about this limited edition photograph:
Few pictures will have quite such a lasting effect on me as this one. Standing in a plume of sulphur, nitrogen, methane, arsenic (yes, arsenic is what makes the orange colour!) and antimony sulphides as they erupt from their 260 degree Celsius core to near 100 degrees at the surface is “up there” on my list of stupid things I’ve done to get a photo.
Part of a scouting trip to New Zealand, in order to plan in a winter shoot around the Southern Alps, I took the opportunity to visit Wai-o-Tapu around 250km south of Auckland to capture some of the stunning geothermal features that are available when you stay on islands built from so much volcanic history. Fearing for the worst (I’d seen many pictures in cloud and strong wind), I didn’t plan on huge success, but got lucky around an hour after we arrived – the sky cleared to “Simpsons Clouds” and the wind stayed stable enough to only dowse me and my camera for around 10-15 minutes while I was shooting this image. (Yes, that’s success, compared to the state of some of the visitors I witnessed returning that day!)
Due to the amount of CO2 released from underground, this landform has been named “the champagne pool” – very apt, as it bubbles away before you. However, to me, the stench, the heat and the colours lead me to think of much more sinister connotations…
So, this witches’ brew was caught on my camera
Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
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