Parent Gentoo penguin with baby. I am @MarcYankus, a New York City-based fine art photographer. I will be posting till Saturday. I hope you will continue to follow me on Instagram afterwards at @marcyankus. For three decades I have photographed New York’s evolving cityscape: abandoned buildings and stately brownstones, I decided to expand my artistic horizons by journeying to Antarctica. There I brought my New York sensibility to the great outdoors — trading city blocks for icebergs and eight million people for 7 million penguins. My journey south took me to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and eventually Antarctica. The breathtaking images, so foreign to my urban eyes, included mountains enrobed in snow, massive icebergs, oceans of many blues, and, of course, the wildlife—petrels, sheathbills, and Adelie and King Penguins, elephant seals and whales, to name a few. My travels deepened my love for this area. My big concern is the international treaty, which protects Antarctica. In the year 2048, this treaty comes up for global discussion and there are strong fears that it could be dismantled, opening the area to development and destruction by global corporations. Even now, China and Russia have been increasing their presence in the area with science research centers possibly for the potential of drilling for oil when the treaty expires. The risks of such a process, and the potential for devastating oil spills, troubles me deeply. My photographs of Antarctica are my attempt at artistic activism, to awaken people to this beautiful part of Earth and how it and its inhabitants must be protected. #MarcYankus
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