The Bernacchi Tribute - "Self Portrait - Louis and Joe"


Hobart, Australia

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Louis Bernacchi was a physicist trained in astronomy and terrestrial magnetism, a photographer and writer. He Grew up on Maria Island and was educated at the Hutchins School in Hobart. As a member of Borchgrevink`s 1898-1900 Southern Cross expedition he endured the first winter on the Antarctic continent and collected a complete set of magnetic data over an annual cycle. He became the first Australian (and Tasmanian) to work and winter in Antarctica.

The expedition vessel “Southern Cross” departed from the very spot on which this tribute stands.

Bernacchie also took the photographs that illustrate his book and Borchgrevink`s “First on the Antarctic Continent”. The results are really the first comprehensive collection of photographs of an expedition that was not ship based and portraying continental Antarctica.

Later he (with Joe, his favourite husky from the Antarctic expedition) was recruited as physicist for Captain R. F. Scott`s British National Antarctic Expedition (1901-04); he was regarded as a tireless and energetic observer and a `cheerful and loyal friend` to all the party. His scientific writings and Scott`s published views testify to the value of his work, and he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society and the King`s Antarctic medals as well as the French Cross of the Légion d`honneur (1906).

This sculpture by Stephen Walker of Louis taking a self portrait photograph of himself with Joe, stands on the Hobart waterfront at Sullivans Cove with companion sculptures of seals, penguins and huskies nearby.

This shot taken with Pentax k-r on 2 September 2011.

Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
ISO 200
0 EV
Hand held

Minor adjustments to shadows, highlights and sharpening in PSE 9.
Converted to jpeg for uploading to redbubble.

Featured 09/04/11 in Statues and Such Group

Featured by Hobart Tasmania Group on 10/01/11

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