Beyond the Imaginary Gates

Iain Brownlie Roy
Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals encapsulates in miniature the much larger environmental problems of an imperfect world. This work presents a unique collection of plankton specimens related to the pioneering discoveries made by naturalist JV Thompson in Cork Harbour during the 1800s. These recently found specimens are deceptive, however, and mysteriously conceal their true origin.
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There are now precious few places left on earth with which we do not feel familiar, if not from first hand experience then at least from the perspective of the armchair traveller and fewer still where the camera has not yet prescribed our vision. An unrivalled collection of images of one of the last unsullied wildernesses in the world: the vast, uninhabited spaces of north-east Greenland. These beautiful, majestic and poetic landscapes exist in one of the harshest environments on earth. Roy traces the historical background with a brief outline of Greenland’s early exploration. He documents the poignant traces of the Inuit tribe their winter houses, summer tent circles and graves and enigmatic stone mosaics and the structures left by the European trappers who once plied their dog-sledges in the lonely fjords. Iain Roy’s first expedition to Greenland was in 1982, to the mountainous region of the south near Cape Farewell. He was a member of a small group of Arctic enthusiasts who shared a love of wild spaces and whose ambitions were fuelled by the accounts of earlier pioneers early whaling and expedition journals and memoirs of scientists and trappers from the pre-war period. The group pooled their resources in order to reach remote corners of a faraway region that had become their common obsession. Roy himself has since made ten expeditions to the region. Iain Roy was a reader in photography at the University of Brighton where he formerly taught history of art. He now lives in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. His Arctic photographs have been presented in various exhibitions.

Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
Size: 286 x 260mm
165 pages, 120 Duotone photos

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ISBN 13 9781904587064
Publisher Dewi Lewis
Signed Copy No
Date Published 2004
Binding Hardcover
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