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Eva Wu

Post Students on Ice Reflection by Eva Wu

Image by Eva Wu as the Students on Ice vessel M/V Ushuaia sails through the Lemaire Channel, Antarctic Peninsula.

Image by Eva Wu as the Students on Ice vessel M/V Ushuaia sails through the Lemaire Channel, Antarctic Peninsula.

The holidays were amazing for most people who got to take time off and reunite with their families, but for me, I had another adventure to embark on. For the past two weeks I journeyed with Students on Ice to a remarkable and life changing world, Antarctica.

There are truly no words in the English language that are able to capture the essence that Antarctica emanates. It's sublime beauty and power can in no way be reiterated with photos or stories, but I brought back what I could to try and portray this majestic continent.

One of the most pressing challenges that we faced everyday as we sailed through the boulders of ice was judging distance. We all knew that the mountains were big but we never knew how big. All the peaks stretched well above the clouds but it was at the point that every single mountain went well up and beyond to where the colours faded away. Standing there on the deck of the boat there it was impossible to conceive of just how far away and tall these sublime beauties stood.

There was this one time when we watched an avalanche fall from halfway up the mountain and it gave us just a glimpse of the grandeur. We heard the boom, we saw the crack, and we saw the fall. The snow fell like a waterfall from the peak, but slowly, ever so slowly. The stream of light grey drifted down like a feather on a summers day.

After that we realized just how mighty this land is. As the captain of a British Antarctic Survey Base said to us, "Antarctica takes no prisoners." If we fall down a crevice or tumble down a cliff, we would be done.

An iceberg that floats by our ship, taken by Eva Wu.

An iceberg that floats by our ship, taken by Eva Wu.

It is even harder to imagine if all of this were to disappear. Should the climate change more than it has already then the glaciers would disappear and the mountains would fade away. The future generations would not be able to truly appreciate this other world and understand the otherworldly and eerie landscapes that nature can shape.

If my time in Antarctica has taught me anything it is that every action counts towards preserving our environment and habitats. There is truly no other place in the universe that is like Antarctica, and all I can hope for after I relay my memories is that this world can act as a catalyst for people to preserve our Earth and our people.

With these images Art with Heart can incorporate them into the photo albums and installation projects that will soon be popping up all over Toronto. We can make the most out of this chilly expedition to send those in need to a whole new other world so that we can develop and grow together.