The images on this site, aside from the images of me, come from Arctic, Norwegian Fjord and Antarctic expeditions in 2009, 2012 and 2015.

Why were they selected?

I liked the idea of using a set of interrelated images of systems and organisations on the site (and perhaps to rotate a variety of image sets on a regular basis).

I enjoy art and science as sources of inspiration. I think they can provide instructive case examples and metaphors for organisation development.

Images that I took myself were an obvious place to begin.

The thoughts that surface for me when I think about my polar experiences are about the dynamics of the temporary, intimate organisation that is formed by people on a small expedition ship. I think about:

  • The cohorts (crew, expedition staff and passengers) that need to work together to make the voyage a success.
  • The uniforms, the regimentation of time, the rapid formation of teams and relationships, the contrivance of an expedition.
  • The politics, envy and jostling over who is the most seasoned polar traveller, and who has the biggest camera.
  • The people who aren’t bothered by the pecking order or its hangups.
  • The breaking of bread during shared meals.
  • The storming and the stand offs.
  • The ultimate disbandment and good faith promises to stay in touch that may or may not be kept.

You may see all sorts of systems and organisations in these images. Enjoy.

 Zodiac full of people with their eye out for wildlife and icebergs.

Arctic Circle, Norway, 17 July 2012.

Expeditioners and Guides exploring the Arctic Circle

When travelling by sea in the polar regions, you are part of a new, temporary organisation each time you go ashore. It’s like being in a team of self managed teams.

Antarctica, 17 Dec 2009.


The Walrus Photography Project. Adults and juveniles piled atop one another; the only animals in the North that the Polar Bear won’t take (big tusks).

Arctic Circle, Norway, 17 July 2012.

Kayaking in the bay, sharing the waters with Minke whales.

Antarctica, 15 December 2009.

The coach.

Arctic Circle, Norway, 17 July 2012.

error: Content is protected !!