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Lords of the Ice
Photograph by David McLain

Even after butchering a walrus, Gedion Kristiansen's polar-bear pants remain nearly spotless. Such is the precision of a Greenland hunter wielding his tools—especially an ax, a flensing knife, or a harpoon. Over the centuries Greenlanders have passed down the survival techniques that Kristiansen and his four fellow hunters use as they travel across the frozen sea along northern Greenland's coastline during a spring hunt. Their ancestors have prepared them for almost every contingency except the one they face now—the apparent melting of the sea ice, which is the prime hunting ground for the game on which their families survive.


Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/2000 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Clear and -25ºF
(-32ºC)
Time of Day: High noon
Lighting Techniques: Available light
Special Equipment or Comments: I used chemical hand warmers inside my oversize down mittens. These were key to making this image happen.

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