Freeze Frame

Snow covered hagglunds at Casey
Snow covered hagglunds at Casey (Photo: Ian Phillips)
Ian Phillips in Antarctica.

This image captures an event that occurs quite rarely at Casey – a sustained period of snowfall with no wind over the previous afternoon and night. As I knew the situation would not last long, I took the photo as soon as there was enough daylight and before anyone moved the vehicles. Later that afternoon normality was restored, with the snow rapidly being redistributed around the station and the dreams of many for a weekend of skiing on fresh powder snow ‘gone with the wind’.

Ian Phillips is a Supervising Communications Technical Officer currently enjoying his second winter at Casey. He has also wintered at Davis and Macquarie Island and worked over a number of summer seasons. Ian is fascinated by the challenge of capturing the essence of the Antarctic environment as a ‘moment in time’. He aims for photographs of high technical standard coupled with artistic value, and says he occasionally manages a reasonable measure of success.