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Glacial Layers. Join us this August for a remote sailing expedition and workshop in the East of Greenland. Hosted by @fursty , @hannes_becker and myself, we’ll be exploring one of the worlds largest fjord systems, Scorsbysund. Whilst sailing through the fjord in search of unique Arctic imagery, we’ll be mentoring our five guests on board with our combined knowledge on photographic techniques and how to build your personal brand in the industry. Head to the link in my bio for all of the info and the application page. Stoked for this one 🤘🏼

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The Svalbard reindeer. This one appeared from above the snow line, glancing over while digging down to the ground beneath. I captured this one at 300mm, using an aperture of f/2.8 to create some depth where the snow meets the reindeer. It can be quite tricky to shoot in these whiteout situations, though I must admit I’m a huge fan of minimal scenes 🤘🏼 @visitsvalbard

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An unforgettable moment at the edge of the fast ice. Two Polar bears had been playing together at the waters edge, a mating couple we soon learned. Leading up to this image, the female had fallen into the water as the ice cracked beneath her, the male soon followed. They were diving down to fetch some kelp from the seabed beneath, and bringing it up to investigate. Soon after, the female bear looked towards our zodiac, swimming nearer as I captured the scene at 500mm. We swiftly gained some distance, and left them to continue their ways. @visitsvalbard

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2 weeks ago

Standing on the summit of Iceland. Earlier this week alongside @summitexplorers , I climbed to the highest point in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur at 2,110m. Whilst our mountains are relatively small in comparison to other countries, getting to the summit requires a 25km round trip climb from just above sea level, navigating around the outlet glaciers that run down to the valley floor. The view from the top is just incredible, giving a visual over the whole of Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe. We had super nice weather for the climb with clear skies and no wind the whole way to the top. Then right as I started to shoot on the summit, a wall of cloud rolled in, creating a nice dynamic atmosphere in the background. So stoked to have finally made it up there 🤘🏼 #hvannadalshnúkur

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2 weeks ago

East Greenland Workshop ↡ Stoked to announce that this August alongside @fursty and @hannes_becker , we’ll be hosting a seven day sailing expedition to explore the Eastern side of Greenland. Along with five of you, we will be living on board a wooden schooner named Hildur, while spending our days sailing and shooting within Scorsbysund, one of the worlds biggest fjord systems. Really excited for this one as it will a first for most of us to visit this side of Greenland, and I’m delighted to invite you to join us for it. Head to the link in my bio or swipe up in my story for all of the info 🤘🏼

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3 weeks ago

A moment in between. I’ve always found drifting clouds to be a peaceful thing to watch, especially as they interact with the landscape in the high mountains. Looking up at these frozen peaks in Svalbard, I tracked the clouds as they drifted past, waiting for that swift moment where a wall of cloud sat right above the summit. It almost lined up in the end! #svalbard

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Midnight light over the mountains of Bellsund. On the first night of my expedition around the archipelago, I spent the evening adjusting to the endless daylight. I couldn’t sleep, so I layered up and spent a few hours just sitting out on the deck of our ship as we drifted through this incredibly still water. @visitsvalbard #svalbard

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Days out at sea, a battle against gloomy ocean swells persisted as we pushed towards the East, ice charts in hand. Reaching the fast ice, we were met with a view I remember vividly as a vast and empty abyss of white. No wildlife in sight, it seemed the locals had already ventured North. With our crews morale at its lowest, I couldn’t have imagined what we’d soon experience, for what was coming would be my most profound encounter with a Polar Bear in Svalbard.

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1 month ago

Home from the Arctic. Spending time aboard an expedition ship earlier this month, I set out with an amazing team to capture images along the remote coastline of Svalbard. The expedition opened my eyes to the diverse range of resilient wildlife that call this archipelago home, and the threats they face amidst our changing climate. Diving into the post processing phase this week, I’m feeling inspired from what I’ve seen and the shots I’ve created, though quite shocked from the facts I’ve learned along the way. There are so many insights and images to share with you all, but to begin let’s start with a landscape. One day I woke up to see this interesting mountain peak passing by the window in the South West. It’s shaped like this only from one angle, so later in the trip we returned and took some time to stop the ship at this position and appreciate its form and textures up close. #Svalbard | #Arctic

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1 month ago

Stoked to be back in Svalbard ❄️ Currently I’m aboard a ship helping to co-guide an expedition around the archipelago. We’ll be following the spring season sea ice and wildlife heading North. I’ll be back online soon with updates!  For now, here’s an Arctic Fox portrait that I captured in Pyramiden last year. #Svalbard | #Arcticfox

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Evening light over the mountains of Tindfjöll.  Looking back on this moment, I was scoping in on the summit with a 400mm lens as the light cut across the mountain face. while capturing this image, I’m pretty sure it was the moment I first realised this was my favourite mountain ridge in Iceland. Earlier this year, I was trapped in a storm up there while on a ski mission. My friends and I then faced a 12 hour battle to get off the mountain. Freezing cold and completely wet we eventually made it down, and what an experience it was. In my ‘Iceland’ highlight story you can see the full day unfold. I learnt a lot on that trip, as with every mission to the mountains 🤘🏼 #Iceland

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It’s live!  Thank you to each and every one of you who has enrolled in my online workshop so far. It’s an overwhelming feeling to experience so much interest in my work and I really hope that you can gain some valuable knowledge from the tutorial series. Photography started out for me ten years ago as a fun way to travel locally with my friends in the surfing community back home in Western Australia. I could have never imagined that it would take me where it has, discovering a love for cold-climates and a deep connection to Iceland, moving across the world and now devoting my life to documenting the North. If you haven’t yet had the chance to check out my online workshop, head to the link in my bio to see what it’s all about. Thank you again everyone, I wouldn't be where I am without all of your support! #HardmanXStrohl | #Iceland

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