The first teaser trailer for the film is here! Take a look and let us know what you think!
The Condition One team will visit Escanaba on September 15 to kick off a five week exhibit of John’s Antarctica and Detroit still photography at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center. Join us for the Gallery Walk Reception in the lower gallery of the Bonifas at 7 PM on Thursday, September 15. The exhibit will run from September 15 to October 27. Be sure to check it out!
Also join us for a 4 PM presentation at Bay College on the 15th. John and Frida will be presenting for the Bay College Colloquia Series and will share images and updates on the Condition One project, the Antarctica trip, and the recent filming in Detroit.
As C1 filming began this week in Detroit, it’s very apparent that this urban landscape can be very challenging. The people making a difference and succeeding here have remarkable resolve and determination. It’s encouraging the see the difference they’re efforts are making!
The Condition One team is on the road again. This time it’s Detroit to continue filming the rest of the project. More updates will be coming soon as August 15th markes the start of operation Detroit!
Condition One is the topic for tonights Northern Center for Life Long Learnings presentation at the Superior Dome. John is still in Chicago, but Ill be speaking starting at 7.
Well also be recording a Media Meet with WNMU Public TV 13 this week for air in February. Ill keep you posted.
Im now entering day 8 since my first flight leaving the ice was canceled due to weather. Last night Delta got me into Detroit late so I missed my connection to Marquette. Today, Im rebooked to Minneapolis with a connection to Marquette.
My head is a blur with only a few hours of sleep in the past 48 hours. I hope I make it today!!
Tomorrow brings with it another attempt at landing the C-17 cargo jet on the ice runway at the Pegasus air field. Not only would I be able to leave the ice if it makes it, but everyone on station would get some much sought after items that include fresh veggies and Christmas mail!
All signs, including the weather are indicating a go for tomorrows landing and I was even able to look first hand at the airfield conditions today. Gary Cardullo, the air field and operations manager gave me an up close and personal tour of the facilities while he had crews performing maintenance. Everything from the entire length of the 10,000 foot runway, to the pad the planes park on is carefully checked. Safety is the top priority and everyone works hard long hours to make sure conditions are perfect. We made several passes down the runway making assessments for the night crews assignments and everyone is confident that things are looking great.
So if the weather holds I should be basking in the 80 degree weather of Christchurch New Zealand for a few short hours before continuing onward to another frozen tundra… northern Michigan.
Well… It happened again. This time I actually got all the way out to the airfield before I learned the flight was canceled. The incoming plane was not able to land and headed back to New Zealand.
Keeping my composure was seemingly harder today as I stood on the ice shelf hoping the news was somehow just a cruel joke, but no such luck. The hour long ride in the Terra-Bus back to McMurdo station was a quiet one. Everyone onboard was feeling the same dissapointment, especially knowing that there won’t be another landing attempt until Monday.
Our ad-hock family back at McMurdo was once again there with words of encouragement and undertanding. Somehow those of us that are part of this group of 40 seem to be more noticable as we make our way around the station, as people are always trying to help lift your spirits. This time however, it seems to be taking a little longer to accept the situation.
It’s Christmas here tomorrow and I’m hoping that focusing more on the savior this holiday is centered around will help me to realize just how fortunate I am. Even when so much of me is longing for home.
As most of our reader know, the focus of our project is on extremes and how the human spirit rises to overcome adversity. With this in mind, I awoke this morning to find the flight I was scheduled on to leave the ice and head north was canceled due to bad weather. As much as I’m going to miss this place, it was a big disappointment. This was the last flight out that would get me back home to my family in time for Christmas.
Going into this, I (and my family) knew this might be a possibility when the schedule was pushed to the limit and allowed no room for delays. Accepting the possibilities is always easier then the realities. But as I look around the galley as I write this post, I’m amazed by the eclectic community I’ve somehow managed to become a part of. With Christmas a mere two days away, I’m truely touched by the thoughtful words and encouragement of the people I now call friends. Knowing my situation and disappointment has seemingly rallied everyone to help keep my spirits high and make the best of a situation that I wish were different. With the sounds of carolers singing right outside the galley, it has become clear to me that I’m centered right in the very thing I came to obverse. The human spirit rising up, and overcoming.
The people that travel nearly 10,000 miles to work in a place that man should not be able to survive in, possess some amazing skills. Not the least of which is their genuine willingness to help each other in times of need. Even if you’ve only been here a few short weeks. For this, I’m truly thankful.
To my Antarctic family… Thank You, and Merry Christmas!