Friday, January 03, 2014

Negatives Frozen in Antarctica for 100 Years

A box of 22 exposed but unprocessed negatives were recently found in a block of ice in Antarctica. The Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust were working to restore an old exploration hut, and they discovered the cellulose nitrate negatives. They believe the images were left there by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, which became stranded on Ross Island when their ship blew out to sea during a blizzard in 1914.

The negatives were painstakingly processed, and the images turned out. They're far from perfect, but they showed scenes from an Antarctic exploration 100 years ago:

See the rest of the images in a little slideshow HERE.


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