The expression of a love of history can take many forms. Constant reading, the writing down of ideas, the desire to speak and discuss what may or may not have happened in some past time and place – all of these are ways of celebrating the beauty of historical learning and the hunger for greater knowledge that develops from it. For some, it is the love of details that keeps them going, the physical and tangible minutiae of every historical milieu that holds them rapt. Yet the intangible is just as powerful a driver – the deep emotion one feels when gazing upon a burial mound thousands of years old, or seeing in the flesh an item which once belonged to some famed figure of hallowed antiquity.
I put this video together many years ago now, but looking back at it, I find myself feeling that same rush, the same tingling in the spine, that I felt when first I saw these early 20th Century images from Scott’s expedition to Antarctica. This is an attempt to capture that feeling, without words of explanation or justification.
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