“Fifty days of travel, fifty days of blessings”
In 2015, Jorge Losse visited Antarctica aboard the Almirante Oscar Viel icebreaker, a now decommissioned supply vessel. Accompanying the Chilean Navy on their regular survey missions, he spent fifty days documenting the isolated, ethereal landscape of La Bahía Margarita.
The rich, other-worldly colours of his images are far removed from the bleakness we associate with the landscape, an intentional aesthetic on Losse’s part: “The choice of film was important, no doubt, each film has its own personality. I used Ektra 100, it has excellent grain and vivid colours, and also Portra 400 for its versatility.”
Daga, a fanzine produced by Losse from the same publishing house, follows a similar, explorative aesthetic. It looks to index local authors and artists in celebration of the local creativity of Santiago de Chile. It’s intended audience? “For those who smell paper and ink”: a motto redolent of first hand discovery – a longing to have the physical object in a digital world, and of travelling to the far corners of the earth to witness it yourself.
Maya Errázuriz, in her foreword for Causa Sui, Losse’s self-published book of his project in Antartica, succinctly captures his intrepid spirit, and that of his publications, when she remarks: “I admire those who can embark on an aimless journey to discover things, allowing oneself to get carried away by an instinct, a feeling. It is something I have never been able to do, but when looking at Jorge Losse’s photographs I am able to live that experience for just a moment.”
Photography © Jorge Losse