

(at Antarctica)

by Katherine Yaksich

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2015 | A Year in Review

Greetings from Costa Rica! Costa Rica has been on my bucket list for quite some time so it’s wonderful to be relaxing and writing here as 2015 comes to a close. This year has been one of the most fulfilling and memorable years and looking back I am grateful and my heart is full.

One of the major highlights this year was my time as Photographer in Residence onboard the M/S Expedition ship in Antarctica twice this year, at the end and the beginning of the Antarctic season. It has been my long time dream to visit Antarctica ever since I was in 4th grade, and Antarctica forever changed me and left an impression on me. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced so much raw, untouched beauty, and Antarctica is out of this world and like no other place on earth. Antarctica was also my 7th and final continent. It’s crazy that I was there just 11 days ago!

I also had a blast and learned a lot freelancing for The New York Times, and working on the JR art piece that graced the cover of the New York Times Magazine, Walking New York issue. New York continues to surprise me, and I’m lucky to call it home.

This year I spent over 6 months on the road, which was exciting, tiring, and difficult at times. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to travel and create some of my most cherished memories with some of my loved ones and dear friends this year. I am reminded that life is about relationships and building community and making moments with the people that you love. 

Next year I’m excited to do an extended residency in Berlin and visit South Georgia and Antarctica again onboard the M/S Expedition.

Thanks for following along and for allowing me to share some of my images and stories this year. I’m thankful for my clients, loved ones, and friends who support me and allow me to do what I love everyday. Wishing you love, light, and peace in 2016 and beyond.

The photos above are my top 10 of 2015, curated out of 40,000 images, with captions below.

All My Best,

Reuben

1. Josefina, “Man on Wire” redefined, Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

2. A morning filled with 400 billion suns, the rising of the Milky Way over the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile

3. Breaching humpback whale, Antarctica

4. Hiking Neko Harbor, Antarctica

5. Iceberg, Antarctica

6. Antarctic light bounce

7. Breaching great white shark, South Africa

8. Recently circumcised junior Maasai warriors, Tanzania

9.  Iceberg, Antarctica

10. 12:50 AM, Camping on Rongé Island, Antarctica

by Katherine Yaksich

The thing that captivated me about Antarctica this time around is the light. The light is never ending, the magic hours last all night long, and it paints colors unlike anything I have ever seen before.   

Antarctica is different and surprising each and every time; it is like no other place on earth.   

#antarcticaordie  

(at Antarctic)

The thing that captivated me about Antarctica this time around is the light. The light is never ending, the magic hours last all night long, and it paints colors unlike anything I have ever seen before.

Antarctica is different and surprising each and every time; it is like no other place on earth.

#antarcticaordie

(at Antarctic)

by Katherine Yaksich

| 10:15 PM |  

A tabular iceberg drifts past us in the Ross Sea.   

The largest recorded iceberg, B-15, measured 183 miles long by 83 miles wide, larger than the whole island of Jamaica.   

#antarcticaordie  

(at Antarctic)

| 10:15 PM |

A tabular iceberg drifts past us in the Ross Sea.

The largest recorded iceberg, B-15, measured 183 miles long by 83 miles wide, larger than the whole island of Jamaica.

#antarcticaordie

(at Antarctic)

by Katherine Yaksich

My current home base, looking pretty as usual. Doing some last minute prep before leaving for Antarctica in a few hours.   

This will be my fourth trip to The Great White Continent as Photographer in Residence on the G Expedition ship, and I’m absolutely excited.    

#antarcticaordie   

(at Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina)

My current home base, looking pretty as usual. Doing some last minute prep before leaving for Antarctica in a few hours.

This will be my fourth trip to The Great White Continent as Photographer in Residence on the G Expedition ship, and I’m absolutely excited.

#antarcticaordie

(at Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina)