Century-old box of Shackleton expedition negatives discovered in Antarctica


We can be pretty sure Alexander Stevens didn’t take a couple of them.

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I have no proof but I suspect this is a hoax perpetrated by Mumford & Sons.

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These guys are not adequately equipped to be responsible for these items.

  1. Assholes locked graphics into a Flash player so… we… can’t download them? Who told you that, guys?

  2. Images have been contrast-corrected in photoshop TERRIBLY. The fucking morons don’t understand how it works, so they let photoshop include the damaged ares of the negatives in the correction area. What happens when you let photoshop auto contrast when there’s already very bright and very dark parts as part of the picture? Basically nothing. What happens when you don’t include those areas in the contrast? You get a far better result.

In this one I’ve just isolated the actual picture part of the image and done a manual contrast. It’s not rocket surgery.


Does that say “Shell Benghazi”?

That’s great that you fixed the white balance. All the Arctic Heritage Trust did was trek down to a supply hut at the end of the earth, recover the negatives from a block of ice, process them in a darkroom and archive them for future generations. What assholes.


You could probably send them money or offer support to them. I’m fairly certain a nice batch of your time and/or money would be appreciated, they’re a good organization who isn’t getting enough support as it is.


Get the details right. They were there already, not in a block of ice and already developed. As I clearly stated I played with the contrast and brightness not white balance. My biggest gripe is the Flash blob and the fact that someone, somewhere already ran it through photoshop, but didn’t really know what they were doing.

Not that I think you really care what happened with them, it’s documented in the .pdf that was linked in the post.

The photographs found in Captain Scott’s expedition base at Cape Evans, Antarctica required specialist conservation treatment. The Antarctic Heritage Trust (NZ) engaged Photographic Conservator Mark Strange to undertake the painstaking task of separating, cleaning (including removing mould) and consolidating the cellulose nitrate image layers. Twenty-two separate sheets were revealed and sent to New Zealand Micrographic Services for scanning using a Lanovia pre-press scanner. The digital scans were converted to digital positives.

@SteampunkBanana good point… I might just do that, but I doubt they’d agree to my condition that they be upped somewhere in a reasonable resolution with a CC licence

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According to the site, it’s Benzine

Alexander Stevens, chief scientist and geologist on-board the Aurora. Shell Benzine cases on the left. Cellulose nitrate processed sheet film negative, found in Captain Scott’s 1911 expedition base, Cape Evans, Antarctica, by Antarctic Heritage Trust (NZ) conservators. Photo taken by Ernest Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party 1914-1917. Mould staining around edge.

A shoggoth took the pictures. Duh!

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then… you would think after all that toil and trouble they could spend a bit more time presenting their work in an appropriate manner. Crappy looking thumbnails should not be the first viewing of this incredible find to the public.

Close, it’s clearly a viral campaign for a distant-past, prequel to THE THING from John Carpenter. This time, it’s a penguin alien shapeshifter!


Well, it sounds like it cannot hurt to ask them if they would mind. I cannot imagine that Hurley/Shackleton’s copyright is still active after a hundred years, CC should not be much of an issue.

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