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National Geographic: Arctic sea ice

February 10th, 2016

National Geographic Magazine recently published the story about Arctic sea ice in winter, this is one of the four international editions (India) that featured one of the pictures from the story on its cover.

The print story was featured in the January issue, but you can still read the story and see the pictures here.

You can also watch a video of our time on the ice here.

National Geographic Cover by Nick Cobbing

Ice drift story

April 27th, 2015

Here’s a preview of my recent assignment for National Geographic Magazine, about a Norwegian expedition to freeze a ship into and drift with the Arctic sea ice. National Geographic have reported the story on their website, in four parts:

Lance story part one

Lance story part two

Lance story part three

Lance story part four

Look out for the full story in National Geographic Magazine printed version early in 2016.

Arctic Ice MM8407

Wildphotos 2014

October 8th, 2014

I’ve been invited to speak at Wildphotos which takes place in London on the 24th to 26th October.

There are some great speakers this year including Sven Začek and Orsolya Haarberg

You can see the full list of speakers on the Wildphotos website.



January 23rd, 2014

Calvings is a new place on the web where I’ll be sharing images, notes and previews of upcoming work. Presented in the form of a blog I’ll be mixing news of my own work with links to photographers and film makers that I find inspiring. I’ll continue to update these news pages and this website with finished stories of course, but while you’re waiting for new work to be finished, you might like to see it ‘in progress’ on the Calvings pages.

You can visit Calvings here

Calvings keyline

Look3 Festival of Photography

May 27th, 2013

“Three days of peace, love and photography” is how Look3 bills itself. I’m really pleased to be showing some work at the festival which takes place in Charlottesville USA in June this year. This is the introduction from their website:

LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph is a celebration of photography, created by photographers, for those who share a passion for the still image. The Festival features exhibits and on-stage appearances of our INsight artists, as well as exhibitions, outdoor projections, workshops and interviews over three days and nights. The Festival is designed to bring together the international photography community and create opportunities for attendees and artists to share images, ideas, and to be inspired.

See more details about the Look3 festival here

A slot called Shots&Works allows photographers to show whole projects projected on screen as 4 minute films, this year it features my work along with many others, like Britta Jaschinski, Eugene Richards and Nina Berman. The work I’m showing is a short personal story about the Arctic, which attempts to set the loss of sea ice in the context of human time.

See the whole Shots&works schedule here

Look3 festival of photography in Charlottesville

Exhibition in London

January 11th, 2013

A new show of my work will open on Saturday the 12th January and runs until the 9th Feb at the Architectural Association in London, called Ice Blinks and Water Skies. The address is The AA Gallery Front Members’ Room, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES. Opening times are: Mon to Fri 10am -7pm, Saturdays 10am -3pm. There is a cafe in the next door room that makes excellent coffee, why not meet a friend there!

See more details about the show here on the AA’s web page

Architecture Association Cobbing show

Radio Silence -Ny-Ålesund essay

September 10th, 2012

Ny-Ålesund is one of the most northern settlements in the world and home to a unique research base for Arctic science. This photo-essay tracks the community of Ny-Ålesund through two seasons and explores the visible contrast between its industrial past and high-tech future. Recently the BBC’s David Shukman has filed reports from the remote location, interviewing some of the scientists that work there.

View the whole photo-essay about life at Ny-Ålesund here

David Shukman’s report about Ny-Ålesund

David Shukman interviews Norwegian climate and ice scientists

Coal train in deep snow at Ny-Ålesund on the coastline of Svalbard

Herald Tribune on sea ice

August 29th, 2012

Until now, the record low for Arctic sea ice cover was set in September 2007 (when I was in the Arctic on the Noorderlicht) Now that record has been broken and sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean has reached a new record low. The newspaper front page here features one of my sea ice pictures. Sure it’s great to have a front page picture, but with that comes bad news for the Arctic environment and the weather systems of our planet.

One of the best explanations of what this means is here.

My gallery about scientists working on the ice is here.

My sea ice work used in print.


Crystal House moves to Yorkshire

July 8th, 2012

Roger Hiorn’s Crystal House which I photographed for Artangel back in 2008, is due to move to Yorkshire. The art piece called Seizure has been given a new lease of life and will be installed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It sounded like a considerable feat of engineering to move the work, I like this quote from Hiorns: “I was more than happy to complicate its future: if you have the opportunity to complicate things, then you should always take it,”

You can read the Guardian story here

See the series of pictures I made of the work here

Guardian coverage of the Crystal House


July 8th, 2012

Wildphotos is one of the highlights of wildlife and nature photography events, there are some great speakers this year. I’m delighted to be speaking there again, at the Royal Geographic Society in London, this time about my sea ice work and “telling a story whilst earning a living”.

You can see the whole calendar of events here

The full list of speakers here.

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