Herbert G Pointing @ The Empty Quarter

When I was in Dubai which was a few weeks, I visited a fantastic photography gallery called The Empty Quarter. Elie, the proud owner of the gallery is kind, gracious and has a great roster of people and shows. The exhibition that was up when I visited was a really memorable one. It made you instantly feel sort of lame about ever complaining about carrying around one too many lenses on your back. No pain, no gain folks. People die for their art and for what they believe in. Here is a quick read on what this show was about.

T E R R A N O V A

In 1910, the Terra Nova expedition set itself the glorious task of conquering the South Pole. Captain Robert Falcon Scott led a group of men in a long and excruciating venture, which ultimately ended with their tragic death. Scott and his men died on their way back from the Pole, overcome by extreme cold, exhaustion and starvation.

“All the daydreams must go”, wrote Scott in his diary. But the dreams, the ambitions and the beauty of Scott’s journey did not fade away:

Herbert G. Ponting, recruited as ‘camera artist’ for the Terra Nova expedition, left over 1700 glass plate negatives as a testimony of the Antarctic venture, now marking its centennial anniversary.

Some of these pictures were just raw, honest and printed to perfection. I know am a richer person for seeing these come to life before me. I encourage you to visit the gallery webpage and read up a bit about the legacy Mr. Pointing left behind. Below is the fabulous gallery owner Elie.

The Worst Journey in the World – Captain Scott

Portrait of Mr. Herbert G Pointing

Elie, owner and curator at The Empty Quarter, DIFC, Dubai

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2 Responses to “Herbert G Pointing @ The Empty Quarter”

  1. Angela C Says:

    These “Explorers” pictures are remarkable. Thank you so much for posting. Now I am going to research them a bit more.

  2. Nasser Alhameli Says:

    Herbert G is a great photographic symbol, I am not surprised of Elie’s great insight having those plates at his gallery -Elie unfortunately left the Empty Quarter Gallery-.
    I do not know if those plates are printed in Platinum/Palladium or they are just scanned glass negatives and enlarged… cuz I visited one of the gallery’s web sites and they were printed with Platinum/Palladium, which is one of the historical alt process.

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