Fay Slimm.

William

 

 

William.

 

A tribute to William Grant one of the
first pioneers of Arctic Photography.

 


Afternoon light, heavy with whiteness
tightened its grip on
icicles hanging from every branching
pine tree and roof.
The ground under-foot looked crusted
but collapsed when
gaining confidence, so plunged William
knee-deep in part slush.
Happiness surrounded this old beardy
hunter who bent grisly
head back to let out manic laughter as,
fumbling he got one final
camera-shot of that called "Wilderness"
After long-time experience,
taught by arctic condtions amid viscous
unwrinkled cold sea-top
sheltering frost-grey mountainous land
for geese-skein welcome
during migration an aged photographer
laid himself down, waved
farewell breathing his last courageously.

Comments9

  • orchidee

    Good write Fay.
    That's us - in that pic - at present - let alone climbing mountains! Bbrrrr! lol

    • Fay Slimm.

      Yes it is feeling a bit cooler as December rolls in - thank for your visit dear Orchi.

    • Robert Haigh

      A fine poetic tribute to an intrepid soul! I love to go walking in snow-covered scenery, taking photographs... but the arctic? That would take a special kind of courage!

      • Fay Slimm.

        I'm with you for loving the time for snow Robert but as you rightly mention what a great difference to that freezing whiteness of the great arctic.......... thank you for dropping by for a read of me little tribute to the great W. Grant.

      • dusk arising

        I have seen some of his wonderful photography from the Scott expedition and it is remarkably good. It certainly expresses the cold remoteness in some of the frames i saw. When you consider the equipment which comprised a plate camera and each individual frame/plate it is even more remarkable. Nothing at all like our handy digital little gems of today.

        A fine tribute Fay.

        • Fay Slimm.

          Yes my friend - how heavy the equipment would have been in those days and with arctic weather it needed true dedication methinks........ great that you have seen some of Grant's work D.A. and thanks for sharing the memory.

        • Neville


          I was not expecting this at all .... probably less than them polar bears n penguins good old Bill Grant God rest his soul took shots of during his coffee break way back in the day .. when snow men were snow men and ladies would crochet .....

          cor blimey missus.. I dunno wot just came over me ... a moment of madness maybe .... anyway, where woz I going ... Oh' yes ...a FAB snapshot of a great man who is not nearly remembered as oft as he should be in my book ............... x

          • Fay Slimm.

            Glad we see eye to eye in agreement re. this little tribute Nev. - - yes a true pioneer who left guns for cameras was our great man - his was a different "shot" taken in days when nature living out there was used to snow men with more deadly intent - - ( and just for the record bless ya mon ami though I crochet sensory bags for dementia patients - well I aint no lady ) ........................ x Fay

            • Neville



              ....................................................... good on ya our Fay .... a splendid gesture my Lady ............ x

            • Michael Edwards

              A super accolade Fay

              • Fay Slimm.

                Explorers like Grant set the wheels rolling and with such dated equipment took scenes of the arctic notr before seen -- thanks Michael and so glad you enjoyed the piece.

              • Maxine Smith

                A stunning tribute Fay.

                Written as elegant as always.

                • Fay Slimm.

                  The wonders Grant brought to the public through photography deserve such as my little tribute and more dear Maxine - really appreciate your stopping by for a read.

                • ANGELA & BRIAN

                  BRIAN HERE ~ Good Evening Fay ~ thanks for your tribute to William Grant ~ Arctic Explorer ~ wonderful photos of the Arctic. When I was Younger I often used to go to The Lake District - Snowsonia & Scotland in the Winter when it is a different World from the Summer ~ scenes wich most people dont see. It gives one a tiny glimpse of waht the ARCTIC must really be like ! Thanks for shating. Please check *2020 ~ How was it for You ?*

                  Blessings & Love & Joy & Peace
                  Angela Brian & Smokey ! ! !

                • Goldfinch60

                  Wonderful tribute Fay to a highly courageous man.

                  Andy

                • RDS

                  Your words paint a pretty, frozen picture Fay. A great tribute to a true pioneering adventurer.
                  J



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