Helen Garner ‘The Feel of Steel’ 2001: excerpts for ‘Antarctica’ – writings collected by Alasdair McGregor. Can the written word stand up to a flood of photographic record?

“I determined on the spot that I would go to the icy continent in a state of heroic lenslessness; that I would equip myself with only a notebook and pen.”

“I’m lonely because everyone else is hiding behind a camera. Everywhere I turn, my view is blocked by some keen bean with a tripod. I fight the sense that a person with a camera has a prior right to any view we both happen to be looking at. I am being drawn insane by photography.”

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