London-based Italian photographer, Enzo Barracco, won the world over with his book The Noise Of Ice: Antarctica. We sat down with the man who cites nature as his muse to find out what inspires him:

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey

I love many films but as a photographer, I find Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece particularly inspiring for its capacity to tell a story through the sheer power of the image. With minimal sound and dialogue, the narrative relies predominantly on the strength of Kubrick’s visuals.

2. Patagonia

Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia is where I prepared for my expedition to Antarctica, and where I decided to shift the course of my career from fashion photography to documentary and conservation. Its remote and untouched beauty made me feel as if I was standing at the edge of the world.

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3. The ocean

The subject of my next project and a huge source of inspiration. I grew up by the sea and I’ve always seen it as a huge blank canvas. The ocean offers the vastest landscape in the world and has the ability to always surprise you. It constantly stimulates my creativity.

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4. My camera

I’m not generally attached to any object, but my camera is the one thing that allows me to express my vision of the world, so it definitely holds a special place in my life. When I am somewhere remote, the camera is the portal bridging my experience to the public who will see my images. Because of that, I have a deep respect for it.


5. Antarctica

I am driven by the belief that I have yet to take my best photo but if I had to choose, I’d say this picture from my last project in Antarctica is one of my best. It’s the starting point of my book The Noise of Ice: Antarctica, which documents the effects of climate change. I waited six hours for the perfect light and weather conditions to take it. When you work with nature, you have no control over timing. It’s a very different process from shooting in a studio.

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