About the Book
The pictures were made during two journeys to Greenland, the first by flying from Europe via SAS Airlines to Sondre Stromfjord then going by the packet ship “Disko” along the west coast to the sea-ice limit at Umanak Fjord and Ikerasaq. This memorable trip in 1977, included a week-long stopover on Disko Island in the Davis Straight. We went on south to Godthab and on an outing to Amitsoc we spotted 33 different flower species in just a few minutes!
Our floral expeditions continued a year later flying from Iceland to Angmagssalik on the east coast for a short visit – limited at the time by the local tourist authorities and lack of accommodations. Both journeys were made using self-arranged public sea and air facilities. We enjoyed hotel beds at Sondre Stromfjord and Godthab on the west coast, whereas nights on the “Disko," were too interesting on deck to use our sleeping bags. The midnight sun was truly breathtaking as the ship sailed slowly through the ice floes...
Born in 1925 in Grimsby, England I soon showed artistic aptitude and won a scholarship to study graphic design – studies disrupted by the war, and service in Royal Air Force. After the war I worked on missiles and the Skylark research rocket. In 1972 I was offered a job in the German Aerospace Research Organization, the NASA of Germany. The change of life-style in Bavaria triggered me to take photography seriously, making close-ups of Alpine flowers for my wife. This developed into a fascination for detail and still life, as well as landscapes, making images featured in my exhibitions and several books. We made many journeys around the Greek islands, France, Italy, Spain & Portugal, shooting literally acres of film. I have often said that if a motif presents itself suddenly ‘out of the blue’, I see it intuitively as a graphic image or some abstract design – a reaction difficult to describe and almost impossible to teach others. I photograph anything that stands or moves, or moves me.