The Shape of Cold

CompanyJulie Stephenson
Photographerjulie stephenson
Prize1st Place in Book(Self-published)
Entry Description

As an explorer in the space of raw isolation and extremes, I saw and felt the shape of cold. The 'Shape of Cold' exposes itself in an environment where no indigenous peoples could say it was their home - Antarctica. These shapes began to reveal to me the nature not only of this profoundly exquisite and powerful place; but of the nature of myself. In our times where climate change is controversial yet evident in the polar caps where ice sheets are retreating and glaciers are calving and moving at unprecedented rates; most people are far removed from the effects of how we live. My journeys to the polar regions of both Antarctica and Greenland have enabled me to experience and witness the changes of our planet and through my connection and photographs I offer others an opportunity to have greater awareness and connection to our incredibly beautiful planet and our place as a part of it.

About Photographer

I am a journeywoman. I live my life as an explorer. An adventurer. An Observer. An artist. There is no differentiation between how I live my life and the art that is an expression of it. My creative endeavors through my images, words, prints, books, teaching, speaking engagements, website and art; are all an expression of the extension of the way I just dive deeply into exploring the unknown of living; and examine the world in which we all live. I have a deep connection with the land and am interested in exploring the unseen. I hear with my eyes. I am an artist, with my primary medium as photography. It is through my lens that I learn about myself. I use my photographs to express the ‘unseen’ that I feel in the landscape and environment in which I breathe. My photographs are at the core of all my creative expression, and my artworks, installations, books; all evolve from my photographs. From a young age I’ve had a deep connection with the natural world and have been recognised by Shaman around the world as one of their peers. Because of my own shamanic gifts, I have a keen interest in the ways of the ‘unseen’ in all indigenous cultures. I have concerns for our environment and my recent publications of exquisite photographs of Antarctica and whales, aim to increase awareness of conservation through connection. I have travelled 7 continents; driven through China, Mongolia, Belarus, Russia, India, Bhutan, Myanmar, most of Europe, Morocco, Spain, Portugal; and am presently exploring bodies of work in relation to my connection with the environment from my journeys to Greenland and Antarctica. I have been invited to attend an art residency in Norway in March/April 2018; and The Arctic Circle residency in Svalbard in 2018 where I will continue to explore my current bodies of work.